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European court tells Romania to respect jailed Buddhist’s vegetarian diet

A European court on Tuesday told Romania it must respect a prisoner’s right to food based on his religious beliefs after a jailed Buddhist was refused vegetarian meals. The prisoner, Ghennadii Vartic, a Moldovan national who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in Romania, complained that during detentions in…

Study: Exposure to dominant male behavior can reduce women’s math performance

Watching another woman be subjected to dominant male behavior can lower women’s performance on math tests, according to research published in the November issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science. The study of 133 women and 101 men was conducted by Katie J. Van Loo and Robert J. Rydell of Indiana…

World experiences hottest November in 134 years

The month of November was the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The finding was based on globally averaged land and surface temperatures last month, NOAA said in a statement. “The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for…

‘Rebuilding our broken budget process’: Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

The Senate advanced a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday, virtually assuring passage of a bill that sets spending caps for the next two years and reduces prospects of a US government shutdown in 2014. The bill, which cleared a Senate procedural hurdle with a bipartisan 67-33 vote and has already won…

Antarctica could be rich in diamonds, geologists say

Australian geologists on Tuesday opened up the tantalising but controversial prospect that Antarctica could be rich in diamonds. In a scientific paper published in the journal Nature Communications, a team said they had found a telltale rock called kimberlite in the Prince Charles Mountains in East Antarctica. No diamonds were…

9/11 suspect removed from Gitmo hearing after outburst about secret CIA prison

One of the men accused of planning the September 11, 2001 attacks was removed from a US military court on Tuesday after making an outburst about a secret CIA prison. Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh, accused of helping the hijackers enter the United States and of financing the attacks that killed…

Will Pope Francis end up being a big disappointment for progressives?

Pope Francis has turned around the way the Catholic Church is seen but his promise of Vatican reform awaits next year and key problems remain, observers said on Tuesday, as the pontiff celebrated his 77th birthday. After years of stagnation and turbulence, the first ever Latin American pope has brought…

American Studies Association backs boycott of Israeli educational institutions

A prestigious US academic body has joined a growing movement to boycott Israel in protest at its treatment of Palestinians, in a move both welcomed and condemned in a bitterly divisive international arena. The American Studies Association (ASA), which has more than 5,000 members, is the most significant US academic…

U.S. seeks $1.1 million from ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre

US regulators are seeking more than $1.1 million from ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre after he was found to have defrauded investors on mortgage bonds. The Securities and Exchange Commission asked in a filing late Monday for $910,000 in penalties from Tourre, who was found liable of fraud by a…

Six U.S. troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Six soldiers from the US-led NATO mission fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan were killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, with NATO officials saying it was not a suspected militant strike. However the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the deaths, using their main Twitter account to report that their fighters…

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