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Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in terror

Thousands of Kurds have fled Syrian army attacks on the strategic town of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, running for their lives after their homes were shelled and the corpses of fighters left strewn on the streets. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, grandparents, women and children…

Colorado marijuana push used old-fashioned politics to win

While it may be difficult for some to imagine a well-organized push to legalize marijuana, the Colorado movement to convince citizens of the state’s recently-passed ballot measure’s merits was much like any other politician campaign: comprised of canvassing, targeted outreach, phone banks, and advertisements, reported the Denver Post. Early reports…

Gay rights advocates to push Obama on discrimination ban

Gay rights activists refuse to sit on their laurels after winning multiple ballot measures on Election Day, instead planning to push President Obama to sign an executive order to protect employment rights, reported The Hill. The order in question would ban federal contractors from employment discrimination against gay or transgender…

Obama to Palestinian leader: U.S. opposes U.N. membership

US President Barack Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader’s spokesman said. “There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama,” Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. “Obama expressed the opposition of…

Japan nuclear plant on fault line may be next Fukushima, says geologist

Japan’s only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth’s crust, a geologist has warned, saying it is “very silly” to allow it to continue operating. Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth’s plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing…

U.S. military court hears chilling testimony of Afghan civilian massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — Holding back tears, 15-year-old Rafiullah described how his grandmother wrestled with a uniformed gunman who put a pistol in his sister’s mouth. In the end, he added, the man shot all three of them, one by one. Rafiullah’s account is part of chilling testimony linked…

Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

PARIS — A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk and resulting in more collisions, scientists said on Sunday. While it causes warming on Earth, CO2 conversely cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the…

China’s endangered pandas face bamboo shortage threat

PARIS — Their numbers already threatened by a slow breeding rate and rapid habitat loss, China’s endangered giant pandas now also risk losing their staple food, bamboo, to climate change, a report said Sunday. A study in China’s northwestern Qinling Mountains, home to around 270 pandas — about a fifth…

Obama hails end of ‘decade of war’ on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama marked Veterans Day Sunday by celebrating the fact that America’s painful decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to a close. Under glorious autumn sunshine, Obama placed a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in memory of all Americans who died while serving…

Satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts

The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites. Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around Antarctica have caused a small increase in…

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