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UN climate talks open amid warnings of increasingly extreme weather phenomena and ‘sobering’ Philippines typhoon

Nations launched a new round of talks Monday for a 2015 deal to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions in the aftermath of a deadly Philippines typhoon the UN’s climate chief labelled “sobering”. The 12-day United Nations talks opened amid a slew of warnings about potentially disastrous warming with increasingly extreme…

‘Miracle’ baby born amid Philippines typhoon rubble and named for missing grandmother

Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a “miracle” girl in a typhoon-ravaged Philippine city, then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm. The girl was born Monday in a destroyed airport compound that was turned into a makeshift medical centre, with…

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong pleads for fair treatment: ‘If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty’

Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he will co-operate in a bid to discover the extent of doping in the sport so long as he’s treated the same as his fellow drug cheats. “If everyone gets the ‘death penalty’, then I’ll take the ‘death penalty’,” said Armstrong in an…

Tear gas fired as thousands of angry Bangladesh garment workers strike

Thousands of angry Bangladeshi workers who stitch clothes for leading Western brands downed tools and took to the streets Monday to demand higher wages, forcing 100 factories to close, police said. Police said several hundred of the workers tried to attack factories and vehicles during the protests in the garment…

Tom Cruise denies comparing making blockbuster movies to serving in Afghanistan

Actor’s lawyer claims quotes from deposition transcript in defamation case taken out of context Tom Cruise has been forced to deny accusations that he likened working on blockbuster movies to serving a tour in Afghanistan. In publicly-released court papers for a case the actor has brought against Life & Style…

Sydney plans to go 100% renewable by 2030

< Allan Jones, the Chief Development Officer of Energy and Climate Change for Sydney, Australia, intends to have the city rely entirely on renewable energy sources for power, heating, cooling, and transport. Allan, formerly the head of the UK’s climate…  …

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…

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