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Cambodia battles to save rare Mekong dolphins

The sight of two dolphins twisting playfully in the murky waters of the Mekong river elicits barely stifled squeals of delight from a boatload of eco-tourists. But a short distance upstream, river guard Pech Sokhan sighs as he holds up two large, tangled gill nets recently pulled from the murky…

Human rights group: 30 tortured bodies found in Damascus

Thirty tortured and disfigured bodies have been found in the northern Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, the scene of regular clashes between regime troops and rebels, a watchdog said on Monday. “Thirty bodies were found in the Barzeh district. They bore signs of torture and have so far not been identified,”…

The world prepares to ring 2013 in with a bang

Sydney will Monday kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013 from Dubai to Paris and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. Australia’s famous harbour city will usher in the New Year with a Aus$6.6 (US$6.9) million display curated by pop…

‘Most-wanted’ gang leader killed in Brazilian gem heist

Military police killed the leader of a gang that had spectacularly blasted its way into a gem-cutting plant in Brazil, before trading fire with police and making off with nine hostages who were later safely freed. Three of the assailants died in the shoot-out in the state of Rio Grande…

Iran stages cyber warfare drill

Iranian forces have carried out what they called cyber warfare tactics for the first time as the Islamic republic’s naval units staged manoeuvres in the key Strait of Hormuz, media reports said on Monday. The navy “launched a cyber attack against the computer network of the defensive forces in order…

Tribune media company to emerge from bankruptcy

Tribune Company, a US media conglomerate whose assets include The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times newspapers, announced that it will successfully emerge from its bankruptcy restructuring Monday. “Tribune will emerge from the bankruptcy process as a multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, strong brands in major…

Steve Kornacki: ‘A lot of the speculation now’ says sequestration cuts will stand

Chair of the House Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and guest host Steve Kornacki discussed sequestration, John Boehner’s House speakership, and what exactly drives the lack of compromise on Capitol Hill on UP with Chris Hayes Dec. 30. Kornacki said there were “conflicting reports” regarding whether sequestration would be…

US drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: official

A US drone strike has killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemen province of Al-Bayda, in the fourth such attack in a week, a local official said on Sunday. The unmanned plane fired missiles at a vehicle near the village of al-Manaseh, in the area of Rada, late…

Mexico City launches trash-for-food program

Mexico City creates over 12,000 metric tons of garbage daily. But the city’s government is combating the mountains of trash with a program that allows residents to exchange recyclables for healthy food. People receive points for recyclable materials, which can be redeemed at an on-site market that sells local produce…

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the hospital after a blood clot stemming from a concussion was discovered during a medical exam, reported the AP. Doctors found the clot during a follow-up exam for a concussion she had early in December. She is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors…

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