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Two Koreas trade hundreds of rounds of artillery fire across disputed maritime border

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Koreas trade fire across sea border

North and South Korea exchange fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says, as Pyongyang holds military drills.

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New political party tries to woo Hungary’s Roma community

With elections looming on April 6, a new party is trying to win over Hungary’s largest ethnic minority, the Roma, a community scarred by deep poverty and racism and disillusioned by traditional politics. “Until now, the Roma have never had credible…

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Menopause: nature’s way of saying older women aren’t sexually attractive?

The theory that mothers become infertile so that they can help care for their grandchildren is under attack, raising questions about female identity Sitting at my desk today is a benefit made possible by my mother-in-law. She is taking care of my son, leaving me free to do other work and ideally,…

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Netanyahu slams UN rights council’s censure of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed a UN rights body for a string of resolutions condemning the Jewish state despite a wave of rights abuses elsewhere in the region. “At the end of last week, the UN Human Rights Council condemned…

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Evaluating teachers based on student performance is ‘punitive measure that demoralizes teachers’

What is the policy of evaluating teachers on their students’ performance really about? Ostensibly, it is designed to improve public schools by holding teachers accountable. However, by failing to take into account several factors…

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Chris Christie woos conservative mega donor Sheldon Adelson at Vegas GOP forum

Six minutes into a speech yesterday to the Republican Jewish Coalition that marked the opening of his comeback tour, Gov. Chris Christie received a sign. Sheldon Adelson, the GOP mega donor whose bankbook can launch a presidential campaign…

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Same-sex couples can now marry in England, but 20 percent of Brits wouldn’t go to the wedding

Gay couples across England and Wales said “I do” Saturday as a law authorizing same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality. Following the first marriages amid a supposed race to wed, Prime Minister David…

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Franciscan monks try Internet crowdfunding to restore St Francis of Assisi’s home in Rome

Crowdfunding and medieval history are coming together in Rome as a group of Franciscan monks take to the Internet to drum up funds to restore a dusty cell said to have been used by St Francis of Assisi himself. Located in the trendy Trastevere district…

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Quest for oil threatens Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve

The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa’s most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and armed conflict. Early in March, European Development Commissioner…

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Taiwan stages massive anti-China trade pact rally

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday in a bid to pressure embattled President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China. The protesters, many wearing black shirts and headbands reading…

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N Korea ‘will not rule out’ a new nuclear test: KCNA

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Documents reveal secretive Hollywood group’s shady donations to conservative politicians

Before Republican Senator Ted Cruz flew to Los Angeles to speak to Hollywood’s secretive right-wing organization, Friends of Abe (FOA), Cruz suggested to the Hollywood Reporter that IRS’s reluctance to immediately ordain FOA as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-free charity was a left-wing government…

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Climate change threatens to wipe out Latin America coffee crops – and farmers

Under the coffee bushes, Rosibel and Benjamín Fijardo are on their knees, scraping carefully through a litter of dead leaves and dried mud. They are scavenging for stray coffee berries, fallen when the harvesters went through the plantation last week. After 20 minutes, Benjamín has a plastic cup…

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Piers Morgan closes last show with parting shot at NRA for ‘bullying this nation’s politicians’

CNN’s Piers Morgan closed his final show for the network thanking his viewers, but he didn’t end it without taking a shot at one his biggest adversaries: the NRA and the gun culture that they promote. Morgan began his closing remarks thanking his staff and the network for the…

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NM GOP rep fires new press secretary over tweet about Jews going ‘up in smoke’

Seventy-two hours after Rebekah Stevens had been introduced as communications director for Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., the congressman asked for, and received, her resignation after fall-out from her Twitter account became too large of a distraction for his office, according to the Albuquerque…

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Hundreds of children abandoned by smugglers en route to US: Mexico

Authorities in Mexico said Saturday they found more than 370 children dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way into the United States. The National Institute of Migration (INM) said the huge number of children, from different nations in Central America, were discovered in just a…

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Florida couple arrested, facing charges for starving and torturing their eight children

A Hillsborough, Florida, man and woman are in jail after police went to their home and discovered two of their eight children suffering from physical abuse and severe malnutrition after being denied food by the couple. The mother, Jamie Hicks, 43, has been charged with two counts of aggravated…

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US, Dutch men arrested attempting to deposit billions in fake bonds in Vatican bank

Vatican police on Saturday apprehended an American and a Dutch man who were trying to deposit billions of euros and US dollars in fake bonds in the Vatican bank. The men were stopped by the police when they approached one of the guarded gates at the Vatican and asked to be let through to the…

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