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UN climate panel warns that global warming will complicate security issues

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Warmer temperatures can lead to warmer tempers, UN report to say

Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems

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Bitter Washington DC mayoral election clouded by corruption claims

Mayor Vincent Gray faces possible federal indictment Muriel Bowser takes slim lead in Democratic primary pollsJust days before voters in Washington go to the polls to select their next mayor, the latest corruption scandal to hit the city boiled over in a television studio as Democratic mayoral candidates exchanged angry taunts during their final broadcast debate.The incumbent, Vincent Gray, faces possible indictment by federal prosecutors over allegations he received $400,000 (£240,000) in illegal campaign contributions from the billionaire city contractor Jeffrey Thompson, who was codenamed uncle Earl by the mayor.

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Vatican bank fraud foiled after suspects stopped with 1.2bn of forged bonds

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Would-be swindlers were carrying a case of forged bearer bonds as they tried to enter the Vatican gates ‘to meet cardinals’The papal gendarmerie and Italian police have foiled a massive potential fraud at the Vatican bank after two men stopped at the gates to the Vatican were found to be carrying a case containing large amounts of forged bearer bonds, Italian police say.Lt Col Davide Cardia of the financial police said the would-be swindlers, who were wearing business suits, tried to convince Swiss Guards at a Vatican City gate this month that cardinals were expecting them.

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Climate change ‘complicates’ global security

Top scientists say climate change will complicate and worsen global security problems such as wars and refugees.

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If we want people to drive less, we have to end sexism

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At Atlantic Cities, Ann Friedman has a stellar post about how gender inequality affects public transit ridership. Most transit riders are low-income, she writes, and guess who earns less than men? (BINGO.) Research backs her up: A 2013 study by the AASHTO found 114 women ride public transportation for every 100 guys. “Women overall are more dependent on transit than men, for low-income households in particular,” says Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, an urban planning professor at UCLA. “If there is one car, it’s most often the man who drives the car.” And yet women are disproportionately the victims of harassment on public transit. Friedman cites a 2007 survey of NYC subway riders that says of those who witnessed sexual assault or harassment, 93 percent said the victim was a woman. In the simple act of trying to get home from work, ladies have to worry about strangers’ indecent exposure, groping, and even rape — and on top of that, the bus driver might not care (or, worse, might be the aggressor). Reporting the crimes is tricky; as the NYT points out, some cultures don’t trust the police enough to get them involved. As just one example of way too many, L.A. resident Julie Asperger told LAist she’s gotten so much sexual harassment on the Metro, she avoids it at all costs: Riding the bus is like a war zone … Men will sit next to me when I [wear] skirts and dresses. Men sitting next to me will start caressing the side of my leg. I have had men reach and touch the inside of my thigh. If city lovers and environmentalists want more people to ride public transportation, we’ve gotta do something to make it seem as safe for women as driving. Loukaitou-Sideris again: “A number of [women] perceive the private automobile as the safest mode of transportation, so they will save money to try to buy an automobile,” she says, “or restrict their activity to certain times of day to not have to take public transit at night.” Not only does that have implications for the climate, but it’s just plain depressing. When you consider fatalities, taking the bus or train is way safer than driving. Let’s make those safer spaces for women too.Filed under: Cities, Living

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Bride who pushed groom off cliff gets more than 30 years for murder

Prosecutors said the bride lured the groom to the top of a 300-foot cliff in Glacier park on July 7 and pushed him over, then lied repeatedly to investigators in an attempt to cover up the crime

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New York has most segregated public schools in the US, study finds

With less than 1% white enrolment in most of its charter schools, New York City’s school system ranks among the least diverseNew York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.

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Vatican removes Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst spent $43-million of church funds on an extravagant residence

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Pistorius ‘had loving relationship’

The lawyer of Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, denies the couple were unhappy.

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It’s the Economy: Who Needs a Boss?

Worker co-ops might be the key to alleviating inequality, if only someone would give them a loan.

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De Blasio’s Tale of 2 New Yorks Inspires Liberals Beyond City

Bill de Blasio’s winning campaign for mayor of New York — and his relentless critique of economic inequality in the city — seems to be emboldening liberal elected officials elsewhere.

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What Obama Can Learn From Warren

For the first time in his presidency, Obama seems truly committed to tackling inequality. Here’s how he should do it.

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Bachelet Wins Chilean Presidency in Landslide

Michelle Bachelet received about 62 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, amid continuing unease over high levels of inequality in Chile.

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Obama Tells New Mayors He’ll Help Fight Inequality

President Obama vowed on Friday to join Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and newly elected leaders in an effort to combat growing inequalities.

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How Low-Wage Strikes Are Working

Slowly but surely, Washington is beginning to take notice of America’s Gilded Age-level economic inequality. 

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It’s DINO Hunting Season

After years of reveling in intra-GOP squabbling, Democrats are facing a battle within their own party over economic populism—and the fight over inequality may dominate the 2014 races.

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Obama Previews 2016 Battleground

The president took on income inequality in a speech Wednesday—at a Clinton-friendly venue. But the issue threatens to divide his party, with an invigorated left looking for a new hero.

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