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Geologists: Japanese nuclear plant may be on top of active seismic fault

Geologists said Monday a Japanese nuclear plant may be sited over an active seismic fault, indicating that it will probably be scrapped. All five experts tasked by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) with investigating the tectonic situation underneath Tsuruga plant in Fukui prefecture said it showed signs of geologically recent…

Self-proclaimed ‘oil addiction therapist’ says gas should be cheaper

Barack Obama is in the market for creative ways of combating climate change, and Eyal Aronoff thinks he has one – involving the US’s beloved motor car Eyal Aronoff identifies himself on his business card as an “oil addiction therapist”. He’s got an unconventional detox method, claiming he can get…

Ghanian president-elect urges respect for disputed vote results

Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama urged respect for results giving him victory in presidential polls after the opposition alleged fraud in a nation trying to uphold its image as a model African democracy. There were no reports of trouble on the streets of the west African nation’s capital Accra on Monday…

North Korea extends rocket launch window over Christmas

North Korea on Monday extended the window for its planned rocket launch by one week due to technical problems but stressed it was pushing on with the mission in the face of international condemnation. A day after announcing a review of the original December 10-22 launch schedule, the Korean Committee…

Indonesian Shiites persecuted as ‘heretics’ live in limbo

Condemned as heretics, a community of around 200 Shiite Muslims have for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall, driven from their Indonesian village after a deadly clash with Sunnis. In August, a mob of hundreds armed with sickles and swords hacked a Shiite man to death and torched…

Russian PM caught insulting investigators after interview

Stark divisions within Russia’s elite were exposed Monday when a hot mic mishap showed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slamming security forces as “jerks” for launching an early morning raid against a filmmaker. Medvedev on Friday gave an extensive end-of-year interview to five Russian channels in a clear bid to keep…

More Republicans agree to higher tax rates for the wealthy, but at what cost?

More Republicans agree to higher tax rates for the wealthy One by one, Republicans seem to be toppling in the direction of President Obama’s insistence that wealthy Americans pay higher taxes. On Sunday, it was Sen. Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee, who told “Fox News Sunday” that Republicans likely would…

Divided European Union steps up to collect Nobel Peace Prize

Undermined by three years of economic crisis, the European Union steps up divided Monday to collect this year’s Nobel peace prize, awarded for turning Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. The Nobel medal, diploma and almost million-euro prize will be handed to the organisation’s top…

GM food a ‘good thing’: UK Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson on Monday called for genetically modified food to be grown more widely and said opposition to it was “complete nonsense”, in an interview printed in the Daily Telegraph. The coalition government has allowed small-scale cultivation trials for GM food, raising speculation that it could end the…

Suffering from a bout of ‘lightheadedness,’ fugitive software pioneer John McAfee seeks return to the U.S.

US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee said that he has filed legal motions with the Guatemalan government to avoid extradition to Belize, in hopes of being sent instead to the United States. “What we are doing is filing a series of papers, a series of filings with the court to…

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