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Thousands take to the streets against Spain’s ‘financial genocide’

Thousands of people demonstrated in Spanish cities on Saturday pushing for a new law to end a wave of evictions of homeowners ruined by the economic crisis. Several thousand marched yelling to the din of drums and horns in central Madrid, waving banners reading “Stop evictions” and yelling “We have…

Brazil deploys commandos to quiet crime-ridden southern region

Elite police commando units fanned out on streets of southern Brazil Saturday, in an effort to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks, authorities said. The attacks — allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil’s prisons — have seen buses and private passenger cars torched…

Mother of slain inaugural performer demands action from Congress

The mother of Hadiya Pendelton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has made a PSA demanding action on gun safety from Congress. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton joined forces with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the 30-second ad spot.…

NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg: No more automatic jail time for pot possession

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a speech on Thursday that he is eliminating mandatory jail time for people arrested with small amounts of marijuana. Arrests for marijuana possession have skyrocketed since he took office and the mayor has made it plain that he does not support marijuana…

Saudi prince urges global unity against ‘terror’ threat

A senior Saudi official told an international conference on security on Saturday that the “terrorist” threat remains and urged global cooperation to combat it. “The danger of terrorism and terrorists still persists and affects several countries,” Prince Turki bin Mohammed al-Saud of the foreign ministry told delegates at the opening…

Rock hyrax’s dried urine left climate scientists a 55,000-year environmental trail

The dried urine of the African and Asiatic mammal is helping to reveal key markers in the planet’s environmental past Scientists have devised an unusual method for investigating past climate changes – by digging into ancient layers of dried urine left by the rock hyrax. The hyrax (Procavia capensis) is…

Obama calls for U.S. manufacturing revival

US President Barack Obama called on Saturday for quick congressional action designed to grow the US economy, create jobs and making America a magnet for manufacturing. “After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three,” Obama said in his weekly…

Mystery of Henri IV’s missing head divides France

Book claiming mummified skull found in the attic of a retired tax collector is that of ‘good king’ Henri IV provokes fierce debate Richard III may have had an ignominious resting place under a Leicester car park, but spare a thought for Henri IV. First the French monarch was disinterred…

Pistorius ‘numb with shock’ and ‘grief’: uncle

Oscar Pistorius’s uncle on Saturday said the jailed track star was “numb with shock” and grief following the death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom the sprinter has denied murdering. Giving the strongest indication yet that the athlete plans to plead not guilty to shooting the 29-year-old blonde model,…

Vatican’s chief exorcist thanks the Pope

The Vatican’s chief exorcist has thanked Pope Benedict XVI for opening the way to exorcisms, not only for those possessed by the devil but also those tormented by him. “Benedict held an audience with exorcists from all over the world and welcomed us with words of great, great encouragement,” Gabriel…

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