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8 months ago

WTO Agrees Global Trade Deal Worth $1tn

The World Trade Organization has agreed its first-ever global deal aimed at boosting commerce.
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Nelson Mandela Death: A Rare Saintly Politician
In his tribute, President Obama said that as a youngster, like millions of others, he drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela - his first ever political action was a protest
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 US Jobless Rate Falls to Five-Year Low in November
The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November, according to the US Labor Department.
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Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach': Evil Octopus Strangling the World Becomes Latest US Intelligence Seal
Billions of dollars annually are being used to fund operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, the likes of which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders' phone calls and about everything in-between.
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US Refuses to Recognize New Chinese Air Defense Zone 
Nearing the tail end of his Asian tour on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden set in stone the United States' stance on a budding conflict there regarding ownership of airspace in the East China Sea.
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California for the First Time Fines Oil Company for Dumping Fracking Discharge
A southern California oil company has been fined $60,000 after being caught on camera illegally dumping a toxic discharge produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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Green Climate Fund Seeks Big Bucks
One... hundred... billion dollars. Cue an outburst of Dr Evil-like pinky chewing in the offices of the new Green Climate Fund (GCF), just opened in South Korea.
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Ten Pilot Whales Die and Dozens More Beached in Florida
Ten whales have died and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park, US government officials have said.
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Obama Calls for Action on 'Profoundly Unequal' Economy
President Barack Obama has called for action to remedy what he described as profound income inequality and a lack of social mobility in the US.
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Biden Gets Sharp Rebuke in China
One day after he spoke with leaders in embattled neighbor Japan, Vice President Joe Biden met with officials in China on Wednesday amid an escalating argument between Asian nations that has attracted the attention of the United States.
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The Pre-History of the US Dollar
This bill entitles the bearer to receive 20 Spanish milled dollars...(Pictured) Later this month, the Federal Reserve marks its centenary. One of its most important tasks is managing the dollar, the official US currency for more than 200 years.
8 months ago

Noted and commented.  Ray, some good articles here.  Thank you for putting them up on C2NN.

8 months ago

Noted Ray.   I agree that these are goog articles. 

8 months ago

Put the post in the wrong place, re-threading the report, sorry for confusing memebrs, will thread C2NN News reports on this thread shortly



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8 months ago

Comic Relief Money Invested in Arms and Tobacco Shares 

Millions of pounds donated to Comic Relief have been invested in shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms, BBC Panorama has learned.
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US and UK 'Spy on Virtual Games Like World of Warcraft' 
US and British spies have reportedly infiltrated online games such as World of Warcraft in an effort to identify terrorist threats, according to media reports. The undercover agents reportedly
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US Senate Votes to Ban Plastic Guns for 10 More Years 
The US Senate has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic guns invisible to metal detectors but has rejected tougher restrictions called for by gun-control 
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Activists Demand to Strip NFL of Nonprofit Status 
It is one of America's most beloved past times. Every year, when the weather gets cold and the days get shorter millions gather around their television sets to cheer on their favorite football teams.
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Ukrainian People Being Used as Pawns By the EU and US 
The people of Ukraine who want jobs and employment are being manipulated by politicians in the EU and the USA in an 'economic land grab' to further Western influence at all costs, Patrick Young, a political and financial commentator, tells RT.
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Cruel and Reckless': US Transfer of Algerian Gitmo Men Against Their Will 
Despite years of fighting to get released from Guantanamo prison, the US forceful transfers of Djamel Ameziane and Belkacem Bensayah to Algeria is illegal and cruel, Pardiss Kebriaei, a senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights told RT.
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NYPD Moves to Limit Public Access to Local Crime Information 
Each of the 77 New York City police precincts have been ordered to stop providing the media with information about the crimes that take place under their jurisdiction in what is considered by critics as a severe curtailing of the city's transparency.
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Obama: 'Ideal' Iran Deal Not Possible, We Have to Be Realistic 
US President Barack Obama defended the interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program saying the international community should be realistic, and sought to reassure Israel saying the future agreement would contain enough "safeguards
8 months ago

Noted and commented, Ray.

