Lars Martin Johans

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Turning Weapons Into High-End Watches

Here's a gift idea that's hard to top: a $195,000 watch, made partly from recycled components of assault rifles seized in Africa. Not only is it an attention-getting item, but it's also a chance to do good. Each purchase funds the destruction of 1,000 weapons in central Africa.<p>The man behind the …

Mexico: Violent protests hit Acapulco's tourism

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president has tried to keep the issue of violence issue separate from his focus on the economy, but the two are …

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms.<p>But just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery.<p>Now, a study published in the journal <i>Environmental Research Letters</i> has an answer: Somewhere around …

India wins U.S. support for food scheme, ends W.T.O. blockade

India won U.S. support for a massive domestic food stockpiling scheme on Thursday, rescuing the biggest global trade deal in two decades and giving …

Asian shares weaken ahead of Chinese data

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock prices held firm on Thursday after the Dow and Standard & Poor’s 500 reached record intraday highs, while crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in four years on further signs of a slowdown in China’s economy.<p>A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, …

Progressives Lost the Election, but Their Ideas Are Winning

Cheer up, liberals.<p>Progressives, these days, are a gloomy bunch, and it's not just because of the outcomes of last week's election. As they see it, there's much to be gloomy about: Poverty levels are stuck, they say, with little improvements made in recent decades. What's more, according to the …

Top White House Adviser: "We Believe In The Process" On Keystone

The White House has a "dim view" of the proposals to vote on the Keystone Pipeline this week, and emphasized the continuation of the current State Department process for the issue.<p>"The administration has taken a dim view of these kinds of legislative proposals in the past," White House press …

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Progressives’ overlooked winning formula: How Democrats can rebound in 2016

<b>Minnesota Senator Al Franken</b><p>The post-election consensus is that the party is missing a broad economic message. It need only look to the left<p>Richard Kirsch<p>November 13, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>The big post-election consensus is that Democrats believe, as <i>The</i> <i>New York</i> …

The 30 Least Prosperous Countries In The World

According to Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for many of the least prosperous nations of the world. The rest come from countries rocked by revolution and/or war.<p>The annual index measures 142 countries based on 89 different economic analysis variables that measure …

Rand Paul meets with advisers on 2016

Sen. Rand Paul made clear to his team of political advisers Wednesday that he'll run for re-election to the Senate in 2016 and reiterated that he won't make a decision on a presidential run until next spring, according to a spokesman.<p>His strategists met behind closed doors at a Washington hotel …

John Boehner's next challenge

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Nearly four years into his speakership, John Boehner is stronger than ever.<p>Boehner will be elected to his third term as speaker on Thursday, a few days before his 66th birthday. He's already facing post-election grumbling from conservatives, but his position is remarkably secure …

On the other side of the world, Obama determined as ever to bypass Congress

<b>(CNN) —</b> For President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress, distance does not make the heart grow fonder.<p>With the president escaping to Asia for a critical foreign trip after last week's bruising losses for his party, White House officials are signaling Obama will take a hard-nosed approach …