Britons are increasingly becoming homeless as a result of both the shortage of housing and the repercussions of welfare reforms underway by the coalition government. Nine percent of British adults have been homeless at some point in their life.
Oklahoma law for religious displays: 10 commandments monument in front of the State House. Satanic Temple to ask for a memorial. Hindus are calling for their own religious statue to be placed on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. Lord Hanuman is a Hindu monkey god.
About 2.5 million Britons will have to borrow money to afford heating their homes this Christmas. 7 million people would take out a loan over Christmas, 35 percent saying would use the loan to pay energy bills. One in six people surveyed, associate Christmas with “dread” and “worry”.
Fact-checking website PolitiFact is out with the latest edition of its "Lie of the Year," and the dubious prize went to US President Barack Obama for his claim that, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."PolitiFact had rated previous statements by Obama along similar lines as "half true."
A US presidential review panel tasked with examining policies and procedures at the National Security Agency concluded a program to collect data on every phone call made in the United States should continue. Proposed that records of phone calls made in the U S be held by the phone company.
The report: 83 percent of cities surveyed reported increase in requests for emergency food assistance over the past year, 52 percent saw increase in homelessness. Despite growing need, mayors in surveyed cities expect assistance for the hungry, homeless to decrease in coming year.
Business owner in Colorado received the world’s first marijuana retail license. “Annie’s” currently operates as a medical marijuana dispensary, will begin selling recreational marijuana January 1, 2014. Marijuana will be sold to adults by legitimate, taxpaying businesses instead of drug cartels.
Antibiotics are added to animal feed or drinking water of cattle, hogs, poultry and other food-producing animals to make them gain weight faster or use less food. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implementing plan to phase out certain antibiotics for food production.Threat to public health.
Brazil to break global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds,said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world. Sterile or "suicide" seeds produced byof genetic use restriction technology, makes crops die off after one harvest without producing offspring.
Dutch water supplier Vitens, has ended a partnership with the Israeli water company Mekorot. the Dutch company said it was “extremely hard” to work with Mekorot on future projects “because they cannot be taken out of the political context.” Becoming a serious reputational risk.
A federal judge said General Motors is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn: post-bankruptcy GM did not assume any obligation for the payment.
New kits for detecting the presence of marijuana and other drugs, combined with stiff zero tolerance “per se” laws to send sober smokers to jail. Could deploy a bunch of DrugWipes at DUI checkpoints near a college or a concert to generate DUIs, convictions and law enforcement income.
Reykjavík District Court sentenced four former executives of Kaupthing Bank to between 3 and 5 1/2 years in prison for financial crimes dating back to 2008. Investigations into the four go back to the Icelandic bank crash of autumn 2008. Special Prosecutor’s Office targeted many top bank officials.
Outraged opponents of the new law allowing French intelligence and the government to spy on internet users without any authorization, say it will "weaken the country's position" in the European and international debate on protection of personal data.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia does not seek the role of a regional or global hegemony, but will defend its core values and interests. All attempts to impose on other nations have failed. Gave assurance that Russia wants to respect the sovereignty and stability of other countries.
A Department of Homeland and Security employee who has been running a website promoting the genocide of whites and homosexuals has officially been fired, four months after being placed on paid administrative leave. Predicted a large race war would occur in the near future in the United States.
A US assassination drone strike has killed, wounded several people at a wedding party in southern Yemen. Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned air strikes.
A brawl broke out in Georgian Parliament Wednesday over the nation's stance on Ukraine's current turmoil. Scuffle stemmed over protesters in Kiev. Demonstrators angry Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pulled out of a long-awaited political agreement with the E U.
Ten people killed, hundreds injured as chaos gripped Argentina amid a police strike demanding pay rises. Mobs have taken over the streets, looting shops and robbing homes. Officers across the country refused to go on patrol in 19 out of 23 Argentinean provinces.
