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2 million without drinking water as Chilean capital officials turn off supply

More than two million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water Tuesday because of contamination in a river that supplies the city with water, officials said. Water was shut down to more than 593,000 homes in the metropolitan area, beginning early Tuesday until at least midnight, forcing the…

Chad officials: No link between meningitis vaccines and sick children

Chad’s government on Tuesday said a team of international experts have not been able to find any links between the hospitalisation of 38 children and their recent vaccinations against meningitis. The children fell ill in the northern village of Gouro and were admitted to hospital after being vaccinated in a…

Irish county officials vote to allow some citizens to drink and drive

County officials in southwest Ireland have voted to loosen drunk driving restrictions for certain older, rural constituents. The BBC reported that county councilors in Kerry County, Ireland have backed legislation that would allow police to issue citations exempting certain drivers from normal restrictions on driving under the influence. Councillor Danny…

Iraqi authorities claim to have released 888 prisoners

Iraqi authorities claimed on Tuesday to have freed 888 prisoners in two weeks to placate month-long rallies in the country’s Sunni areas that have hardened opposition against the Shiite prime minister. The demonstrations come amid a political crisis that has pitted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against several of his erstwhile…

Olympic stadium in London to host rock concerts

A string of live rock concerts will be held in London’s Olympic Stadium in July, music promoter Live Nation announced Tuesday, making them the first events in the Olympic Park since the 2012 Games ended. Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling, hitherto held in Hyde Park in central London, will…

EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014

The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. “The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya…

World unemployment figures set to rise in 2013

A record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. Five years on from the onset of the financial crisis, unemployment is on the rise again as economies around the world lose jobs and the fragile recovery is threatened…

Trinidad and Tobago security guard accidentally shoots off his penis

A security guard is hospitalized in the city of San Fernando in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after accidentally discharging his weapon and shooting off his penis. According to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, the unnamed 33-year-old man was carrying a .38 caliber handgun in his pocket when it…

EU panel seeks power to fine, censor and fire journalists

A series of recommendations issued Monday (PDF) by the European Union’s “High Level Group” proposes the establishment of “media councils” in every member state that would be monitored by the European Commission and given the power to fine, censor and even fire individual journalists if deemed appropriate. “Media councils should…

UN: Buying ‘funny fruit’ will help feed the world and reduce waste

Make a shopping list and buy “funny fruit,” it will cut food waste and help “shape a sustainable future,” the United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agriculture Organzation said on Tuesday. The UNEP, FAO and partners unveiled a campaign dubbed “Think-Eat-Save Reduce Your Foodprint” to change global practices that…

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