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Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel strikes gold in the coal business

They may be known for flashy cars and state of the art weaponry, but Mexican druglords have found an earthy new source of wealth: dirty old coal. They are mining it themselves in a coal-rich area along the US border or buying it from small mine operators, then reselling it…

Israeli strike hits Gaza media building, several hurt

An Israeli air strike hit a Gaza City media building on Sunday, injuring at least six journalists, as a separate raid in northern Gaza killed two people, Palestinian medical sources said. “At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office…

Greeks commemorate crushed 1970s student uprising

Thousands of Greeks marched behind a blood-stained national flag on Saturday to commemorate the violent suppression of a 1973 student uprising against a US-backed military junta. The bloodied flag that flew over the Athens Polytechnic on the night of November 17, 1973 — seen as a key moment in the…

Wisconsin asks hunters to watch for marijuana fields

Marijuana growing operations in Wisconsin, watch out: the U.S. Forest Service has instructed hunters to look out for fields in the state’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, reported CNN. In August, one fisherman in the state came upon a 8,000-plant growing operation worth $8 million. “Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is large, secluded and…

Harris-Perry: Jindal doesn’t ‘give a damn’ about Louisianans

Melissa Harris-Perry said on her Nov. 17 show that she wanted to send a letter to her governor, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Earlier this week, the state’s secretary of health sent a letter to the Obama administration declining to set up health insurance exchanges. Then New Orleans’ mayor wrote to…

Thousands of Irish protestors call for new abortion laws

Thousands in Dublin marched on Nov. 17 to protest the death of a woman refused an abortion in Ireland while she was miscarrying, reported Al Jazeera English. “Never again!” the protestors chanted while carrying banners bearing the image of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning.…

Keystone pipeline protestors to rally at White House

Environmental groups will step up the pressure on Barack Obama to act on climate change in his second term, with a rally Sunday at the White House against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Activists are pressing Obama to deliver early on his promise – renewed at his first White…

Egypt: Israel-Hamas truce may come soon

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday his government was in touch with both Israelis and Palestinians and there were indications they could “soon” reach a truce, but there were no guarantees. “There are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon,” Morsi said at a joint news conference…

Australia’s railway produces ‘dumb ways to die’ animated PSA

Australia’s railway operator Metro released an attention-grabbing, three-minute animated video featuring mostly bean-shaped organisms discovering “dumb ways to die,” reported WTVR.com. In an apparent bid to spice up the traditionally somber public service announcement, the cheerful music accompanies upbeat sing-a-long lyrics detailing a number of self-annihilating tactics, which include: “sell…

Thousands of police march in Spain austerity protest

About 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid on Saturday to protest salary cuts and the thinning of their ranks as Spain grapples with its sovereign debt crisis. The officers, who had travelled from across Spain. rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike…

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