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India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength | Reuters

BANGALORE (Reuters) - India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms.<p>A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting inside a polling station …

Author Gabriel García Márquez dies

A day after the death of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez, readers -- from President Clinton to Lena Dunham -- praised the writer who put the magic in magical realism.<p>Garcia Marquez, the most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, died Thursday in Mexico City at the age …

Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions

Gulf foreign ministers have agreed to a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>At an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh on Thursday, the ministers agreed that the policies of GCC member states …

Trouble in paradise for Chile's Easter Island

<b>A few years ago, Chile's leading newspaper El Mercurio published a big article on the 10 biggest problems facing Easter Island, the remote Chilean outpost in the South Pacific.</b><p>They included dengue fever, the lack of a decent hospital, a steady accumulation of garbage, over-fishing, the arrival of …

South America

Ginsburg, Scalia discuss freedoms

They often seem to be polar opposites on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia sat down together at the National Press Club on Thursday to discuss the First Amendment, government surveillance and their own personal friendship.<p>Journalist and host …

Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

Mexico meeting concludes with call for greater collaboration and better mobilisation of resources to meet Busan targets<p>The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The …

In India, 150 Million People Will Be Voting For The First Time This Year

It’s Thursday afternoon at the Youth Ki Awaaz (Voice of the Youth) office in New Delhi, and around ten young undergraduates are in deep discussion, …

Report: One fifth of China's soil contaminated

<b>Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.</b><p>Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination.<p>The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and …

Pollution

Crews find suspected area of radiation leak

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.<p>Tammy Reynolds, the …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

Mont. gov proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern …

Hagel: U.S. May ‘Adjust’ Missile Defenses in Europe, As Tensions Rise

Amid rising ten­sions with Rus­sia, the U.S. de­fense chief said Wash­ing­ton and its al­lies may “ad­just” the tim­ing for field­ing an­ti­mis­sile …

Texas's Greg Abbott Welcomes the 'Bitcoin Community' to His Campaign

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor against Wendy Davis, has a new plan …

Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill | Reuters

(Reuters) - Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.<p>Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater …

Senior Democrat Nick Rahall Faces Tough Re-Election Fight

After 38 years in Congress, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) is facing his toughest race yet and could join a number of longtime members in leaving Congress …

Clinton Docs Offer Glimpse Into Failed Health Care Fight

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House reveal a candid assessment of the looming fight over the administration’s doomed health care plan, as advisers tried unsuccessfully to steer the sprawling legislation through Congress.<p>A series of 1993 memos and briefing notes shows how the …

Health Care

US airplane is spotted in Tehran - CNN Video

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Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine

One year after his election, President Maduro is losing his grip. But it’s not the opposition that’s growing stronger; it’s the cocaine-corrupted …

Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.<p>With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to …

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine ignore new Geneva pact aimed at easing tensions

Two days after an international pact was brokered with the stated goal of easing tensions in Ukraine, the major players met again in Kiev to hash out plans to push it along.<p>While there was little indication of what, if any, progress was made Saturday in defusing tensions, all sides agreed to allow …

Japan to build military site near disputed Senkaku islands

<b>Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China.</b><p>Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland.<p>The new base - on Yonaguni island - …

China

Meet 10 Millionaires Spending Big Bucks to Win Higher Office

Every elec­tion year brings a new class of wealthy polit­ic­al out­siders hop­ing to book a tick­et to Wash­ing­ton on their own dime. The spe­cial …

Government

Maduro's image cracks under protest pressure | US & Canada

<b>Caracas, Venezuela</b> <b>-</b> Antonio Guerrero works for Venezuela's state oil company. He is standing before a shrine dedicated to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas' 23 de enero barrio, a staunchly pro-government neighbourhood near the presidential palace.<p>The socialist leader's face is …

Who Are Boko Haram? Extremists Escalate Nigeria Terror Campaign

A recent bomb blast that ripped apart a bus station in Nigeria's capital was a sign that a bloody al Qaeda-linked insurgency is intensifying, analysts say.<p>Boko Haram, an Islamic sect whose name roughly translates to "Western education is a sin," is widely believed to be behind Monday's attack that …

Africa

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.<p>Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon …