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Study identifies 78 sites in need of environmental protection

A scientific study out Thursday identifies 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct. Many of the locations are already in protected areas of 34 countries. Together they contain populations of birds, amphibians, and mammals that are globally threatened. Some are…

Boeing contemplates leaving Seattle after union rejects contract extension

US aerospace giant Boeing said Thursday it was reviewing site options to build its new 777X airplane after a key union rejected a contract extension at its Seattle base. The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 voted late Wednesday to turn down Boeing’s proposal to extend by…

Olympics great Michael Phelps back in U.S. anti-doping program

Michael Phelps is back in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s drug test program, a possible sign the Olympic swimming great is eyeing a return for Rio. Phelps retired from swimming after bagging four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 London Olympics, taking his tally of Olympic medals to a…

Reporters Without Borders condemns Israel for detaining Palestinian journalist

The Reporters Without Borders watchdog on Thursday condemned Israel’s arrest and continuing detention of a Palestinian journalist working for the Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem. Mohamed Jamal Abu Khdeir was arrested on November 6 on charges of endangering Israeli national security, the watchdog said. On Wednesday, authorities extended his detention…

Colleges begin to get a taste of ‘Super Wi-Fi’

So-called “Super Wi-Fi,” a new kind of wireless broadband, got a boost Thursday with the announcement that the technology would become available to hundreds of US colleges and universities. Declaration Networks, a company working with colleges and non-profit groups, said it is now starting to offer the service to 500…

Paul McCartney calls on Putin to release ‘Greenpeace 30′

Paul McCartney: Hey Vlad, don’t make it bad for Greenpeace (via The Christian Science Monitor) Paul McCartney (top c.) and his wife watch a sumo ceremonial stamping form at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, in Fukuoka, Japan, on Thursday. Mr. McCartney published an open letter to Vladimir Putin this week,…

LGBT activists rip ‘out-of-touch’ Boehner for stifling ENDA non-discrimination bill

LGBT activists slammed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday for his latest refusal to move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). “Speaker Boehner has once again shown that he is out of touch with American voters,” GetEQUAL co-director Felipe Sousa Rodríguez told The Raw Story via email. “Over…

Street sweepers’ strike clutters Madrid’s tourism industry

A street-sweepers strike in Madrid has left streets strewn with paper, broken glass and other litter, dealing a blow to the Spanish capital’s image when it is already suffering a tourist slump. “Today I was told of the first cancellations. If the strike continues in the coming days, there will…

American Film Institute offers scholarships for films about China

The American Film Institute (AFI) has launched a scholarship scheme allowing student filmmakers to write movies about China, saying US cinema-goers need more cultural insight than “Kung Fu Panda.” Nine students at the AFI Conservatory will travel to China for “cultural” research,” to help them write a feature-length screenplay and…

Libya will modify existing law to conform to Sharia code

Libya is seeking to revise existing legislation to make it conform more to Islamic sharia law, a justice ministry document obtained by AFP shows. The text announces the establishment of a “committee charged with revising current legislation and to propose amendments that would not contradict the fundamental rules and regulations…

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