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Fines and jail for GSK China bribery

China fines pharmaceuticals firm GSK $490m for bribery and jails executives, state media report

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Australian Parliament beefs up security over Islamic State threat

Intelligence agencies detected chatter this month between Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria and their supporters at home that the federal parliament in Canberra could be targeted, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday in Sydney

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The ISIS Agent Next Door?

He was the proprietor of a grimy chicken joint in Rochester, New York. But online, Mufid Elfgeeh could forget all that—and tweet about ‘the State’ and becoming an ‘individual wolf.’

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A California Without Illegal Immigrants

Citizens of the Golden State love complaining about undocumented immigrants, but the state would collapse without them.

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Anti-terror raids launched after Islamic State ordered ‘demonstration killings’ in Australia: Abbott

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering “demonstration killings” in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australian police detain 15 people in nation’s largest counterterrorism operation

Australian police have detained 15 people in a major counterterrorism operation after they say intelligence indicated a violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

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Jet packs to help US soldiers run a four-minute mile on battlefield

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The US military hasn’t been shy about its desire to use technology to develop a new generation of super soldiers. But here’s one effort that is sure to raise eyebrows – jet packs to make combat troops faster on foot. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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VIDEO: The man behind Alibaba: Jack Ma

Who is the man behind Alibaba, the e-commerce giant that is about to launch a record listing on the New York stock market?

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Dunkin’ Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit)

If you were looking for an excuse to stop and get a cruller at Dunkin’, here you go: Dunkin’ Donuts just committed to buy all its palm oil from sources that do not cut down the rainforest. (Update: One day later Krispy Kreme announced it too was moving to zero-deforestation doughnuts by the end of 2016). In case you didn’t know: Doughnuts have been fried in palm oil ever since the public health push to get rid of transfats. The demand for palm oil has driven farmers to clear forests, threatening many species, including orangutans. Cutting down these forests also has major long-term consequences for humans. So if you’re getting doughnuts from Tim Hortons or Krispy Kreme, you have yet another reason (besides the 190 reasons here) to feel guilty. There is a way to do palm oil right. Back in July, Cargill pledged to provide palm oil that did not cause deforestation, and yesterday it announced it was joining The Forest Trust. That gives doughnut companies the opportunity to get the oil they need without encouraging irresponsible destruction. “More and more consumers, investors, and suppliers around the world have shown that zero deforestation palm oil is possible – and in fact, more and more it is what consumers and investors expect,” Forest Heroes, a group that has been pressuring companies to abandon deforestation-dependent oil, said in a press release. Some 60 percent of palm oil is now produced responsibly. We are close to the tipping point where palm oil will stop being a synonym for “evil” and become an exemplar of a well-managed commodity. Update: Krispy Kreme’s statement on palm oil can be found here (look in the FAQs under “Do you use sustainable palm oil.”) Filed under: Article, Food, Politics

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Is New Jersey Fudging Its Pension Fund Results to Defuse a Christie Scandal?

You cannot make stuff like this up. New Jersey, in its attempt to diffuse a pension fund scandal that implicates Chris Christie (it roused him to respond in public), looks to have committed the classic crisis management blunder of a cover-up worse than the original crime. International Business Times reporter David Sirota has been putting questionable relationships between state pension funds and Wall Street under the hot lights.

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United States bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for the first time

<!– google_ad_section_start –> US warplanes carried out their first air strike on Islamic State (IS) near Baghdad, as major nations pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Turkey could take in Muslim Brotherhood leaders ousted from Qatar, Erdogan says

Turkey’s military is working on plans to establish a ‘buffer zone’ against Islamic militants on the country’s borders with Iraq and Syria, the Turkish president says

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VIDEO: Stephen Sutton’s £5m charity legacy

Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton have been revealed.

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Kerry: U.S. Open to Iran Talks on ISIS

The United States has ruled out any military coordination with Iran on tackling ISIS, but does not oppose communicating with Tehran to find out if the the country is willing to join the coalition being assembled to fight the extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry says. Kerry was speaking Monday in Paris, where more than two dozen nations pledged to help in the campaign against the extremists who call themselves Islamic State and are pushing to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Kerry said such communications with Iraq could also address “under what circumstances” Iran would come on board or “whether there is the possibility of a change.” His comments came even though the U.S. had opposed allowing Iran to attend the meeting of foreign ministers from the West, Asia and the Middle East. Tehran ended up not being invited.

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U.S. strikes Islamic State near Baghdad in expanded mission

The U.S. military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration’s campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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Move to cut Bangladesh marriage age

The Bangladeshi cabinet proposes measures to lower the marriageable age for men and women, while toughening the penalty for violating the limits.

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VIDEO: Slum comedy becomes online video hit

The Turkish locals using comedy to fight slum demolition

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UN pulling peacekeepers from Golan Heights amid clashes in Syria

UN peacekeepers withdrawn Monday have been moved to the Israeli side of the border

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Canadian aircraft to ship ammunition to Iraqi security forces

Starting Thursday two Canadian military strategic lift aircraft will begin ferrying Eastern European-sourced small-arms ammunition to Iraq from the Czech Republic

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Ai Weiwei’s unscheduled television appearance embarrasses Chinese state broadcaster

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