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Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. Meb is the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Image via Jared Wickerham/Getty.Read more…

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Game of Thrones Director: Filming Controversial Scene Was “Great”

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Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones featured plenty of disturbing scenes, but one stood head-and-shoulders above the rest: Jaime and Cersei. In the crypt. With a corpse (or at least next to one).Read more…

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Nigerian army ‘killed hundreds’

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Nigeria’s army killed some 600 people after a recent attack by Boko Haram militants on a barracks, Amnesty International says.

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Alexander Downer will be Australias next high commissioner to the UK

Former South Australian Labor premier Mike Rann will be shifted from London to Rome to make way for DownerFormer Liberal foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer has been confirmed as the next high commissioner to the UK.The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said former South Australian Labor premier Mike Rann would be shifted from London to Rome to make way for Downer.

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Tehran’s new UN envoy linked to US embassy hostage crisis

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Iranian government has applied for a US visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group that seized the US embassy on November 4, 1979. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Afghans register for polls despite attacks

Voters remain defiant and rush to register for Saturday’s election despite numerous recent Taliban attacks.

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Deaths in Iraq shooting and suicide attacks

Soldiers and civilians attacked by gunfire and a suicide car bombing in Sunni-majority areas a month before elections.

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Myanmar’s first census in decades bars name Rohingya

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as “Rohingya”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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

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Tensions rise as Myanmar holds census

Buddhist nationalists threaten to boycott tally over fears it could lead to recognition for Rohingyas.

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Taliban attack election commission HQ in Kabul ahead of vote

It’s their third big assault on the capital this week

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Putin calls Obama to discuss diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin called his American counterpart Barack Obama to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic end to the Ukraine crisis on Friday while insisting to the United Nations that Moscow had “no intention” of further military action. The White House said in a…

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A high seas fishing ban scorecard: (Almost) everybody wins

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When it comes to fishing, most of the ocean is lawless. Fish in the high seas — the half of the world’s oceans that fall under the control of no single nation, because they’re more than 200 miles from a coastline — are being plundered with aplomb by fishing fleets that observe virtually no fish conservation rules. Some very smart people think that might be a very stupid way of managing the world’s fisheries. They say it’s time for the world to ban fishing on the high seas. Many of the world’s brawniest fish and shark species migrate through these open waters, where they are being targeted and overfished. Bluefin tuna are becoming so rare that a single fish sold last year for $1.8 million. Last month, McKinsey & Company director Martin Stuchtey suggested during an ocean summit that banning fishing on the high seas would cause an economic loss of about $2 for every person on the planet. But he said the benefits of more sustainable fisheries, if such a ban was imposed, would be worth about $4 per person, creating a net benefit of $2 apiece. From Business Insider: Hard numbers reveal that today’s fishing industry is not profitable, and as fleets work harder chasing fewer fish, the losses grow and stocks are further depleted in “a race to the bottom,” the economist explained. Stuchtey’s numbers were approximations. But the results of a study published in the journal PLOS Biology this week put some flesh on the economist’s back-of-the-envelope calculations. An economist and a biologist, both from California, modeled the effects of such a ban and concluded that the move could double the profitability of the world’s fishing industries — and boost overall fishing yields by 30 percent. It would also boost fish stock conservation and improve the sustainability of seafood supplies. “The closure will probably result in short-term losses of protein from the sea,” Christopher Costello, a University of California at Santa Barbara environmental and resource economics professor who coauthored the paper, told Grist. “But the key point is that these short-term losses are likely to be followed by significant long-term gains because of the rebuilding of fish stocks.” The greatest human beneficiaries of such a ban would be residents of developing countries — nations that can’t afford the types of hulking vessels needed for high-seas fishing expeditions. The scientists say these developing nations would benefit from a rise in fish stocks in the waters they control, as would be the case for other countries. The biggest potential losers, according to the researchers, would include Japan, China, and Spain, which operate large offshore fishing fleets. And that could make a high-seas fishing ban a difficult sell at the United Nations. “Whether a country like Japan or China would stand to gain or lose is an empirical question that will require careful country-by-country analysis,” Costello said. “It may disadvantage a few politically powerful countries, while it advantages many smaller countries.” Global Ocean CommissionHigh seas are shown in dark blue. Click to embiggen.Filed under: Food

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‘Mind your own business’, North Korea says of UN demand for justice

Envoy scorns Human Rights Council

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Video: Times Minute | Crimea Transitions

Also on the Minute, Ukraine’s presidential candidates and the United Nations condemns Russia.

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Egypt prosecutor refers 919 suspected Islamists to two mass trials

One student killed in protests against the death sentences in earlier trial

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Ukraine crisis: EU is drafting powerful sanctions against Russia, says Cameron

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PM tells Commons that Brussels has drafted list of strong trade sanctions against Moscow if it intervenes in eastern UkraineA “strong, robust and powerful” package of trade, financial and economic sanctions is being drawn up by the European Union for use if Russia intervenes in eastern Ukraine, David Cameron told MPs.The prime minister was reporting back to the Commons on meetings over the past four days with his EU colleagues and the US president, Barack Obama, in The Hague.

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