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Bronx man uses his car and a chain to decapitate himself

A 51-year-old man committed a grisly suicide by decapitating himself in the Bronx Monday morning, according to the New York Daily News. Police said the man tied a chain from his head to a pole. He then got in his car, a 2005 Honda CRV, and sped off, beheading himself.…

Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked

By Ian Simpson (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities’ intimate photos. Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award for…

Ukraine warns of ‘great war’ with Russia ‘the likes of which Europe has not seen since WWII’

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the fast-escalating crisis opened behind closed doors…

Guatemala Mayans: From victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala — who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves — drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say. The Jewish group’s departure from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlan some 200 kilometers (125…

Texas congressman backs lifting oil export ban despite GOP peers’ misgivings

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue. Rep. Joe Barton,…

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in US economic turnaround

By Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a…

Mountain forest changes threaten California water supplies

Originally published at Climate Central Hike high enough up California’s Sierra Nevada and the forest morphs around you. At around 6,000 feet, the dazzling diversity of the lower montane forest, replete with California black oak, ponderosa pine, and incense cedars gives way to more monotonous landscapes of red fir and…

British ‘jihadist’ mom and former rock band member threatens to behead Christians: reports

A middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member has joined jihadists in Syria and wants to behead Christians with a “blunt knife”, British media reported. The reports identified the woman as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, and said she now goes by the name Sakinah Hussain,…

US urges Israel to reverse plan to seize Palestinian land in the West Bank

The United States urged Israel on Monday to reverse its latest plan to seize Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of…

Iraqi forces push back Islamic State militants after breaking weeks-long siege

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town. The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has carried out “acts…

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