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Europe

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20 hours ago
Video bySarah MORRISText byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter Crowds chanted “yes we can” and “tic tac tic tac”, suggesting the clock was ticking for the political elite. Many waved Greek and Republican flags and banners reading “the change is now”. Podemos (“We Can”) was formed just a year ...

Business

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2 days ago
Text byBenjamin DODMANFollow bendodman on twitter When discussing Greece’s whopping $310 billion debt, the country's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras likes to recall a time when Europe's great debt offender was not Greece, but Germany, today's paragon of fiscal responsibility. The leader of the radical-left Syriza party refers ...

Chad army says kills 120 Boko Haram militants in Cameroon

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13 hours ago
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighboring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed. Boko Haram has ...

Islamic State says beheads Japanese hostage Goto

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14 hours ago
BEIRUT/TOKYO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who the al Qaeda offshoot had been holding hostage. Japan condemned the Islamist group and said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet would meet in response to ...

Panama kicks out ex-Colombian spy chief to face charges at home

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19 hours ago
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama on Saturday expelled a former Colombian intelligence chief, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, to face charges at home of illegally intercepting phone calls from opposition Colombian lawmakers. The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that Hurtado had been handed over to Colombian ...

David Koch's Americans for Prosperity is Fighting a Tax Perk He Once Exploited

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2 days ago
Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group established by the Koch brothers, mounts battles around the country on issues big and small via its nationwide network of chapters. Right now in North Carolina, AFP is vigorously opposing the revival of a state tax credit for renovating historic properties.

Germany, ECB play hard ball with Greece

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21 hours ago
1 of 2.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, (L) head of the euro zone finance ministers' group, and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their common press conference at the ministry in Athens January 30, 2015. BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece ...

New Anti-Choice Propaganda Uses 'Fetal Dismemberment' Lies To Push Abortion Ban

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21 hours ago
"New Anti-Choice Propaganda Uses ‘Fetal Dismemberment’ Lies To Push Abortion Ban" In what could represent their next major effort to dismantle the protections under Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents are laying the groundwork for a new attack on reproductive rights that borrows a page out of their old ...

Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Settled At The Bottom Of The Gulf After BP Oil Spill

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2 days ago
"Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Settled At The Bottom Of The Gulf After BP Oil Spill" An oil slick sits on the surface of the water a few miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, July 17, 2010. Millions ...

Attention Sunday Shows: Here Are 5 Republicans Who Won't Lie to Your Viewers About Climate Change

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3 days ago
On Wednesday, I wrote about a new Media Matters for America study that shines a light on a big problem with how TV news shows cover climate change. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans are warming the planet, but Media Matters found that the highly influential Sunday morning talk ...

Groups Sue EPA Over Failure To Regulate Emissions From Factory Farms

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2 days ago
"Groups Sue EPA Over Failure To Regulate Emissions From Factory Farms" Cattle are pictured on JBS’s Five Rivers Cattle Feeding lots near Kersey, Colo., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Livestock make up a substantial percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and a group of environmental and animal welfare ...

U.S. consumer sentiment rises to best since 2004

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2 days ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in January to its highest level in 11 years on better job and wage prospects, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final January reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 98.1,

The Massive Cost Of Hosting A Super Bowl, By The Numbers

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2 days ago
Rosy projections about the economic benefits of hosting the Super Bowl obscure the painful reality that Glendale, AZ’s quest to become a sports mecca has inflicted on its people. When Tom Brady and Richard Sherman square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, AZ, the city ...

Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker's Plan To Drug Test Her

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2 days ago
"Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker’s Plan To Drug Test Her" Wisconsin’s low-income workers and some members of Congress are speaking out against Governor Scott Walker’s call for making people on public assistance undergo a drug test. Governor Walker confirmed in a Q and ...

6 Terrifying Facts About Landmines

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2 days ago
Somayeh lost her right leg when she was 13 years old and the car she was traveling in hit a landmine. In an age of shooting sprees and suicide bombings, landmines seem a distant threat. But in the last week alone, seven people were killed when they came ...

U.S. drone strategy in trouble as Yemeni al Qaeda gathers support

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2 days ago
SANAA (Reuters) - Schoolboy Mohammed Taeiman died this week on a remote Yemeni road, a casualty of a U.S. drone campaign against the local branch of al Qaeda that seems to be sliding into disarray. The sixth-grader's death as he returned home with a family friend aroused the ...