8 months ago

Controversial 'Rape Insurance' Bill to Cover Abortions Passed By Michigan 

The Michigan Legislature has passed a ban on abortion coverage in private and public insurance plans, requiring women to buy an extra policy before becoming pregnant. The bill provides no exception for rape, incest, or fetal anomalies.
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Obama Advisers Recommend NSA Overhaul After Surveillance Scandal - Report 
A White House-appointed task force is to recommend an overhaul of the National Security Agency, including changing the controversial bulk phone record collection and giving it civilian leadership, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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This Is Not a Movement You Are Going to Stop' - Connecticut Governor Signs First GMO Labeling Law in US 
The governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside an organic restaurant in the city of Fairfield on Wednesday to commemorate the state's passing of what could be the first GMO labeling law of its type in the United States.
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FDA to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock 
The US food safety regulator is moving to phase out some use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to curb growing antibiotic resistance in human disease.
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Oil Begins to Flow Through Southern Portion of Keystone XL Pipeline 
TransCanada has begun pumping oil into the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, a company spokesman announced on Tuesday. However, it remains to be seen whether President Obama will actually approve the project.
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Yellowstone Supervolcano 'Even More Colossal' 
The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
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Child 'Training' Book Triggers Backlash 
A child-raising book that advocates whipping with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies to evangelical Christians.
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70 Percent of California Doctors Plan to Boycott Obamacare Exchanges 
About 70 percent of California's 104,000 doctors are reportedly planning to stay out of the state's health insurance exchange, a move that could have significant impact on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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US Government Lost Around $10bn on GM Bailout 
The US government has sold its remaining shares in General Motors, leaving it with a loss of around $10bn (£6bn) on the bailout of the car maker.
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US Internet Giants Demand Sweeping Changes to Spy Laws in Open Letter to Obama 
The world's leading technology companies have addressed Washington in an open letter to demand a radical overhaul of surveillance laws, an international ban of bulk data collection and for the US to lead the way in restoring trust in the internet.
8 months ago

Noted and commented Ray.  Thank you.

7 months ago

CIA Probe Into Bay of Pigs Should Be Kept Secret - Obama Admin

Over 50 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion went awry, the US federal government is still attempting to keep secrets about the failed overthrow of the Cuban government, with an Obama administration lawyer arguing this week to keep a document classified.
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Why Border Lines Drawn With a Ruler in WW1 Still Rock the Middle East 
A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East.
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Lawmakers Overseeing NSA Receive Millions From Private Intelligence Contractors
US President Obama said last week that reforming the NSA in the midst of a major surveillance scandal could restore confidence in the government. Newly revealed connections between Congress and the private sector, however, may not do the same.
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Torturous Debate: US Congress, CIA Face-Off Over Interrogations, Secret Prisons
The US Senate Intelligence Committee is writing up a report highly critical of the CIA's past use of torture on detainees, including "waterboarding," even as the Obama administration has ramped up the use of deadly drone strikes.
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NSA Considers Amnesty for Snowden If He Stops Leaks
Senior National Security Agency officials in the United States say they've considered making a deal with former contractor Edward Snowden that would give amnesty to the leaker charged with espionage if he stops disclosing secret documents.
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Beatles Rarities Being Released to Beat Copyright Laws
The Beatles are to release 59 rare and unheard recordings in a bid to stop their copyright protection expiring.
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General Who Opened Guantanamo Prison Urges for Shut-Down in 2014
The American general in charge of opening the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba has come out in favor of closing the facility, declaring, "the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong."
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City of Dallas Effectively Bans Fracking 
The Dallas City Council passed Wednesday new restrictions that bar hydraulic fracturing within 1,500 feet of a home, school, church, and other protected areas. The new rules effectively ban the practice within the city.
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Weather 'Behind Ozone Hole Changes'
New insight has been gained into the recovery of the ozone layer. Scientists have been puzzled why the hole, which forms each year over Antarctica, has been changing considerably in size from year to year.
7 months ago

Noted and commented Ray and thank you.

