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In body-conscious Brazil, half are now overweight

One of the world’s most body-conscious countries, Brazil is now threatened by growing obesity rates, with half of the population already overweight. As a result of an unbalanced diet and a rise in more sedentary lifestyles, Brazil, which moved 30 million people out of poverty and into the middle class…

Climate change could be a hot topic on the campaign trail

Climate change: why it could be a hot topic on the campaign trail Like Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga, climate change has been the issue “that shall not be named” – mostly a political no-show in the presidential campaign. But that may be changing thanks to the political…

Canada breaks off relations with Iran

Canada has closed its Tehran embassy and ordered Iranian diplomats expelled, in a damning severance of ties in which it accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest threat to world peace. Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown, but issued a strongly worded attack on…

Rescuers hunt for survivors as China quake toll hits 80

Rescuers searching for survivors from twin earthquakes that struck southwestern China battled blocked roads and downed communications on Saturday as the death toll rose to 80. Scores of people were leaving their homes in the mountainous border area of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, carrying their belongings amid fears of further…

Russia seeks UN backing of Syria peace plan

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Russia said Saturday it would ask the UN Security Council to endorse a plan to end the raging violence in Syria, but the United States insisted that any resolution had to have teeth. Russia has been the main diplomatic and military supporter of Syria’s embattled President Bashar…

Obama team defends speech, says voters got it

OWA CITY, Iowa — Barack Obama’s campaign repudiated pundits who found his big convention speech flat, boring and stripped of inspiration, insisting the president achieved exactly what he set out to do. Obama Friday found himself in the odd position of leaving a major political event unable to bask in…

Obama jokes he should make Clinton ‘Secretary of Explaining Stuff’

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — US President Barack Obama joked Friday that he should appoint Bill Clinton as his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” following his acclaimed speech at the Democratic convention. Clinton is expected to follow his address, which even some Republicans admitted was a masterful summary of the election arguments…

U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan on track: officials

WASHINGTON — The planned withdrawal of more than 30,000 US “surge” troops from Afghanistan will be completed ahead of an end-of-month target date, officials said Friday. President Barack Obama ordered in reinforcements in December 2009 and last year promised to have the additional troops withdrawn before the end of 2012.…

Court throws out climate change deniers’ lawsuit again scientists

New Zealand’s High Court on Friday dismissed a challenge launched by climate change sceptics against a government research agency’s finding that the temperature had risen in the past century. The court backed the science that led the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to conclude that New Zealand’s…

Obama, Romney head to swing states post-convention to drum up support

When Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign plane headed east from Iowa to New Hampshire on Friday, he might have been tempted to look out the window for his White House rival. President Barack Obama, it turns out, was on a similar flight to and from the same states — albeit in…

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