One Chart That Explains Why SMA Is Shedding So Many Jobs

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2 days ago
Pricing pressures and slumping European demand caused SMA to lay off one-third of its workforce. Earlier this week, the German inverter manufacturer SMA announced it will lay off 1,600 workers due to pricing pressures and a slowdown in European demand.We keep hearing stories about how yearly solar project ...

How States Are Failing To Tackle The Biggest Public Health Issue Of Our Time

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2 days ago
"How States Are Failing To Tackle The Biggest Public Health Issue Of Our Time" An unidentified Colorado high school student smokes a cigarette. Last year, the American Lung Association urged U.S. government officials to take the steps necessary to reduce smoking rates to less than 10 percent by ...

South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

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2 days ago
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison. Justice Minister Michael ...

Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

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2 days ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A ...

Oil prices slip as output remains high, producers slash costs

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2 days ago
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Friday following slight gains in the previous session and analysts said the outlook remained weak, with production high and producers reducing operating costs to adjust to lower export revenues. Global oil prices had firmed slightly on Thursday but not before U.S.

Europe

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4 days ago
Video byCatherine VIETTEText byNEWS WIRESEx-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died three months after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope, told British police that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind his killing, an inquiry heard on Tuesday. British authorities believe Kremlin-critic Litvinenko was poisoned with green tea ...

Step Aside, Steve King: Meet the Right's Most Powerful Immigration Foe

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3 days ago
It wasn't long ago that Sen. Jeff Sessions was waging a lonely battle against comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News called the Alabama Republican a "lone wolf" in his dogged quest to kill the Senate's immigration reform bill, which passed the upper chamber in June 2013 on a 68-32 ...

Even If Your Kid Doesn't Get Measles, It's Gonna Cost You

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3 days ago
Measles is not only highly contagious, it's expensive to contain—especially for cash-strapped local governments. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that outbreaks in 2011—a total of just 107 cases—cost state and local taxpayers up to $5.3 million. That may not seem like a ...

Yes, Solving Climate Change Is Super-Cheap

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3 days ago
Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The 2014 IPCC report finds the annual cost of avoiding that catastrophe is cheap, a mere 0.06% of annual growth ...

U.S. armed drone program in Yemen facing intelligence gaps

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2 days ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials say. Gaps ...

New Program Will Support Clean Energy And Efficiency For Low-Income Residents

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3 days ago
by Danielle Baussan - Guest Contributor Posted on January 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm "New Program Will Support Clean Energy And Efficiency For Low-Income Residents" On Thursday, the federal government and California Governor Jerry Brown announced a new program to resolve one the greatest hurdles for energy efficiency ...

Hopes of return muted in devastated Syrian Kurdish town

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2 days ago
1 of 4.A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and ...

Cleantech Companies Attempt to Sell ‘Newfangled Ideas’ to the Masses

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2 days ago
The success of EVs, solar panels and other grid-edge products relies on reaching “Wal-Mart-shopping NASCAR fans.” In between football plays on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will watch a litany of commercials. Among them will be BMW’s ad promoting the new i3 electric vehicle (EV). Entitled "Newfangled Idea," the ...

Here's What's at the Heart of the Crisis in Greece

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3 days ago
If you're in the market for some interesting commentary on Greece, there have been a couple of good ones recently. The first comes from Paul Krugman, who, among other things, makes a point that often gets missed: Greece is already running a primary surplus. That is, they've cut ...

Pennsylvania's New Governor Will Ban Fracking In State Parks And Forests

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3 days ago
"Pennsylvania’s New Governor Will Ban Fracking In State Parks And Forests" Gov. Tom Wolf speaks after he took the oath of office to become the 47th governor of Pennsylvania, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania’s new Governor Tom Wolf will sign an ...

Google fourth-quarter revenue misses Wall Street target, shares fall

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3 days ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's (GOOGL.O) (GOOG.O) revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter, falling short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Shares of Google fell 3.5 percent to $493 in after-hours trading on Thursday. Google said on ...

Houthi Takeover of Sana: An Outcome of Saudi Maneuver or Myopia?

