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DOD fiscal chief: 'I am nervous'

“Frankly, I am nervous,” says Robert Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller. And with reason.<p>A month and half into the new fiscal year, Congress can’t seem to decide between what are three, wildly different scenarios for Hale’s world in 2014. The House endorsed most of President Barack Obama’s $527 …

Philippines urges action to resolve climate talks deadlock after Typhoon Haiyan

UN negotiations in Warsaw must deliver emergency climate pathway as new storm brews in the Pacific, says government<p>The Philippines government has firmly connected the super typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the …

Reports Say North Korea Publicly Executed 80 People

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Reports are coming out of North Korea that the isolated nation publicly executed 80 people this …

Greenpeace detainees arrive in St Petersburg

<b>Thirty people detained in Russia following a Greenpeace protest have arrived in St Petersburg, the organisation has said.</b><p>The 28 activists and two journalists - including six Britons - have been moved to the city from a jail in Murmansk.<p>They have been charged with hooliganism over an Arctic oil …

Immigration Reform Backed By Voters In Republican-Led Swing Districts, Poll Shows

WASHINGTON -- A majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support the broad outlines of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, according to a poll released on Tuesday.<p>About three-fourths of respondents in the districts surveyed …

Three-Quarters of Americans Want a Minimum Wage Increase

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When President Obama came out in support of a minimum wage increase last week, he was by no means …

Hawaii Senate to take last vote on gay marriage

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on Tuesday, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.<p>The bill allowing same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2 is expected to pass …

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Afghanistan Civilian Deaths Investigation Abandoned Over 'Lack Of U.S. Cooperation'

KABUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the murder of a group of civilians after being refused access to U.S. special forces soldiers suspected of involvement, according to a document obtained by Reuters.<p>Seventeen men disappeared after being …

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Iran-talks snag puts W.H. on defense

A ten-day delay in talks aimed at negotiating an interim halt to Iran’s nuclear program could allow opponents of such a deal to build momentum on Capitol Hill, analysts said Monday.<p>For a time last week, it seemed like the Obama administration was eager to complete such a pact in little more than 48 …

Wide-Open Race in 2016 Offers Ocean of Possibilities

It’s hard to re­mem­ber in­terest in a pres­id­en­tial elec­tion be­gin­ning to build so early. Wide-open pres­id­en­tial con­tests — that is, those …

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John McCain Calls on NSA Director to Resign, Backs Down Immediately

The Arizona senator's aborted demand for accountability in Washington was a farce.<p>Did the Edward Snowden leaks help the U.S. by exposing massive privacy violations? Or did the former National Security Agency contractor hurt the country by spilling vital secrets? Either way, Americans should be able …

Egypt Lifts 3-Month-Old State Of Emergency

Following a court decision Tuesday, Egypt has lifted a three-month-old state of emergency that was implemented following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The court ordered the state of emergency lifted two days before the government intended to do so.<p>Egypt's <i>Al-Ahram</i> newspaper reports:<p>"The …

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John Kerry: world leaders have been understanding about NSA leaks

World leaders have been understanding about leaked revelations that the US spied on them as they know it was not all done under the orders of Barack Obama, the US secretary of state has said.<p>In an interview with the BBC, John Kerry said foreign governments understood the president did not …

Iran blames Western powers for nuclear talks failure

<b>Iran's foreign minister has blamed divisions between Western powers for the failure to agree a deal on its nuclear programme on Saturday.</b><p>Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that Iran had been unable to accept the deal "at that particular moment".<p>He said "no amount …

China's smog problem is reportedly impairing the country's surveillance networks

The dense clouds of smog that sometimes blanket cities in China have myriad ramifications: they close businesses and schools, force residents indoors for days at a time, and are a notorious health hazard. They're reportedly also, as the Chinese government is now acutely aware, a danger to national …

Shape-shifting: how to build an ‘illusion cloak’

Morphing into other people may still be within the realms of sci-fi and mythology, but the first prototypes of certain illusion cloaks are starting to appear.<p>We’ve dreamed of shape-shifting for centuries. In Greek mythology, the hunter Actaeon was transformed into a stag, while the god Proteus …

Greenhouse gases reached record levels in 2012, UN says

World Meteorological Organization says dramatic changes will 'shape the future of our planet'<p>Greenhouse gas levels reached a record high in 2012, according to a new report from the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, published Wednesday, finds that …

Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties of climate change

It isn’t all about polar bears — some surprising species are already feeling the heat<p>A lone polar bear picking its way through nubs of sea-ice. Or an island carpeted with thousands of walruses that can no longer find permafrost patches to rest on. They're the images most people associate with …

GMO labelling debate grows in the US

<b>Seattle, US</b> - Some people with the most at stake in the debate over labeling genetically modified food won't be able to vote on it either way.<p>Immigrant farm workers are hearing a lot about I-522, an initiative in Washington state that is the current epicentre of the genetically modified food …

Congo's defeated M23 rebels vow to disband and disarm

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Congo's<p>M23rebels, the latest in a succession of militias responsible for horrific attacks on civilians in the east of the country, effectively surrendered Tuesday when they announced that they were laying down their arms and disbanding.<p>The announcement comes after the …

Kerry urges Europe: don't let NSA surveillance concerns thwart trade talks

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, sought to salvage forthcoming trade negotiations with the European Union amid growing signs that the Obama administration will act to stem some of the criticism of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.<p>Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday after talks …

'Significant change' ahead for DOD

Chuck Hagel wants the Pentagon to face the music and dance. Problem is, the tune is a real bummer.<p>The defense secretary is calling for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise” in the face of plunging budgets and persistent Washington gridlock. And he says that after …