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Scientists warn mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals slowing ozone repair over Antarctica

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers in 1987. Scientists said the

Spain giving away 15th century village for free

For sale: hamlet in Spain. Needs work. Price: zero euros. Like thousands of abandoned villages in Spain, A Barca -- with its 12 crumbling stone homes covered in moss and ivy -- is seeking a new owner to bring it back to life. Local officials in Spain…

North Koreans excited to ‘vote’ in rigged elections

North Koreans vote in parliament ‘election’ (via AFP) North Koreans voted Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament — an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang. The vote to elect representatives for the Supreme People’s Assembly…  

Libyan separatists defy world, load oil onto North Korean tanker

Libya separatists load NKorea oil ship and ignore warning (via AFP) Libyan separatists loaded oil onto a North Korean tanker for a second consecutive day on Sunday, ignoring the central government’s threats of military action, an industry official said. The separatists are former rebels who have turned against the interim…  

Ukranian navy vessels remain defiant in face of Russian blockade

Blocked by sunken Russian ships, Ukraine’s navy stays defiant (via AFP) Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels into a lake off the Black Sea, officers say, highlighting Moscow’s determination to wear down the morale of Kiev’s forces in Crimea. The Ochakov — a Soviet-era warship…  

Hollywood blockbuster ‘Noah’ faces religious ban in three Arab countries

By Noah Browning CAIRO (Reuters) – Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures told Reuters on Saturday. Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art and depictions of the Prophet Mohammad

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