7 months ago

A Point Of View: Why Charles Dickens Endures 

Charles Dickens was a close observer of human nature who found endless interest in the theatre of ordinary life, says John Gray.
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Canadians Wary of 9/11 Explanations - and of US Officials 
An advertising campaign in Canada raises questions about the US government's official account of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Are Canadians more sympathetic to anti-American conspiracy theories than Americans themselves?
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Sheriffs Across US Refuse to Enforce Tougher Gun Laws 
Sheriffs across the United States are refusing to implement new gun control laws passed by state legislatures, according to a report by the New York Times.
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Hazardous Fracking Waste: Activists Alarm at Proposal to Move It By River 
The US Coast Guard is looking into the possibility of allowing fracking waste to be barged along American rivers. The shipping industry has embraced the initiative, while the general public is alarmed by the risks of contaminated drinking water.
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Federal Judge Says NSA's Phone Surveillance Program Is Likely Unconstitutional 
A federal court judge in Washington, DC ruled Monday that the United States National Security Agency's controversial practice of routinely collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans may run afoul of the US Constitution.
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White House Rejects Amnesty for Edward Snowden 
The White House has ruled out the idea of an amnesty for fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
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Syria Crisis: UN Launches Record $6.5bn Aid Appeal 
The United Nations has announced its biggest ever appeal, seeking $6.5bn (£4bn; 4.7bn euros) for humanitarian aid to Syria.
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Afghanistan Mission Accomplished, Says David Cameron 
UK troops can come home from Afghanistan knowing it was mission accomplished, David Cameron has said as he visited the country.
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Stop GMOs': Russian Scientists Urge 10-Year Ban on Genetically Modified 
Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.
7 months ago

Noted and commented.

7 months ago

NSA Leaks: UK and US Spying Targets Revealed

More details of people and institutions targeted by UK and US surveillance have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel.
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Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans, Study Suggests
An analysis of a Neanderthal's hyoid bone - a horseshoe shaped structure in the neck - suggests they had the ability to speak.
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Florida Couple Forced to Uproot Their 17-Year-Old Organic Garden
Green 
After 17 years of managing an organic vegetable garden in their front yard, a Miami Shores, Florida couple was forced to remove it due to a zoning violation.
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Coroner Calls Inmate's Death Homicide, Deputies Insist It's Suicide
A prison inmate's death in Brown County, Ohio has officials debating whether or not it was actually a homicide.
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Ex-CIA Chief: Amnesty for Snowden Idiotic, He 'Should Be Hanged By His Neck'
A former head of the Central Intelligence Agency has said that anyone thinking about granting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden amnesty is out of their mind and that Snowden should be "hanged" if he is ever convicted of treason.
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Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Human Hormone Functions, Study Claims
Researchers at the University of Missouri and the United States Geological Survey say that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could be causing serious hormonal disorders in humans.
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NSA's Goal Is Elimination of Individual Privacy Worldwide - Greenwald to EU
The NSA's ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their "ability to destroy privacy.
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Ban Monkeys and Apes as Pets, Says Mark Pritchard MP
An MP calling for a ban on apes and monkeys as pets said it was not about winning votes, but "doing the right thing by our planet, right thing by the animal kingdom".
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Multivitamins Have No Health Benefits and Could Be Harmful, Researchers Claim
Three out of three new doctor studies agree: Multivitamin and mineral supplements are a waste of money.
7 months ago

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7 months ago

US Hits Bin Laden's Son-in-Law With New Conspiracy Charges 

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is facing two new conspiracy charges in his impending trial, as US prosecutors have reportedly linked him to the 2001 Al-Qaeda shoe bomber plot.
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Report Justifies EPA Decision on Fracking Despite Agency's Bow to Industry 
A 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency order for a gas drilling company in Texas to clean its tainted water wells was justified, the agency's inspector general has determined. The EPA rescinded the order in 2012 after the company protested.
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NSA Leaks: Snowden Declares 'Mission Accomplished' 
Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of US electronic surveillance programmes, says he achieved his aim.
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US Marines En Route to South Sudan to Help Possible Evacuation - Reports 
Approximately 150 US Marines are making their way to the Horn of Africa in the likelihood that they will be ultimately sent to South Sudan in order to evacuate Americans and protect the US Embassy in the war-torn nation, according to various reports.
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Royal Pardon for Codebreaker Alan Turing 
Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.
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2014 Looks More Optimistic for Gitmo Than 2013' 
A number of detainees have been recently transferred to their home countries, which is a positive sign and signifies progress in closing down the Gitmo facilities, Morris Davis, United States Air Force officer and lawyer, told RT.
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Major Computer Security Firm RSA Took $10 Mln From NSA to Weaken Encryption - Report 
The National Security Agency arranged a clandestine US$10 million contract with computer security power RSA that allowed the spy agency to embed encryption software it could use to infiltrate the company's widely used products, Reuters reported.
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'Comedy of Errors': Sensitive FBI Interrogation Manual Surfaces at Library of Congress 
An FBI agent who authored a secret bureau interrogation manual made the seemingly unusual decision to submit the document for copyright protection, thereby making it publicly accessible through the Library of Congress, according to a new report
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Lawsuit Alleges BP, Chevron Dumped Radioactive Waste Into Louisiana Waters 
Oil behemoths BP and Chevron dumped toxic waste - including some radioactive material - from their drilling operations into coastal waters, claims Louisiana parish Plaquemines in a lawsuit removed to federal court Thursday.
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The UK, US and Libyan governments have vowed to work together to reveal "the full facts" of the Lockerbie bombing which claimed 270 lives.
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Noted and commented.  Great articles Ray.

