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Ukraine crisis: US urges restraint and warns it is ‘watching Russia’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe US has called for all sides to “step back and avoid any kind of provocations” amid heightened tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had spoken to his Russian counterpart who promised to respect Ukraine’s “territorial …Russian moves raise stakes in Ukraine conflictTimes of IndiaTroop buildup near Ukraine […]

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Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found dead – Houston Chronicle

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found deadHouston ChronicleSYDNEY (AP) — Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson, who became an anti-bullying activist after she was targeted online, has been found dead at age 47. Famed for TV shows such as “Australia’s Next Top Model,” the New Zealand-born … and more …read more Source: Houston […]

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China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit a part of the country with a large Muslim population. “The terrorists, riding …Several terrorists killed in Xinjiang attackXinhuaChina: Police kill ‘terrorists’ in attack in […]

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What Belgium’s child euthanasia law means for America and the Constitution – Washington Post

Washington PostBelgium has just passed a law allowing euthanasia for children. The Low Countries allow for suicide and doctor-assisted suicide, but Brussels is the first to open to door to dealing death to children of any age. If the prospect of youngsters being helped to off …‘Slippery slope?’ Belgium moves to extend euthanasia rights to […]

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Thai Vote Fails to Ease Tensions as Protesters Disrupt Election – Bloomberg

BloombergThai voters cast ballots across almost 90 percent of the country yesterday, defying efforts of protesters who disrupted polling stations in a general election where the results may not be certified for several months. Voting went ahead in 83,669 of the nation’s …Thailand elections: PM backs vote despite disruptionsBBC NewsBehind Thailand’s vote, a looming national […]

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Ukraine on Brink of Chaos as Amnesty Vote Splits Parliament – TIME

TIMEAfter a week of trying to appease the revolution in Ukraine, the government has finally dug in for a fight. On Wednesday night, the ruling party refused to grant the latest demand of the uprising – an unconditional amnesty for the revolutionaries who have seized …Ukraine Parliament Passes Amnesty LawWall Street JournalUkrainian Parliament Passes Measure […]

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Facebook is a disease and could die out within the next few years – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auHERE’S something you might not Like: Facebook could die out within the next few years. Well, that’s according to a study conducted by a group of Princeton researchers. They believe the growth of the social network can be compared to the dynamics of a …Facebook pokes holes in Princeton research with parodyCNETFacebook to die out […]

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New Zealand quake fells airport Hobbit eagle sculpture – BBC News

BBC NewsPeople in the city of Wellington have described the moment a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand’s North Island. The quake struck 38km (24 miles) north-east of Masterton at 15:52 local time (02:52 GMT) with no reports of major damage or serious …Earthquake rocks New Zealand lower North IslandSydney Morning HeraldNew Zealand earthquake: Hobbit […]

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‘Hobbit’ Sculpture Knocked Down in New Zealand Quake – ABC News

ABC NewsA strong earthquake rattled New Zealand’s lower North Island including the capital Wellington on Monday, although there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude 6.3 quake struck at …Earthquake rocks New Zealand lower North IslandSydney Morning HeraldStrong quake rocks New ZealandThe HinduStrong Quake Rattles […]

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Serena Williams falls to Ana Ivanovic in Australian Open – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMELBOURNE, Australia – Once her most successful major, the Australian Open has become Serena Williams’ snake bit-Slam. No. 1 Williams, a five-time champion, saw her tournament go up in smoke Sunday when she lost to No. 14 seed Ana Ivanovic of …Australian Open 2014: Ana Ivanovic posts magical win over Serena Williams to …Telegraph.co.ukIvanovic […]

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Taiji Cove dolphin hunt begins in Japan amid protests – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDespite protests from conservationists, an annual dolphin hunt took place Saturday at Taiji Cove in Japan. According to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a Friday Harbor, Wash.-based non-profit group that protects marine life, five separate pods of …Group: 250 dolphins await slaughter, lifetime of captivity at Japan’s Taiji CoveCNN200+ Bottlenose Dolphins Held a Second […]

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Forest needed to cover carbon footprint of icy rescue – New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldThe hapless Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally homeward bound – and thousands of trees will have to be planted to offset the carbon footprint from the prolonged rescue effort. The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick …China Icebreaker Now Trapped in AntarcticWall Street JournalRescued Antarctic passengers resume journey homeUSA TODAYAfter […]

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Revelers start ringing in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began ushering in a new year. More than 1 million people crammed the Sydney Harbor foreshore on a warm …Australia celebrates 2014 with a bangThe AustralianIt’s New Year in Australia, New Zealand, fireworks […]

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Icebreakers speed toward stranded ship in Antarctica – CBS News

CBS NewsLOS ANGELES — Three icebreakers are speeding to rescue a ship carrying tourists and researchers that is trapped in thick ice in Antarctica. The ship has been stuck since Tuesday about 1,700 miles south of New Zealand. Passengers and crew aboard the …Ship trapped in Antarctica surrounded by iceNBCNews.comAntarctica researchers stuck after wind blows […]

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Prostitution laws: What are the Nordic and New Zealand models? – CTV News

CTV NewsDebates surrounding the criminalization of sex work in Canada were sparked after the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down three major provisions in the country’s prostitution laws. In the ruling handed out Friday, the Supreme Court said the following laws …Prostitution laws will be enforced – for now – police sayCBC.caAdvocates fear for those […]

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Antonio Silva suspended for elevated testosterone level – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDespite gaining approval for the use of testosterone replacement therapy, Antonio Silva still failed his post-fight drug test following a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Mark Hunt in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 33. The Ultimate Fighting Championship …‘Bigfoot’€™ Silva flunks post-fight drug test, stripped of $50K bonusFOXSports.comAntonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva insists failed […]

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New Zealand Lures Cameron’s Avatar Sequels With Higher Subsidy – Bloomberg

BloombergDirector James Cameron will shoot the next three sequels to Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, in New Zealand after the South Pacific nation increased subsidies to film makers. New Zealand has signed an deal with Cameron’s Lightstorm …Three ‘Avatar’ sequels to be made in New ZealandToronto SunJames Cameron to Shoot Avatar Sequels […]

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Atossa Soltani Amazon Watch Avoids Defending Steven Donziger At RICO Trial: Chevron Ecuador

Atossa Soltani, of Amazon Watch, and its the founder and executive director, has reportedly elected to avoid testifying on behalf of RICO defendant Steven Donziger in the Chevron Ecuador fraud trial, this blogger learned today. Chevron is suing Steven Donziger in the ongoing Chevron Ecuador controversy for alleged violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt […]

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Oracle Team USA Wins America’s Cup Finals Over Emirates Team New Zealand. Computer Assist?

Ok. Oracle Team USA wins America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand. Don’t believe it? Read again: Oracle Team USA wins America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand. And once more: Oracle Team USA wins America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand. And thus bringing to reality a prediction this video blogger made on September […]