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Israeli parliament votes to dissolve and hold elections in January

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament voted overnight to dissolve itself and hold early elections on January 22, officials said Tuesday. The dissolution of the Knesset was approved by 100 votes to none in a third reading after a lengthy session in the 120-seat chamber. Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced…

Africa fails to earn governance award for third time in four years

LONDON — The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership — the world’s biggest individual prize — was not awarded for a third time in four years as no suitable candidates were found, it was announced Monday. At a press conference in London, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said it was…

Study: Military spending in Asia rose dramatically in a decade

Military spending by Asia’s major powers increased dramatically over the past decade with China leading the way, as its defense budget quadrupled since 2000, according to a study released Monday. Defense spending in China and four other Asian countries doubled over 10 years and will surpass Europe’s military expenditures this…

Ukrainian navy training dolphins for combat

The Ukrainian navy is reportedly training dolphins to be able to fight with guns or knives, and its not the first time a country has done this.…

Austrian freefaller inspires awe in watching millions

The world looked on in fear and awe as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of outer space on Sunday, breaking a slew of records and winning millions of instant fans. The video feed — broadcast on a 20-second delay intended to give news stations time to cut…

Judge scraps Brazil’s Amazon dam hearing after fishermen and indigenous people failed to vacate the site

A federal judge has suspended a planned hearing for fishermen and indigenous people occupying a disputed dam in Brazil’s Amazon after they failed to vacate the site, developers said. Federal Judge Marcelo Honorato had summoned for a hearing on Monday representatives of both the Norte Energia consortium in charge of…

Man dies competing in Hong Kong triathlon

A 27-year-old British man died while competing in a triathlon in Hong Kong at the weekend, police said Monday. Daniel Bagshaw, a trainee solicitor, collapsed near the finish line of the ITU Triathlon Asian Cup near Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday, having already completed the swimming and cycling stages of…

‘Soft’ drugs should be decriminalized: UK Drug Policy Commission

MPs must acknowledge that not all drug use is problematic and should consider decriminalising possession of small amounts of controlled substances, a report by independent experts urged Monday. The six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body made up of leading scientists, police officers and…

‘Peeping Tom’ on Japan flight avoids charges: reports

A “peeping Tom” who used a pen-shaped camera to take an upskirt shot of a cabin attendant during a domestic flight in Japan has avoided charges after prosecutors failed to decide which prefecture the plane was flying over at the time, reports said. The 34-year-old man extended his hand with…

Occupy protesters chain themselves to London cathedral

Cathedral authorities accused of colluding with big banks during evensong protest on eve of anniversary of start of Occupy camp The traditional solemnity of St Paul’s Sunday evensong was disrupted when four members of the Occupy London movement, which camped outside the cathedral for four months, chained themselves to the…

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