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Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism'

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Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science - much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete

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Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a navy vessel is towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board to safety on the southern island of Crete, battling gale-force winds and high waves as it does so.

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives

published about 1 hour ago
China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives
BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese diplomat Wednesday called on the U.S. and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.

Facebook accused over soldier's murder

published about 1 hour ago
The UK family of slain soldier Lee Rigby say they hold Facebook responsible for his death, after the site reportedly failed to take action over a chat.

Dotcom claims he is broke, facing New Zealand jail

published about 1 hour ago
Dotcom claims he is broke, facing New Zealand jail
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, accused of pocketing more than US$175 million from pirated copies of movies and other material, claimed Wednesday he was broke and facing jail in New Zealand. In a live video link from his New Zealand mansion to the UnBound Digital conference in England, the German-born entrepreneur said he had no money left to defend himself at a bail hearing in Auckland on Thursday. "I'm defenceless and they're using that opportunity to try and get my bail ... more


Protests respond to Ferguson decision around the country

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For a second night, protests sparked around the U.S. following a St. Louis County grand jury's decision to not charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson ... more

Middle Easterners crossing border from Mexico? It's rare

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Middle Easterners crossing border from Mexico? It's rare
For months, some conservative members of Congress and their allies have warned that people from the Middle East could use the Mexican border to gain ... more

Rain and snow expected to snarl busiest travel day of the year

published about 1 hour ago
Airlines begin to cancel flights ahead of storm that could dump heavy rain and up to a foot of snow on East Coast

Flare-Up: Protesters and Police in Tense Showdown in Ferguson

published about 2 hours ago
Flare-Up: Protesters and Police in Tense Showdown in Ferguson
Protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death began calmly but turned violent Tuesday night.

IMF Says Egypt Needs More Reforms

published about 2 hours ago
Egypt needs further subsidy reform to reduce its budget deficit even as recent efforts at an economic overhaul are starting to bear fruit, the International ... more
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‘We must stop learning disabled people being dumped in waste bins of life’

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As a new report paves the way for the closure of Winterbourne-View-style units, where 2,600 people with learning disabilities are being treated, their families are ... more

Hipgnosis's mind-bending album art – in pictures

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They made dispersive prisms sexy with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, transformed Peter Gabriel into the Vitruvian Man – and Mick Jagger into ... more

Why Angela Merkel is saying farewell to Ostpolitik

published about 2 hours ago
The German chancellor’s well-founded belief that Putin is a threat to Europe is shifting power relations in the regionOne thing we know for sure about ... more

The Paedophile Next Door; Psychobitches – TV review

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This disturbing and upsetting film gave an overview of the history of paedophilia – but the real subject was the remarkable EddieWhat a curious, uncomfortable ... more

Candy Warhol: why Smartie art is M&Mazing - in pictures

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Decorating a cake and in need of inspiration? A new website enables you to turn any image into a mosaic of confectionary. You don’t need ... more
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U.N. Urges Protection of Privacy in Digital Era

published about 6 hours ago
The United Nations adopted a resolution that signaled growing international attention on the issue of digital privacy, which it described as a human right.

World Briefing: Italy: Lawmakers Approve Jobs Bill

published about 8 hours ago
Italy’s lower house of Parliament voted Tuesday to pass Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Jobs Act.

Inquiry Into Rape Claims Against Irish Militants

published about 8 hours ago
Among those supplying information to the authorities is Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein and a member of the Irish Parliament.

Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France

published about 8 hours ago
Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France
A first folio of Shakespeare’s plays — one of only 233 known examples — was discovered by chance in a public library near Calais, France.

Its Grip on Oil Weakening, OPEC Will Meet on Prices

published about 9 hours ago
Its Grip on Oil Weakening, OPEC Will Meet on Prices
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna as the cartel finds it increasingly hard to influence world supply and price.

Sony to Revamp Smartphone Unit

published about 4 hours ago
Sony to Revamp Smartphone Unit
Sony pledged to return its money-losing smartphone unit to profitability over the next year even if it means drastically lower sales.

Hong Kong Police Step Up Crackdown

published about 4 hours ago
Hong Kong Police Step Up Crackdown
Police arrested several student protest leaders and 30 others Wednesday as they moved aggressively to clear major roads at the most volatile protest site.

Ferguson Beefs Up Response After Violence

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Ferguson Beefs Up Response After Violence
Missouri’s governor said he would triple the National Guard presence in the St. Louis region after widespread violence following a grand-jury decision not to indict ... more

Resignation Capped Tense Year for Hagel

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Resignation Capped Tense Year for Hagel
Pentagon chief repeatedly found fault with what he saw as indecisiveness by the White House National Security Council.

Haters Call Pumpkin-Spice Craze an 'Epidemic'

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Haters Call Pumpkin-Spice Craze an 'Epidemic'
Pumpkin-pie flavorings have invaded everything from beer to dog food, much to the chagrin of a ragged band of people immune to its charms.

World Briefing: Colombia: Rebels Free Two Soldiers

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The country’s main rebel group on Tuesday released two low-ranking soldiers captured after a recent clash with government troops, but it remained unclear when it ... more

Op-Ed Contributor: America Musn’t Neglect Its Nukes

published about 22 hours ago
Op-Ed Contributor: America Musn’t Neglect Its Nukes
The country faces new threats and needs a strong nuclear deterrent more than ever.

Hacker Disrupts Government Websites in Canada

published 1 day ago
A gyrating banana greeted many visiting the pages for Parliament, the Supreme Court, the city of Ottawa and the Ottawa and Toronto police forces.

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Goes to University of Texas

published 2 days ago
Gabriel García Márquez’s archive has been acquired by the University of Texas and includes manuscripts, correspondence, photos and personal artifacts related to his important books.

The Saturday Profile: Extolling Moderation in Order to Confront Politics in Cuba

published Fri, Nov 21 2014 11:47 GMT
The Saturday Profile: Extolling Moderation in Order to Confront Politics in Cuba
Two former journalists have created a space in Havana where dissidents, communists, artists, exiles and intellectuals alike can discuss national issues.

Listening Post: For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

published about 6 hours ago
Listening Post: For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks
For the 39 Americans still alive who were held captive in Tehran for 444 days from 1979 to 1981, there has been no financial compensation ... more

U.N. Extends Help for South Sudan

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The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where a nearly year-old civil conflict has killed ... more

U.S.-Led Raid Rescues Eight Held in Yemen

published about 7 hours ago
The freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, who were unharmed, Yemeni officials said in a statement.

World Briefing: Syria: Scores Are Killed in Airstrikes by Government on Islamic State’s Base

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Syrian government warplanes killed at least 60 people Tuesday in airstrikes on Raqqa in northeastern Syria, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, activists ... more

Double Suicide Blasts Kill Dozens in Nigeria

published about 13 hours ago
The attack by at least one female bomber hit a market in Maiduguri, a city that was once headquarters to Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgent ... more

Turkey's remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times

published about 2 hours ago
Turkey's remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times
In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one a thousand years old, the other modern, signs of both the ... more

Mexico leader forced into action over 43 missing

published about 2 hours ago
Mexico leader forced into action over 43 missing
Two months after 43 students vanished in the night, change is afoot in Mexico: protests have swept the nation, sounding a wake-up call for the ... more

Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war

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Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war
Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party's powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, ... more

Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

published about 3 hours ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West ... more

Obama: “No sympathy” for violent acts in Ferguson

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President Obama condemned violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, but said he would work with peaceful protesters who want to see constructive change.