During an overnight raid, Ukrainian police have driven protesters off some of the areas they occupied in central Kiev. The operation was carried out in order to clear the streets from the barricades to let transport pass, according to the law enforcers. Minor clashes, tear gas being used.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize both the sale and production of marijuana. Under the new legislation, the price of marijuana will be set at one dollar per gram, aiming to undercut the current price of $1.40 on the illegal market. A historic day" for Uruguay.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not sign a controversial security deal with Washington unless US-led forces stop attacks against civilian targets across the country. Deal allows US to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal date for foreign troops.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin: Russia preparing a response to plans by the U S to develop new fast-strike weapons platform capable of hitting high-priority targets around the globe. If we are attacked, in certain circumstances we will of course respond with nuclear weapons,
British anti-poverty charities have slammed the global trade deal agreed by the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to critics, the deal reached among the 159 members could hinder countries from setting their own priorities in food security, worker rights and environmental protection.
The University of London, Britain's largest university, banned protests on its campus for six months following two days of unrest at this public education centre. The university obtained an injunction banning its students from staging "occupational protests.
Retired Chinese diplomat Sha Zukang urged the US, Japan and China to avoid a major conflict in the Asia-Pacific region over "those two tiny rocks" in East China Sea. The tiny islands, called Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese, source of tension between Beijing and Tokyo for decades.
Canadian arms exports soared to countries with poor human rights records, including Bahrain, raising questions about Canadian government’s foreign policy.Increased its weapons exports to Pakistan by 98 percent, Mexico by 93 percent and Egypt by 83 percent, all countries are experiencing conflicts.
Doctors of the World (MDM) said on Monday the crisis in Greece has badly damaged people's ability to cover their medical expenses, warning that the issue has put Greek children and pregnant women at risk. Over 27 percent of the population, unable to pay social security, left with no healthcare.
Canadian officials confirmed Monday that the nation is preparing to include the North Pole as part of its Arctic Ocean seabed claim in the multi-country push to prove jurisdiction over further territory in the resource-rich area. We are drawing the last lines of Canada, defending our sovereignty.
Car bomb exploded outside cafe in town of Buhriz killing 12, wounding 24. Roadside bomb hit army patrol south of the capital, killing one Iraqi soldier, wounding two others. Three killed, seven wounded in bomb attack at outdoor market in Baghdad. Attacks came day after bombings in Baghdad killed 39.
Sofia Gatica, a leading Argentine campaigner against Monsanto’s agrochemical spraying on GM soy received a death threat from a suspected Monsanto mercenary who held a gun to her. A few days later, Sofia was attacked and beaten near her place of work. Monsanto accused of intimidation tactics.
A crowd of around 400 people set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday after a man was hit and killed by a bus, the first major riot in the city-state for more than 40 years. Fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers.
The biggest drop in living standards since the Victorian age is seeing low and middle earners suffering an unprecedented squeeze on their incomes as austerity measures continue to bite, women, part-time workers disproportionately affected, increasing number of public sector workers are struggling .
Daughter of Reverend Wright and 12 other Democrats are charged with embezzling $16 million in Federal health grants that should have gone to AIDS charities and other programs for the poor and needy. Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama.
British government has issued guidelines warning businesses of the risks of trading with Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories, including potential damage to a company’s reputation. We do not encourage or offer support to such activity.
Controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation. Would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court.
Indiana State Police paid $373,995 for device that track movements of anyone nearby with a cellphone, capture the numbers of incoming, outgoing calls and text messages. Concerns civil liberties groups. police aren’t saying what they do with the technology; whose data they collect.
Virginia State Police released a new “crime-fighting” app that encourages citizens to photograph citizens who are legally photographing in public, the latest chapter in the War on Terror that further criminalizes photography. Encourages citizens to snap a picture and send it (with a message) to police.
The mayor of the island of Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has signed bill 113 into law. This bill prohibits biotech companies from operating on the island, and it bans farmers from growing any new genetically altered crops. (The papaya industry, which has more than 200 farms on the island, is exempt from the bill.)
Japanese media reporting radiation levels in the nuclear powerplant is now at its highest levels ever. Radiation so bad it can be fatal within 20 minutes. Two Sv is regarded as severe radiation poisoning. Six Sv produces a 100 per cent mortality rate after 30 days of suffering.
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