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Rush Limbaugh is Terrible, Volume 462

My ears are bleeding after listening to Rush Limbaugh give a 13-year old several minutes of air time to "refute" global warming. The evidence? The …

Well Played, China: Buses So Big Cars Can Go Under Them

<i>Grist</i> marvels at this interesting idea. Personally, I think it's pretty foolish until we have driverless cars, but when that happens, let's do it!<p>You …

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

Google’s trend charts of the phrase “Harlem Shake” are seismic. Almost no one looked for the words until Feb. 7, then searches surged faster than any term Google ever had, except for “Whitney Houston” after her death. A few weeks later, they fell close to zero.<p>Experts said the “Harlem Shake” …

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Joseph Kony Gets a Break as U.S. and African Forces Stop Their Search

The infamous African warlord and his Lord’s Resistance Army may be free to terrorize more innocent people. William Lloyd George on how a coup has …

Sudan Darfur donor conference hosted by Qatar

<b>The Gulf state of Qatar is hosting a two-day conference on development and reconstruction in Sudan's Darfur region.</b><p>The conference is seeking some $7.2bn (£4.7bn) in development aid aimed at making Darfur more self-dependent.<p>Ahead of the meeting, the UK announced it would contribute at least …

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North Korea readies missile launch as fears of a covert cyberwar grow

South Korea is bracing for a protracted standoff with the North that could include at least one missile test-launch and a border skirmish.<p>On Friday, …

Is China getting uneasy with North Korea?

As rantings from North Korea become ever more belligerent and bizarre, there are signs that China, its only outside friend in the world, is beginning to distance itself, too.<p>Normally reluctant to voice any sign of despair whenever tensions deepen on the Korean Peninsula, the Chinese are now talking …

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Afghan donkey bomb kills policeman

A bomb strapped to the back of a donkey killed one policeman and wounded three civilians in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.<p>The explosives were set off when the animal walked close to a police post in the volatile district of Alingar in Laghman province early in the morning, …

Iran nuclear talks end without progress

The EU's foreign policy chief has said that nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have failed to reach an agreement.<p>Catherine Ashton said on Saturday that the discussions in Kazakhstan revealed that "the two sides remain far apart on substance".<p>The six insist that Iran cut back on its …

North Korea tells Britain to consider evacuating Pyongyang embassy

North Korea told the Foreign office this morning that it should consider evacuating the British embassy in Pyongyang.<p><b>North Korea missile threat: latest</b> <b><br>China 'shifts position' on North Korea</b> <b><br>North Korea: Kim Jong-un steps up security detail</b><p>"We can confirm that the British Embassy in Pyongyang …

Chinese now the world's biggest spending tourists

MADRID/FRANKFURT - Chinese tourists have overtaken Germans as the world's biggest-spending travelers after a decade of robust growth in the number of Chinese holidaying abroad, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said on Thursday.<p>Chinese tourists, known for travelling in organized …

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Human rights groups fear impact of draft Egypt law restricting their work

Egypt's parliament is close to passing a law that campaigners say will severely restrict the activity of human rights groups and other …

North Korea warns embassies over safety following missile threat

North Korea has warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it cannot guarantee their safety from the threat of conflict after 10 April, and has …

Syrian rebels claim to seize border post

Syrian rebels say they have overrun an army garrison that defends the main southern border crossing with Jordan on Friday and vowed to press on to take control of the major transit route.<p>Fighters from the Free Syrian Army said on Friday that they captured the Um al-Mayathen post on the main …

Iraq bombings kill soldiers and civilians

Two bomb attacks have killed six people including three soldiers in two Iraqi cities, according to government officials.<p>In the first incident on Friday, a police officer said, attackers detonated a bomb as an army jeep was driving through the western Baghdad neighbourhood of Abu Ghraib, killing …

New path may lead to better HIV vaccine - Futurity

DUKE (US) — For the first time, researchers describe the co-evolution of antibodies and virus …

Guam eager to receive U.S. missile defense system

Previous plans for a different missile defense system were mothballed in 2010.<p>HAGÅTÑA, Guam — As North Korea has become increasingly bellicose, telling foreign embassies Friday that they might want to evacuate its capital and claiming its military has approval to launch a nuclear attack, the U.S. …

Bracelet For Human Rights Workers Sends Kidnapping Alerts to Facebook, Twitter

When activated, the device sends "Help!" messages social media accounts and nearby aid workers.<p>Activists and aid workers who document government abuses or monitor elections often risk abduction by those who oppose their work. Now one organization has developed a gadget to help.<p>Stockholm-based Civil …

U.N. secretary general to meet with Obama

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit the White House on Thursday, press secretary Jay Carney announced Friday.<p>President Obama "looks forward to welcoming the Secretary General back to the White House and consulting with him on key issues, including the crisis in Syria, and …

Don't panic over new bird flu outbreak, CDC cautions

A deadly outbreak of a new kind of bird flu has now sickened 16 people in China and killed six, but U.S. health officials on Friday cautioned that there’s no cause for widespread alarm.<p>The new influenza A H7N9 virus has not been seen before in humans, but it doesn’t appear to be transmitted easily …

FBI interviews Petraeus as part of probe

Petraeus resigned last year as head of the CIA when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.<p>WASHINGTON — FBI agents interviewed David Petraeus, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, at his home in Arlington on Friday, two government …

Drone shows half of illegal border crossers caught

High-flying Predator in Arizona uses radar developed to spot Taliban planting bombs in Afghanistan.<p>A U.S. surveillance drone has shown that just under half of the migrants and smugglers who illegally crossed into Arizona from Mexico recently were caught by border agents, according to the Center for …