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Bill de Blasio’s daughter reveals her battle with depression and drug abuse

The teenage daughter of New York’s incoming mayor confessed on Christmas Eve to smoking pot and underage drinking in an astonishing video she said could help others battling depression. Nineteen-year-old Chiara de Blasio features alone in the nearly five-minute video, announcing that she suffers from clinical depression, had smoked weed…

Putin ready for post-Soviet economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine. Putin promised following talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko that the…

Chinese woman gave birth to twins at 60: report

A Chinese woman had twin girls at the age of 60 following IVF treatment after her only child died, making her possibly the oldest person in the country to give birth, state media reported Tuesday. The case is extremely unusual in China, which has long maintained a one-child policy, because…

Edward Snowden calls for end to mass surveillance in UK Christmas message

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will call on citizens to work together to end mass surveillance when he delivers a Christmas Day broadcast to Britain, the Channel 4 television network said on Tuesday. In his first television appearance since claiming asylum in Russia, Snowden — who caused shockwaves around the…

Global warming will intensify drought, says new study

When scientists think about climate change, we often focus on long term trends and multi-year averages of various climate measures such as temperature, ocean heat, sea level, ocean acidity, and ice loss. But…  …

Google robot smokes the field in DARPA competition

A 4-foot, 7-inch semi-autonomous bipedal automaton from a Google-owned maker of commercial robots took first place in DARPA’s rescue-robot competition over the weekend. Japanese robot-makerSchaft, Inc.’s HRP-2 outclassed robots from NASA, Lockheed…  …

Uruguay’s neighbor Argentina now considering marijuana legalization

Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the…  …

Surgeon suspended for branding his initials on patient’s liver

A British surgeon has been suspended over allegations that he “branded” his initials onto a patient’s liver, media reported on Tuesday. Simon Bramhall faces an investigation after a colleague discovered the initials “SB” on the organ during a follow-up operation at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, newspapers said.…

Christmas documentary reveals Sex Pistols’ cuddly side

Notorious punk rocker Sid Vicious dances to Christmas hits with a gaggle of children, while fellow Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten hands out presents. It sounds implausible, but this is how the British punk band spent Christmas Day 1977. Unseen footage of Sex Pistols in this unlikely scenario will be broadcast…

Freed Pussy Riot punks reunite in Siberia, urging Sochi Olympics boycott

wo freed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot on Tuesday met in Siberia for the first time since their release, discussing plans to set up a new rights group to help Russian prisoners. Maria Alyokhina, who had been serving her sentence at a prison colony in the central city…

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