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Bath salts: Gruesome Miami attack adds to drug’s bizarre history

Bath salts: Gruesome Miami attack adds to drug's bizarre history (via The Christian Science Monitor) Months before the lurid case of a Miami man who allegedly cannibalized a homeless man’s face, police and emergency officials as far flung as Maine and Louisiana were coping with their own surreal 911 calls…

U.S. pulls plug on Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’

The United States has cut funding to a popular Pakistani version of the children’s program “Sesame Street” amid allegations of fraud and abuse, a US official said Tuesday. The program, run under the umbrella of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a local theater group, had been awarded some $20 million…

Climate change to cost Latin America $100 billion by 2050

Global warming could exact a devastating toll on the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, with costs possibly exceeding $100 billion by 2050, the Inter-American Development Bank warned Tuesday. In a new report, the Washington-based organization also called for “forceful” reductions in greenhouse gases to forestall some of the…

Rare transit of Venus draws sky-gazers worldwide

Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses Wednesday to watch Venus slide across the sun — a rare celestial phenomenon that will not happen again for more than 100 years. The spectacle began shortly after 2200 GMT Tuesday in parts of North America, Central America and…

Toronto marches in support of Quebec students

Students and labor activists marched through downtown Toronto in support of Quebec students, who have held nightly protests for months trying to head off a tuition increase. Between 250 and 300 people gathered in the city center before a short march to a rally at Ryerson University in support of…

Prop. 8: appeals courts set stage for Supreme Court review of gay marriage

Prop. 8: appeals courts set stage for Supreme Court review of gay marriage (via The Christian Science Monitor) An escalating showdown over gay rights in America appears to be heading inevitably to the US Supreme Court. Two major appeals court cases dealing with same-sex marriage are poised for possible review…

Canada to ban key substance in ‘bath salts’ drug

MONTREAL — Canada said it was moving to ban the main substance used to make “bath salts” — the drug linked to a grisly attack in the United States in which a man almost killed another by chewing his face. The drug — which as its name suggests resembles regular…

5.7-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan: USGS

TAIPEI — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck at sea off southeastern Taiwan Wednesday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The tremor struck at 9:08 am (0108 GMT) 49 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Taitung at a depth of five kilometres…

Russian lawmakers adopt controversial protest bill

MOSCOW — The Russian lower house or State Duma early Wednesday adopted a controversial bill that would greatly increase fines for protesters. An opposition party had earlier deliberately stalled the passing of the bill by calling for votes on hundreds of amendments. It was finally passed at the third reading…

Human body parts sent to Canada schools

MONTREAL — Human remains sent in separate packages were found Tuesday at two schools in the western Canadian city of Vancouver, police said, following the grisly dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal. Investigators emphasized that they could not yet link the discoveries in Vancouver to the murder of Lin…

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