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Regrettable and irresponsible

The manner in which leaders of the principal political parties have traded allegations in the last few days over the tragedy of the Muzaffarnagar …

Wide-ranging implications

A settlement arrived at by JPMorgan Chase, one of the world’s largest banks, with state and federal authorities in the U.S. over its role in selling …

The spying game

The revelations last week, based on classified National Security Agency documents, that the United States spied on 35 heads of state have left the …

Surveillance

How to pack like the pros

Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.<p>Pauline Frommer<p><i>Publisher of Frommers.com and</i> …

Germany 'should offer Edward Snowden asylum after NSA revelations'

An increasing number of public figures are calling for Edward Snowden to be offered asylum in Germany, with more than 50 asking Berlin to step up it support of the US whistleblower in the new edition of Der Spiegel magazine<p>Heiner Geissler, the former general secretary of Angela Merkel's Christian …

Israel to build wall along Jordanian border

Israeli government has decided to build a security fence on the the border with Jordan, a report said, angering Palestinians ahead of talks with US Secretary of State.<p>The report published on Sunday by Israeli newspaper <i>Maariv</i> said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have the construction started …

Top US climate scientists support development of safe nuclear power

Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they're asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.<p>Four scientists who have played a key role in …

Associated Press News

Obama signs order to create climate change task force, may give fed overreaching authority

Through the stroke of the pen, President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to elevate and take control of climate change policies in an attempt to streamline sustainability initiatives – and potentially skirt legislative oversight and push a federal agenda on states.<p>The executive order …

Round House Design Offers a Unique Architectural Experience

This beautiful <i>Round House</i> is a unique home design concept where soft curves replace the dusty corners of a typical four-sided home. Developed by L.A.-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the completely open interior space is enclosed by floor to ceiling windows, allowing light to radiate …