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Great Barrier Reef heading for danger: UNESCO

UNESCO on Saturday urged decisive action from Australia to protect the Great Barrier Reef from a gas and mining boom, warning it risked being put on its list of world heritage sites deemed “in danger”. Australia is riding an unprecedented wave of resources investment due to booming demand from Asia,…

Big Ben to be renamed Elizabeth Tower

Britain’s famed parliament clock tower Big Ben is set to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honor of the queen’s diamond jubilee, a report said Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron is among 331 lawmakers who have signed up to a campaign to bestow the tribute to Queen Elizabeth to mark…

Court orders Clinton to decide about removing MEK from terrorism list

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a terror blacklist. The People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, also known as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), had asked the court to issue a ruling…

Macabre profile emerges of porn star who dismembered Chinese student

A macabre profile of a Canadian porn actor suspected of filming the dismemberment of a Chinese student and mailing his body parts emerged from his acquaintances and hundreds of websites Friday. Lin Jun had been “in a relationship” with the suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, according to Montreal police commander…

Judge throws out Roman cat-swinging case

A man who was accused of swinging a cat by its tail in the street saw the case against him thrown out of court on Friday because of a lack of evidence. Riain Richards from Ramsgate in Kent was accused of having swung two-year-old Mowgli around roughly 17 times in…

Al-Qaeda claims 2 suicide bombings in Yemen

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings on May 25 against Shiite Zaidi rebels in northern Yemen, in a statement posted Friday on jihadist websites. “Two lions of Islam carried out two operations in Saad and Al-Jawf provinces,” mostly under rebel control, it said. “Our battle against the crusaders and…

U.S. military further investigating crass treatment of bodies in Afghanistan

The US military said Friday it was probing allegations of further misconduct by a Marine unit in Afghanistan that triggered outrage after members were seen in a video urinating on bloodstained corpses. US leaders in January condemned the behavior of the Marine unit and promised a full investigation. In the…

Britain’s royal family release home movies

Home movies filmed by Queen Elizabeth are to be released for the first time Friday, giving a glimpse of life behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and showing a softer side of Britain’s royal family. The informal footage will be screened on Friday evening as part of a tribute documentary…

Developing nations boycott European Union LGBT rights event

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states boycotted an European Union event Friday because it was due to discuss how to fight discrimination against gay rights. Though some members of the so-called ACP group of 79 nations took part individually in the event titled “Discrimination hampers Development”, the group…

China opens the door to re-starting its nuclear program

Energy-hungry China could restart its nuclear projects, suspended after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in March last year, while new safety standards have been adopted in active plants, the government said. After the Fukushima accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, Beijing announced a review of safety standards and emergency procedures…

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