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Miley Cyrus lights up a joint at European MTV awards in Amsterdam

US pop sensationalist Miley Cyrus took her publicity-seeking further still on Sunday by smoking a cannabis joint as she received her award for Best Video at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam on Sunday. The evening’s biggest winner was hip-hop icon Eminem who took home two awards, but Cyrus,…

Arrested Greenpeace activists moved to St. Petersburg detention centers

Russia moved the crew of a Greenpeace Arctic protest ship from the northern port of Murmansk on Monday and put them on a train to Saint Petersburg, authorities and the organisation said. “The decision has been made to transfer all 30 of the accused to detention centres in Saint Petersburg,”…

European science satellite disintegrates upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere

A spent science satellite that had measured Earth’s gravity field reentered the atmosphere on Sunday night and mostly disintegrated as planned, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Monday. As expected, an estimated 25 percent of the one-tonne GOCE satellite reached the Earth’s surface, said an ESA statement, but “no damage…

Why American veterans are returning to Vietnam

A photo of Greg Kleven, dated April 1967, shows him posing in front of a tin-roofed hooch, wearing an undershirt so stained it matches the sand beneath his feet. In his right hand, he is holding an M-16 rifle. His shaved head is cocked to the left and he’s sticking…

Scientists claim the UN’s Montreal Protocol helped cause slowdown in global warming

A slowdown in global warming that climate sceptics cite in favour of their cause was partly induced by one of the world’s most successful environment treaties, a study said on Sunday. The UN’s Montreal Protocol, designed to phase out industrial gases that destroy Earth’s protective ozone layer, coincidentally applied a…

Former British PM John Major ‘shocked’ by power held by ‘affluent middle class’

Former prime minister John Major has hit out at the dominance of the “affluent middle class” in public life and blamed Labour for deepening the class divide, in a speech published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. In Friday’s talk to Conservative activists, Major said the number of privately educated men and…

North Korea publicly executes 80 people, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows

North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to…

Pentagon sends emergency relief to battered Philippines

The United States, Australia and the United Nations are mobilising emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerges. The Pentagon is sending military personnel and equipment to assist with the relief effort following the typhoon, which may have killed more than…

Gun violence in movies for teens has more than tripled since 1985

Gun violence is on the rise in US movies and has more than tripled since 1985 in those rated as acceptable for teenagers 13 and older, according to a study out Monday. The amount of such violence seen in modern movies rated PG-13 even exceeded that in films rated R…

Neuroscience criminal defense emerges: ‘my brain made me do it’

Criminal courts in the United States are facing a surge in the number of defendants arguing that their brains were to blame for their crimes and relying on questionable scans and other controversial, unproven neuroscience, a legal expert who has advised the president has warned. Nita Farahany, a professor of…

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