Christopher Van Os

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Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress.<p>All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs …

Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial must be stopped, Kenya tells UN

Kenya's government has launched an international lobbying campaign to have charges accusing its new president of crimes against humanity dropped.<p>The International Criminal Court cases against Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are flawed, threaten regional security and violate Kenyans' …

Karzai says US could have nine Afghan bases

<b>The Afghan government could allow the US to keep nine bases in the country after most Nato forces withdraw next year, President Hamid Karzai has said.</b><p>But Mr Karzai added that he had demanded security and economic guarantees from the US in return.<p>The US would not confirm "specifics" but said it did …

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US traffic deaths rise for first time since 2005 -- motorcycle rate a big contributor

For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of traffic deaths went up and a shift away from motorcycle helmet laws may be to blame, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and helmet advocacy groups.<p>An improving economy, which leads to more discretionary …

Nigeria's war with Boko Haram gets a new ground zero

The road to Baga is littered with burned-out cars, winding through terrain that has proved fertile ground for radical ideologies to take root. On the …