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Rape cases in New Delhi jump 23 percent in 2012

Rape cases in New Delhi jumped 23 per cent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to official figures, highlighting rising crime against women in the sprawling metropolis. The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and…

Pro-nuclear activists get pulpit at Sundance in ‘Pandora’s Promise’

What if nuclear energy offered the world the only chance to escape poverty and control global warming? A documentary that lends a pulpit to former opponents of nuclear energy who have made a 180-degree turn has made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “Pandora’s Promise” and…

Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic ‘Cleopatra’ with Angelina Jolie

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said Saturday he will “probably” accept an offer to direct historical epic “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board. Lee, whose 3D adventure “Life of Pi” has earned 11 Oscar nominations, said he would read the…

Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries

Delegations from some 140 countries have agreed to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use of health-hazardous mercury, the Swiss foreign ministry said. The world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, reached after a week of thorny talks, will aim to reduce global emission levels of the toxic heavy metal…

Corruption evil as drugs and prostitution: Interpol

Global football corruption helps drive the criminal underworld’s domination of prostitution, drug-trafficking and gun-running, an international symposium into match-fixing heard on Friday. Around 200 delegates attending the FIFA, UEFA and Interpol meeting into corruption in the sport, were told that it was crucial the match-fixers felt the full force of…

Pentagon rejects prosecutor’s request to drop 9/11 charge

The official tasked with running the Guantanamo military tribunals has rejected a prosecution recommendation to drop one of the counts faced by several detainees charged in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Pentagon said Friday. Brigadier General Mark Martins had asked the Pentagon authority overseeing the trial to drop the…

Maher: ‘It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones’

During the last segment of Bill Maher’s show on Friday, he criticized both gun owners and liberals who appeared not to care that the majority of our civil liberties have been compromised as they duke it out over gun control. “New rule: someone has to tell America’s gun nuts to…

Maher: Second Amendment is ‘anachronistic’ and being a ‘proud gun owner’ is ‘stupid’

Bill Maher started off his first show on Friday since his hiatus with a discussion on gun control, which Maher believes is politically doomed. Maher warned the crowd at the beginning of the segment, “You’re not going to like what I have to say.” He then criticized Obama’s push for…

Danny Glover: Second Amendment comes from fear of ‘slave revolts’

Actor Danny Glover said that the Second Amendment was written to strengthen the institution of slavery and help take Native American land, in a discussion with Texas A&M students on Jan. 17, according to video of the talk posted by a conservative student group. The event was honoring Martin Luther…

European space agency considers smashing spacecraft into asteroid

European space officials are considering sending a spacecraft to smash into a small asteroid — one of the pair of orbiting rocks, named Didymos, that will sail closely past the Earth in 2022 — to see if they can throw them off course, according to Ars Technica. The idea behind…

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