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North Korea moves closer to rocket launch

Hong Kong (CNN) – North Korea has moved another step closer to the unusual and provocative move of launching a long-range rocket in wintertime, according to an analysis of satellite images by a U.S. academic website. Using commercial satellite imagery, the website 38 North says that trailers carrying the first two stages of one of the North’s Unha rockets can be seen near… Read more →

The Making of the Hottest Year on Record: USA Temperature Update

After 16 consecutive months with warmer-than-normal conditions, October brought fairly average temperatures to the United States. Arctic air kept the center of the country cooler than average, while most of the coasts were warmer than average. But are we still on track for the warmest year in the United States’ climate record? We’ve heard a lot about the record-setting heat… Read more →

Harvard to welcome kinky sex club for students

Harvard students who have bedroom proclivities that would make their parents’ faces go crimson will soon be able to share the details – in a school-sanctioned club for scholars who like kinky sex. An informal group that calls itself “Harvard College Munch” began meeting last year in the dining hall to discuss the sexual ties that bind them, and it… Read more →

Washington Proposes $1 Trillion Bailout For Delinquent Student Loans

A possible $1 trillion bailout is coming—and soon. America’s now-nationalized student loan industry just reached a value of $1 trillion, according to Citigroup, growing at a 20 percent-per-year pace. Since President Obama nationalized the industry (a tacked-on provision of the Obamacare bill), tuition has gone up 25 percent and the three-year default rate is at a record 13.4 percent. Ron… Read more →

Egypt assembly adopts draft constitution: "Muslim Brotherhood constitution"

Egypt assembly adopts draft constitution: “Muslim Brotherhood constitution”

Egypt’s constituent assembly has adopted a draft constitution after a marathon all-night session that began shortly afternoon on Thursday and ran until Friday morning. The assembly – boycotted by liberals and Christians – has been accused of rushing through approval of the document, which is at the centre of a political crisis pitting Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president, against several opposition parties. The… Read more →

Hamas says Gaza conflict, U.N. recognition go together

(Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state won by his rival Mahmoud Abbas should be seen alongside Gaza’s latest conflict with Israel as a single, bold strategy that could empower all Palestinians. Meshaal said the short war which claimed 162 Palestinian lives and five Israelis was concluded on terms set by his Islamist… Read more →

UN General Assembly votes in favor of Palestinian statehood

JERUSALEM –  The U.N. General Assembly has voted in favor of Palestinian statehood, after the Palestinians asked it to recognize a non-member state of Palestine in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, and the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status was approved by the 193-member world body late Thursday by a vote of 138-9 with 41… Read more →

Congress implored to denounce sexual-orientation therapy

In the latest attack on therapies aimed at helping gay patients who want to become heterosexual, a congresswoman from California said Wednesday that she was introducing a resolution calling on Congress to denounce the practice. Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat, is proposing the resolution as two lawsuits move through federal court challenging a new California law to ban minors from receiving “sexual-orientation… Read more →

Mexico’s new president to reset drug war, push reforms

(Reuters) – Mexico’s new president takes office on Saturday seeking to shift the focus away from a grisly drug war and onto economic reforms aimed at sparking fast growth and pulling the country out of the shadow of regional powerhouse Brazil. Enrique Pena Nieto inherits a $1.2 trillion economy that lagged other emerging markets for most of the past decade… Read more →