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North Korea: UN human rights inquiry 'moved to tears'

<b>The chief of a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea says he was "moved to tears" by testimonies of "gross human rights violations".</b><p>Michael Kirby, a retired judge, said the inquiry had "copious evidence" of rights abuses in North Korea.<p>During the inquiry's hearings, eyewitnesses …

US spy leaks: How intelligence is gathered

<b>Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest the US government has undertaken mass surveillance operations across the globe - including eavesdropping on US allies.</b><p>The claims have led US Senate's intelligence committee to pledge to review the way the country's biggest intelligence …

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Japan accuses China of jeopardising peace

Japan's defence minister says China's intrusions in East China Sea islands could lead to "emergency situation".<p>Beijing's behaviour in its row with Tokyo over disputed islands in the East China Sea is jeopardising peace, Japan's defence minister said.<p>"I believe the intrusions by China in the …

US politicians want to resume Egypt aid

A group of US politicians have urged the White House to lift its suspension of military aid to Egypt, saying that freezing funds and weapons deliveries could unravel decades of co-operation with a key regional ally.<p>Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking member of the House foreign …

London's role in growing market for Islamic finance

<b>The World Islamic Financial Forum is in London and the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has taken the opportunity to announce some initiatives to raise the financial district the City of London's profile in this growing business.</b><p>The government has been keen to promote London and attract a wide range …

Turkey's Bosphorus sub-sea tunnel links Europe and Asia

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023697_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534690184_f8cbc4812019d9751af9330e7860f39b<p><b>A railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait has been opened in Turkey, creating a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul.</b><p>The …

Ontario drives manufacturers away with overpriced electricity

The laws of economics suggest that when supply goes up, prices fall.<p>Not so in Ontario's increasingly twisted electricity market.<p>Here, heavily discounted surplus power is routinely sold to neighbouring utilities in Quebec and various U.S. states, while customers at home face a steady diet of higher …

What Canada committed against First Nations was genocide. The UN should recognize it

On Monday, Oct. 14, we have the unique and historic opportunity to meet with Professor James Anaya, the Special United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous People. It is our conviction that Canada's history with First Nations people was not just dark and brutal, but in fact constituted a "genocide" as …

Study urges S Korea to reduce nuclear power

South Korea should reduce its reliance on nuclear power because of public discontent with corruption in the industry and Japan's struggles with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, a new study has said.<p>The energy ministry published the findings of a study group of 60 representatives from …

Husky, Newfoundland announce new offshore oil platform

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale has announced plans with Husky Energy Inc. to build a new offshore oil platform for the West White Rose Extension.<p>Dunderdale says a new wellhead platform supported by a concrete gravity structure will be built in Argentia.<p>The structure is to be …

True&Co Raises Another $4 Million To Help You Find The Perfect Bra

E-commerce company True&Co launched last year to apply a bit of personalization and technology to aid women in their searches for new bras. The company just raised a little bit more funding to invest more in its algorithm for matching customers with bras that not only fit well but also look …

Clashes erupt at Brazil teachers' protest

Demonstration calling for overhaul of education system in Rio de Janeiro turns violent.<p>Clashes have broken out in Rio de Janeiro as striking teachers and their supporters took to the streets to protest against salary levels and a police crackdown on earlier demonstrations.<p>Organisers rallied …

Shutdown hurts America's ability to protect from threats, spy chief says as Obama summons Congressional leaders

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that the government shutdown is seriously damaging the intelligence community’s ability to …

Can Good Design Help You Get Laid?

And if not, what can? Leveraging the power of design, a new site is here to help people rub their parts together.<p>Good design can reveal the beauty of a chair, or send a rocket ship into interstellar space. It can distill form, function, and meaning down to its essence; bridge insurmountable social …

Obama rejects GOP offer to ease shutdown

President dismisses "piecemeal" plan offered by Republicans to restore funding to certain government programmes.<p>The White House rejected a Republican plan to reopen portions of the US government on Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and threw …

US and S Korea sign nuclear deterrence pact

New strategic pact provides "tailored" deterrence against Pyongyang's possible use of nuclear arms amid growing threats.<p>The United States and South Korea have signed a new strategic pact that provides a "tailored" deterrence against North Korea's possible use of nuclear arms and other weapons of …

Men’s Self-Esteem Drops When Their Female Partners Succeed

Men who were told their romantic partners had scored in the bottom 12% on a test felt better about themselves, unconsciously, than those whose partners were said to have scored in the top 12% (<b>0.47 versus 0.25</b> on a zero-to-0.7 “implicit self-esteem” scale), according to Kate A. Ratliff of the …

Russian court jails more Greenpeace activists

Group of eight activists ordered held for two months, joining 22 others jailed after protest at offshore oil platform.<p>A court in the northern Russian city of Murmansk has sent eight more Greenpeace activists to jail for two months, bringing to 30 the number of people jailed for environmental …

Barrick to push ahead with controversial mine as Chilean court upholds freeze

Barrick Gold Corp. says it intends to proceed with its controversial Pascua-Lama gold mine in South America after Chile's highest court issued a ruling that requires the company to complete a water-management system that must first meet the approval of the country's environment ministry.<p>The ruling …

‘I don’t think anywhere outside is safe any more,’ Canadian victim in Nairobi says

Whispering nervously in a hospital room, Dheeman Abdi, 16, explains why she is too frightened to venture outside onto the streets.<p>"There are too many people," she says in an almost inaudible voice. "You don't know who's who any more. I don't think anywhere outside is safe any more."<p>For her sister, …

Gold eaters: Indians and Sri Lankan held

<b>Seven people have been arrested at Sri Lanka's main international airport after security checks showed they had swallowed pieces of gold.</b><p>It is believed they were attempting to smuggle the precious metal into India and avoid import duties.<p>The men - one Sri Lankan and six Indians - were about to …

Have Canada’s economists lost interest in Canada’s economy?

Economists study how markets, consumers and businesses behave, but they rarely turn the focus inward to study their own behaviour. We did. And our research reveals that economists at Canadian universities are collectively losing interest in the country's economy and its economic policy issues.<p>The …

Baby boomers rediscover marijuana

When Cheryl MacLellan opened Hemp Country, a medical marijuana dispensary and shop for other pot-related goods in downtown Woodstock, Ont., about seven years ago, it attracted a young set.<p>Gradually, though, young adults were replaced by middle-aged patrons and, eventually, retirees. They entered …

Can we slash poverty and starvation by 2015? Yes, if we get to work

If global development targets followed a National Football League format, we would be approaching the two-minute warning. December 31, 2015, marks the final deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, the global anti-poverty targets that have mobilized an unprecedented generational success in …

Russia grills Greenpeace activists

Thirty activists of Greenpeace who attempted to climb onto an Arctic offshore drilling platform last week have been interrogated for several hours before being taken to a detention facility.<p>Russia's main federal investigative agency said it would prosecute the activists on piracy charges for trying …