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EU outlines 2030 climate goals

<b>The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030.</b><p>The Commissioners want a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels.<p>Renewables will need to provide 27% of EU energy by 2030, but while the target will be binding at EU level there will be …

Obama's healthcare law takes full effect this week

WASHINGTON — Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering healthcare coverage to millions nationwide.<p>Administration …

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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.<p>Yet despite their …

Republicans appear to hold edge in Senate races, as party fortunes ebb and flow

Republicans appear to hold a slight edge in the battle next year to control the Senate. But the wild swings in the political fortunes for both parties in the closing months of 2013 made clear the situation could drastically change.<p>“The playing field is currently tilted toward Republicans,” Jennifer …

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

<b>Listen · 6:29</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families — some poor, some middle class, some rich — during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound …

IMF says Cyprus support for Troika austerity 'sputtering' as slump drags on

A continuing dispute between the Cypriot government and the central bank is sapping confidence, the IMF has warned<p>Cyprus faces a decade of near slump conditions and debt deleveraging with no guarantee of success at the end as it tries to claw back competitiveness within Europe's monetary union, the …

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Ukrainians continue to protest EU snub

Ukrainians have planned another demonstration in the capital to condemn President Yanukovich's decision to eschew integration with the European Union in favour of financial aid from Russia.<p>Protesters have occupied Kiev's Independence Square for a month, unhappy with the president's pivot to Moscow, …

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Thousands rally against racism in Sweden

Thousands of Swedes demonstrating against racism and nazism have gathered in a Stockholm suburb, a week after a smaller rally in the same district was attacked by neo-Nazis.<p>Crowds marched on Sunday towards a sports field in Karrtorp, in the south of the capital, where music performances and …

Ukraine Protests: Opposition Urges Supporters To Stay Through Christmas And New Year

By Olzhas Auyezov and Jack Stubbs<p>KIEV, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leaders urged supporters at a rally on Sunday to stay on Kiev's main square through New Year and Christmas, as street protests appeared to be losing momentum.<p>About 100,000 people gathered at Kiev's Independence Square to …

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Small-acre crops and the farm bill

It’s as old as ancient Egypt, as modern as gluten-free diets. It will never be as pretty as corn, but pheasants on the Great Plains love it for habitat. And in an age of climate change, it’s the grain that endures through drought and heat.<p>Welcome to the world of sorghum: the red-headed stepchild at …

Appeals court won't immediately halt same-sex marriage in Utah

Same-sex marriage will survive in Utah for at least another day.<p>A federal appeals court denied Utah officials' request Sunday to immediately halt same-sex marriages in the state, which began after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah's ban.<p>Shelby's decision Friday stunned …

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