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19 hours ago
Yemen is battling an Al Qaeda insurgency, a southern secessionist movement, endemic corruption, high unemployment and poor governance. It is also facing growing Pentagon influence as the US has exploited Yemen's problems to serve its military goals.The country has often relied on its oil-rich neighbour Saudi Arabia to ...

Solidarity—and the Seattle Seahawks—Forever

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2 days ago
When I started writing about the intersection of sports and politics in 2003, a countless number of sentences started with two words: “if only”. “If only” star athletes used their hyper-exalted-brought-to-you-by Nike platform to actually say something about the world instead of just trying to sell us more ...

Democrats Blast Obama's Offshore Drilling Plans

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4 days ago
This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling.

Hopes of return muted in devastated Syrian Kurdish town

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3 days ago
1 of 4.A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and ...

Why are Scam PACs So Much More Common on the Right Than the Left?

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4 days ago
Politico's Ken Vogel reports on a phenomenon that's gotten a fair amount of attention on both the right and the left: Since the tea party burst onto the political landscape in 2009, the conservative movement has been plagued by an explosion of PACs that critics say exist mostly ...

EU extends existing Russia sanctions but Greece brings doubt over new measures

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3 days ago
BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty that exasperated its allies. The worst fighting for five months raged on ...

Here Are All The Extra Provisions Attached To The Senate's Keystone XL Bill

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3 days ago
"Here Are All The Extra Provisions Attached To The Senate’s Keystone XL Bill" Thousands of protesters gather at the National Mall in Washington calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, as well as act to limit carbon pollution from power plants ...

Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Use Deadly Force Against Students

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3 days ago
"Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Use Deadly Force Against Students" People who are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement may have to deal with another fatal can of worms. If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the ...

U.S. jobless claims drop sharply to near 15-year low

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3 days ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ...

Now That The NYPD's Following the Law, Weed Arrests Plummet

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2 days ago
Arrests for the possession or small amounts of weed in New York City continue to decline sharply and it’s not because the NYPD is engaged in another slowdown — it’s because they’re finally following the law. Here’s some background: In 1977, weed was decriminalized in New York. According ...

The Hidden Threat That Could Take Health Care Away From 5 Million Children

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3 days ago
"The Hidden Threat That Could Take Health Care Away From 5 Million Children" King v. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court case attacking the Affordable Care Act, is largely perceived as a threat to people who purchased insurance through the law’s health exchanges. Should the plaintiffs succeed, at least ...

Alibaba holiday-quarter revenue disappoints

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3 days ago
(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's (BABA.N) quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company's growth during the hard-fought holiday shopping season. Revenue rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, missing the average analyst estimate of ...

Oil holds above $48 a barrel after U.S. stocks hit record high

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3 days ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as investor inflows offset data showing that U.S. crude stocks had hit a record high. By 0928 GMT on Thursday, U.S. crude CLc1 was trading at about $44.50 a barrel, up 5 cents and ...

Obama budget to propose spending lift for military, domestic programs

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3 days ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during ...

Jeb Bush's Former Classmates Say He Was A Hash-Smoking Bully

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19 hours ago
Thanks to the Boston Globe, we know what it's like to get high with Jeb Bush. The newspaper spoke with several of Bush's former classmates from the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., who portrayed the former Florida governor as a stoner and a bit of a bully.

ExxonMobil Finally Updates Worker Protection Policy

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2 days ago
After years of lobbying from LGBT organizations and activists across the country, ExxonMobil's Board of Directors announced Friday that the company's equal employment and workplace protection policies will prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees. Many advocates in this field say ExxonMobil has made the change because President Barack Obama ...

Federal Coal Program Costing Taxpayers And States More Than $1 Billion Per Year In Lost Royalties

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4 days ago
"Federal Coal Program Costing Taxpayers And States More Than $1 Billion Per Year In Lost Royalties" When it comes to paying for publicly-owned coal, the industry is getting a great deal. The American taxpayer, on the other hand, is being shorted not just by coal companies but by ...

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

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4 days ago
Ozone is a bit of a shape-shifting chemical. High in the stratosphere, ozone acts as an ultraviolet-blocking shield around Earth (which is why the ozone hole is such a problem). At ground level, it’s a pollutant that can cause serious respiratory problems. And if it finds its way ...
 

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