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Syria Hands Over Last Of Declared Chemical Weapons, Monitor Says

BEIRUT (MCT) — The last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material was loaded onto a Danish vessel Monday for future destruction, marking a “major landmark” in the effort to do away with the nation’s toxic arsenal, an international oversight agency said. The action would appear to signal an end the most difficult and controversial stage […]

Sudan Frees Christian Woman Sentenced To Death For Apostasy

JOHANNESBURG (MCT) — A Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death last month for apostasy was released Monday after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum’s appeal court, according to her lawyer. The appeal court Monday ordered Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s release after hearing her appeal, according to Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA. Her lawyer, Mohamed Mustafa […]

Lab Mice Get Addicted To Sun Exposure

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found mice that were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed to UV light. They also experienced […]

UC Davis Study Links Autism To Pesticides

FRESNO, Calif. (MCT) — A new study released Monday suggests that pregnant women who live near agricultural fields where pesticides are sprayed are at increased risk of having a child with autism. The study by the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute found mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a […]

Obama Asks Putin To Support ‘Peace And Stability’ In Ukraine

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence to promote greater peace and stability in eastern Ukraine and to make an effort to work with a new Ukrainian government that Obama said is “willing to go the extra mile.” In a Monday telephone call, Obama told Putin that […]

Kerry In Iraq To Push For A New Government As Militants Gain Ground

BAGHDAD (MCT) — As insurgents grabbed another key town from Iraqi forces, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday to push for the speedy formation of a new government that could pull the country back from the brink of sectarian war. Kerry met with Prime Minister Nouri […]

Memo Justifying Drone Killing Of American Al-Qaida Leader Is Released

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A previously secret Justice Department memo, released by a Federal appeals court Monday, justified the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, on the grounds that as a leader of an al-Qaida affiliate, he was actively “engaged in hostilities against […]

VA Fails To Acknowledge ‘Severity Of Problems,’ New Report Says

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In another damning report on the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Monday assailed the VA for what investigators said was its unwillingness to acknowledge the “severity of systemic problems” that have put patients at risk. The special counsel, Carolyn N. Lerner, reported in a letter to […]

Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority On Power Plants

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court, in a split ruling, has blocked the Barack Obama Administration from requiring special permits for some new power plants, but upheld them for others. In a dense 5-4 decision Monday, the justices said the Environmental Protection Agency had wrongly stretched an anti-pollution provision of the Clean Air Act to […]

Obama Marks World Refugee Day And Growing Numbers Of Displaced

(MCT) — As his Administration works to deal with the growing number of immigrants from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border to seek safety, President Barack Obama on Friday commemorated World Refugee Day by praising those who flee persecution and the countries that help them. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N.’s […]

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