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Obama-Romney race remains nearly tied: poll

Three weeks before election day, the White House race between US president Barack Obama and his Republican foe Mitt Romney remains statistically tied, with Obama maintaining just a slight advantage, a new opinion poll found Monday. The latest ABC News/Washington Post survey showed that likely voters favoured Obama over Romney…

Austrian freefaller inspires awe in watching millions

The world looked on in fear and awe as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of outer space on Sunday, breaking a slew of records and winning millions of instant fans. The video feed — broadcast on a 20-second delay intended to give news stations time to cut…

Madagascar lemurs top endangered primates list

In the hit cartoon film “Madagascar”, the island’s lemurs are a lovable bunch of extroverts, but they are also among the world’s most threatened primates, conservationists warned on Monday. A report released at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in the Indian city of Hyderabad said lemurs in Madagascar,…

Judge scraps Brazil’s Amazon dam hearing after fishermen and indigenous people failed to vacate the site

A federal judge has suspended a planned hearing for fishermen and indigenous people occupying a disputed dam in Brazil’s Amazon after they failed to vacate the site, developers said. Federal Judge Marcelo Honorato had summoned for a hearing on Monday representatives of both the Norte Energia consortium in charge of…

Self-proclaimed 9/11 ‘mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed back at Guantanamo court

The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and his four co-defendants are due back in Guantanamo court Monday for hearings to pave the way to their trial. It will mark the second appearance for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged co-plotters before the special tribunal known as military…

Man dies competing in Hong Kong triathlon

A 27-year-old British man died while competing in a triathlon in Hong Kong at the weekend, police said Monday. Daniel Bagshaw, a trainee solicitor, collapsed near the finish line of the ITU Triathlon Asian Cup near Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday, having already completed the swimming and cycling stages of…

‘Soft’ drugs should be decriminalized: UK Drug Policy Commission

MPs must acknowledge that not all drug use is problematic and should consider decriminalising possession of small amounts of controlled substances, a report by independent experts urged Monday. The six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body made up of leading scientists, police officers and…

‘Peeping Tom’ on Japan flight avoids charges: reports

A “peeping Tom” who used a pen-shaped camera to take an upskirt shot of a cabin attendant during a domestic flight in Japan has avoided charges after prosecutors failed to decide which prefecture the plane was flying over at the time, reports said. The 34-year-old man extended his hand with…

50 years after Cuba Missile Crisis, U.S. influence in hemisphere waning

50 years after Cuba Missile Crisis, US influence in hemisphere waning It was what many consider the most dangerous moment the world has ever faced: the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which saw the United States square off over nuclear missiles stationed by the Soviet Union in Cuba. This week…

History shows ‘coattail’ effect not so crucial to presidents

History shows “coattail” effect not so crucial to presidents The trifecta of national politics is for a candidate to win the White House and help his party win control of Congress on presidential “coattails.” But is it “game over” for a president when the other team controls the House, the…

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