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New Orleans newspaper cuts one-third of staff

WASHINGTON — The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Tuesday it was cutting nearly one-third of its staff as the biggest newspaper in the city planned to cut back to a schedule of three issues per week. The newspaper said on its website that 202 employees, or 32 percent of the staff,…

World Bank: Developing countries need bigger economic buffers

The World Bank on Tuesday urged developing countries to build up their buffers against financial storms arising from the high-income countries, especially in Europe. Developing countries have fewer means to weather shocks to their economies than they had in 2007, before the global financial crisis accelerated, and need to prepare…

UN: Syria now in full-scale civil war

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Tuesday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the target of a new massacre. The news came as the Syrian government accused Washington of…

First and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize Elinor Ostrom dies at 78

Elinor Ostrom, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize since it was first awarded 40 years ago, died Tuesday, said Indiana University. She was 78. The university where Ostrom worked since 1965 and conducted groundbreaking research on the ways people organize themselves and manage resources said…

Family of ‘Canadian Psycho’ victim says loss is ‘devastating’

The family of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Montreal called their loss “devastating” on Tuesday and urged the extradition of suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, now in a German jail, as soon as possible. Magnotta, dubbed the “Canadian Psycho,” allegedly stabbed Lin Jun with ice-pick, carved up his body…

‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Ann Rutherford dies at 94

Ann Rutherford who played Scarlett’s cheery younger sister in the Civil War epic “Gone with the Wind” has died, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. She was 94. A close friend told the daily that Rutherford died Monday night at her home in Beverly Hills after years of heart problems…

Skeleton from ‘vampire’ ritual unearthed in Bulgaria

Another centuries-old skeleton of a man who was subjected to a ritual to stop him from turning into a vampire was unearthed in central Bulgaria Tuesday, archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said. “The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his…

Can prosecutors explain the gap in abuse and charges in the Sandusky trial?

Sandusky case: Can prosecutors explain long gap between abuse and charges? (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) As the trial of Jerry Sandusky gets underway today in Bellefonte, Pa., the prosecution’s case against the former Penn State assistant coach could turn on its ability to explain the almost 15-year lapse…

Scientists: China’s soil pollution could be a bigger long-term problem than air or water

Nowhere is the global push to restore degraded land likely to be more important, complex and expensive than in China, where vast swaths of the soil are contaminated by arsenic and heavy metals from mines and factories. Scientists told the Guardian that this is likely to prove a bigger long-term…

Tokyo named world’s most expensive city

Tokyo has regained the dubious honour of being the world’s most expensive city, where a cup of coffee will set you back £5.25, a newspaper £4 and a litre of milk £2. The Japanese capital topped the annual cost-of-living survey by the HR consultants Mercer, which ranks cities according to…

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