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Growing food on lakes a new solution to water scarcity

Costa Rican academics are pioneering the growth of crops on freshwater lakes as a way of addressing food shortages Hunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the…

Harris-Perry guest: Lead exposure in children correlated to violent crime

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the host and her panelists discussed a recent Mother Jones article that presented evidence that lead exposure in children leads to lower I.Q.s and violent crime. “The rise of emissions from leaded gasoline between the 1940s and the 1970s may have had a significant impact…

Weight-loss drug linked to deaths in France shaken by fresh scandal

Drug company boss faces manslaughter investigation as victims complain of delays in compensation A weight-loss drug believed to have killed hundreds in France’s biggest ever pharmaceutical scandal has sparked fresh controversy as victims complain of delays in state compensation and a major drug-company boss has been placed under formal investigation…

Steubenville officials create website to counter claims of cover-up in rape case

Town authorities and police set up website in attempt to counter criticism over events surrounding Big Red football team Officials in the small industrial town of Steubenville in Ohio have launched a campaign to rebut claims of a cover-up in the investigation of an alleged gang rape involving stars of…

Pelosi: Fiscal cliff deal ‘is not enough on the revenue side’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on CBS’ Face the Nation that the fiscal cliff deal does not mean that Congress is done looking for new tax revenue. Pelosi said the deal struck “is not enough on the revenue side,” although it was significant. “We’ve already agreed to a…

Tourist with lost memory puzzles Austrian police

Austrian police have made an appeal to the public for help over a tourist thought to be German languishing in the country for the past seven weeks who has lost his memory and has no identification papers. All police know is that the man arrived in the German town of…

Torture in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ film is fictional, says ex-CIA agent

Bloody interrogations like those depicted in Hollywood’s take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden “Zero Dark Thirty” never really happened, according to the former CIA official who ran such programs. “The truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation program which I supervised from…

Republicans gird for battle over Chuck Hagel at Pentagon

Comments from Republican lawmakers on Sunday presaged a fierce confirmation battle for the man US President Barack Obama is reportedly about to nominate as his defense secretary: Chuck Hagel. Obama has decided he wants the 66-year-old former Republican senator to succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon and will make his…

Sophisticated drug tunnel found near U.S.-Mexico border

Mexican authorities said they have discovered a “sophisticated” tunnel likely intended for smuggling drugs and migrants across the US-Mexico border. The entrance to the tunnel, which was still under construction, is located in a warehouse about 300 meters (328 yards) from the border between the Mexican city of Mexicali and…

Iran creating software to control social networking websites

Iran is designing “intelligent software” that would give citizens restricted and controlled access to banned social networking sites, local media on Sunday quoted police chief Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghadam as saying. “Smart control of social networks will not only avoid their disadvantages, but will also allow people to benefit from their…

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