7 months ago

Keir Starmer Heads Labour's Victim Treatment Review 

Former chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is to advise Labour on the best way to protect rape victims and abused children from harrowing questioning during court cases.
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'Sarah's Law' Sees 700 Paedophiles Identified 
More than 700 paedophiles have been indentified since the introduction of "Sarah's Law" in 2011, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.
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Rhino Ranger on the Battle Against Poachers 
South Africa, home to over 80 percent of all rhino in the world, has lost over 800 of the creatures to poaching this year alone.
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Online Privacy Demands Global Action, Just as With Apartheid - UN Human Rights Chief 
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has associated the global response to government mass surveillance with the collective uproar that eventually helped cripple South Africa's apartheid regime.
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Japanese War Crimes: I'M Sorry? 
China and South Korea are very angry with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe because he visited the Yosukuni Shrine in Tokyo honoring some 2.5 million Japanese - both military and civilian - who died in war.
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US Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Program Is Legal 
A United States federal judge said Friday that the National Security Agency's controversial bulk phone data collection program doesn't violate the law.
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NSA Can Easily Find Individuals Hidden in Metadata - Study 
In defending the NSA's surveillance policies, many have cited the agency's claim that it merely collects phone numbers dialed, lengths of calls, and other metadata. Yet researchers now say the NSA can identify individuals in that vast collection of data.
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Obama Defense Bill to Facilitate Transfer of Prisoners From Gitmo 
Barack Obama has signed a bill to speed up the repatriation of prisoners from Guantanamo in a possible step towards the closure of the facility. He also put pen to legislation that will reduce the possibility of another government shutdown
7 months ago


One Million US Jobless to Lose Financial Aid

More than a million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits after an emergency federal programme expired on Saturday.
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Reported Sexual Assaults in US Military Jumped By 50% in 2013
Reported sexual assaults in the US military increased by over 50 percent in 2013, new data reveals. The boost punctuates a year filled with damning disclosures of a culture that has failed to protect the enlisted from systemic levels of sexual violence.
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Guantanamo Bay: US Hails 'Milestone' Release of Chinese Uighurs 

The US has hailed the release of the last three Chinese Muslim Uighurs from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay as a "significant milestone".
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Huge Fire After US Oil Train Derails in North Dakota 
Wagons from a mile-long train carrying crude oil have burst into flames as they derailed after a collision in the US state of North Dakota.
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Benghazi Attack Caused By Anti-Muslim Film, Al-Qaeda Not Involved - Report 
There is no evidence suggesting that Al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization took part in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a new report suggests.
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Scrooge Saturday: 1.3 Million Americans to Lose Emergency Jobless Aid 
Congress went on holiday recess without extending an emergency federal aid program to America's unemployed, set to expire on Saturday, leaving over one million people in economic 
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Podcam' Shows Life of Dolphins in BBC Spy in the Pod Series 
Film-makers have infiltrated the ocean with secret cameras to capture dolphin behaviour in the wild as it has never been seen before.
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The Science and Environment News Highlights of 2013 
It was the year in which an object from the cosmos burned and boomed its way through our atmosphere while one originating on Earth hurtled into the uncharted territory of interstellar space.
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US Govt's Wanton Approval of Harmful Pesticides Fueling 'Bee Holocaust' - Lawsuit 
In response to rapidly dwindling global honey bee populations - vital in pollinating a third of the world's crops - environmental and food safety groups have sued the EPA for approving bee-ravaging pesticides despite damning evidence of their effects.
7 months ago

Michael Bloomberg's Contested Legacy as New York Mayor 

Michael Bloomberg has overseen the transformation of New York City during his 12 years as mayor. But as he prepares to leave office the billionaire businessman's political legacy is contested.
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Happy New Year? The World's Getting Slowly More Cheerful 
As 2013 draws to a close, pollsters have been finding out how people across the world feel about the state of their lives and the coming 12 months. Here, the BBC's world affairs correspondent, Paul Adams, analyses the findings.
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