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Colorado theater shooting suspect hit with slew of murder charges

CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Prosecutors charged grad school dropout James Holmes on Monday with killing a dozen people and trying to slay scores more in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The 24-year-old neuroscience student allegedly burst into a midnight viewing of the latest Batman film, “The Dark…

Hong Kong forced to undergo ‘patriotism’ classes

Hong Kong on Monday vowed to push ahead with patriotism classes despite mass protests over what parents and teachers call Chinese brainwashing. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying offered a new round of consultations with parents after up to 90,000 people protested against the plans at the weekend. But he ruled out…

Farmers urge Obama to suspend ethanol requirements due to drought’s ‘imminent food crisis’

The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an “imminent food crisis” caused by America’s drought. US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US consumers because of the drought have sharpened criticism of supports for producing fuel from…

NASA: Apollo 11 flag from man’s first moon landing ‘missing’

A series of American flags that were planted on the moon during visits by Apollo astronauts some four decades ago are still standing, except for one, a NASA scientist has said. The missing flag was the one planted by the pioneering astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 when…

Mali Islamists stoned unmarried couple to death

Islamists occupying the northern Mali town of Aguelhok stoned an unmarried couple to death in front of about 200 people on Sunday, two local government officials said. “I was there. The Islamists took the unmarried couple to the centre of Aguelhok. The couple was placed in two holes and the…

Warner Bros films new ending to ‘Gangster Squad’ after Aurora shooting

Warner Bros, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, has been forced to shoot an entirely new ending to upcoming crime thriller Gangster Squad in the wake of the Aurora shootings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The changes mean the period crime thriller, which stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean…

U.S. and Europe block ‘treaty for blind people’ due to copyright concerns

The US and the EU are blocking a treaty that would give the world’s blind and visually impaired people – 90% of whom live in the developing world – easier access to published works in formats they can use. A “treaty for blind people” has been under discussion at the…

Chinese party newspaper says leaders must listen after riots

China’s most influential newspaper on Monday urged authorities to listen to people’s worries about pollution, after fears over a new waste water pipeline sparked weekend riots. “The public’s awareness of environmental issues and their rights is increasing at a rapid pace,” said an editorial in the People’s Daily – the…

Russian PM: Syria must decide its own future

Russia’s differences with the West on Syria are not as great as they appear, as both agree on the need to prevent civil war, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview published Monday. Russia has repeatedly vetoed UN Security Council action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but…

Israel prepares to vote on sweeping austerity measures

Ministers in Israel’s cabinet were on Monday preparing to vote on a package of sweeping economic austerity measures in a bid to cut the budget deficit, in a move expected to hit the underprivileged hard. Central to the plan is a hike in income tax and VAT, as well as…

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