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Mexico’s new prez signs five-point pact with opposition parties

A day after taking office, President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a pact with rivals Sunday to strengthen democracy, in what could be a bold break with his party’s bad old days. The “Pact for Mexico” was agreed after hard bargaining among Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the conservative National…

Biogas created by waste fuels Nepal’s tree regrowth

While forests in Nepal have been shrinking for years, between 2007 and 2010 trees in the South Asian country of 27 million inhabitants began to grow again, reported Al Jazeera English. Biogas has been credited with the shift, as roughly 250,000 Nepalese now use the fuel. Biogas is created by…

Israel withholds tax revenue from Palestinians after UN move

After Palestine’s successful bid to become a non-member observer of the Untied Nations, Israel is withholding $120 million in tax revenue it collected for the Palestinian Authority, reported Newsy. Israel is claiming it will use the money to pay for Palestinian debt to the country, but now the Palestinian Authority…

Carbon credit controversy could thwart UN climate negotiations

Brazil has said a row over carbon credits could derail the United Nations climate change negotiations taking place in Qatar this week. The row concerns whether countries entering the second round of the Kyoto protocol should be allowed to carry over emissions credits from the first phase. Some countries, including…

Napoleon essay fetches record price at French auction

PARIS — A 200-year-old letter in which Napoleon Bonaparte vows to blow up the Kremlin fetched 187,500 euros at a French auction on Sunday, while an essay by him on the failed Russian campaign set another record. The coded missive, written in numbers and signed “Nap”, said: “I will blow…

Watchdog: Israel must explain ‘targeting’ journalists

JERUSALEM — Israel must provide an “immediate and detailed explanation” for its targeting of journalists and media buildings during last month’s Gaza conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Sunday. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the watchdog said it was “gravely concerned that Israeli airstrikes…

Belize police dismiss report that John McAfee has been captured near Mexico

Fugitive software pioneer John McAfee may have been captured on the Belize-Mexico border, according to a post on his website that appears to have come as a surprise to authorities in central America. In the latest twist to the bizarre case, whoismcafee.com – a website set up by McAfee after…

More than 100 Gaza civilians killed during latest conflict: report

The phone rang at 3:00 am: “You have five minutes to evacuate the house,” an Israeli officer said in flawless Arabic. Within minutes, an Israeli drone fired a warning shot. The Israeli military employed a range of warnings to civilians during its November 14-21 bombardment to halt rocket fire into…

Family of British ‘locked-in’ man push right-to-die campaign

The family of a ‘locked-in’ syndrome sufferer who fought for the right to die said Saturday they would continue his campaign to change the law after seeking permission to appeal a High Court ruling. Tony Nicklinson died on August 22 aged 58 a week after losing a lengthy legal battle…

Martial arts group seeks Middle East peace

The barefoot, black-belted martial arts experts flick high kicks and aim straight-elbowed arm thrusts at each other, but it is their handshakes that draw gasps and applause from spectators. Taking its name from the Japanese expression for “the way of stopping conflict”, an organisation called Budo for Peace gave crowds…

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