Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vienna installs gay-themed traffic lights ahead of Eurovision 2015


http://ift.tt/1dZuopw Vienna has introduced gay-themed traffic lights in preparation for this month's Eurovision contest, aiming to present the city as open-minded. Supporters also say the changes could improve road safety, attracting the attention of drivers and pedestrians.
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Cuba, US to name ambassadors after May 29 - Raul Castro


http://ift.tt/1JFo40m Cuba and the US will exchange ambassadors after the island nation is removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, Cuban President Raul Castro has said.
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‘Kerry’s Russia visit shows US seeks to soothe relations’


http://ift.tt/1PETi9J Kerry’s trip to Sochi to meet FM Lavrov and President Putin demonstrates that the US is now aware that sanctions they imposed on Russia have failed and they are looking for a way out of the row, says Marcus Papadopoulos, editor of Politics First Magazine.
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Boris Johnson compares his £67k cabinet post to a zero-hours contract


http://ift.tt/1zWzVa8 Conservative MP and Mayor of London Boris Johnson sarcastically compared his new cabinet post in Westminster to a zero-hours contract, insisting the lucrative promotion will not detract from his mayoral duties.
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Washington state limits Stingray surveillance in unanimously approved ‘pro-privacy’ law


http://ift.tt/1zY78lP An anti-surveillance bill that brings unprecedented restrictions to cell phone tracking technology, not unlike that achieved through devices sold as “Stingrays,” has been signed into law in Washington state.
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Narrow miss: Kilometer-wide asteroid to brush close to Earth


http://ift.tt/1ExUOVH An asteroid up to 1.3 kilometers across will come very close to Earth on May 14, according to NASA’s Near Earth Object watch. While a space rock of this size could be devastating if it hits our planet, this one is expected to hurtle safely by.
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​Newly elected Tory hawks hint at backbench rebellion over defense cuts


http://ift.tt/1Iwe4te As pro-defense MP’s enter parliament and assume roles in David Cameron’s new administration, backbench Tories are already urging a sharp increase in military spending and voicing their opposition to defense cuts.
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US, China economies slow down, while eurozone rebounds - OECD


http://ift.tt/1J9Y0wo Economic growth in the US and China is expected to slow down while the eurozone is still on course for economic recovery this year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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German govt actively assisted NSA in mass surveillance - WikiLeaks


http://ift.tt/1HeYIci WikiLeaks has released new documents showing the German government and the country’s intelligence agency, the BND, were actively helping the NSA to spy on European citizens and companies. Berlin had previously denied these allegations.
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Tories ‘at war’ with BBC? Future of state broadcaster unclear under Conservatives


http://ift.tt/1RA5SLf Following the appointment of license-fee skeptic John Whittingdale to the cabinet on Monday, the UK’s right-wing press have sent out a flurry of front pages declaring the government is already ‘at war’ with the BBC.
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Ukrainian Parliament approves law allowing forced relocation of Russian citizens


http://ift.tt/1RA5V9V The Ukrainian Parliament has approved new regulations on martial law, which among other things allows for extrajudicial detention and relocation of Russian citizens in the country.
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‘Shocking’ rise in number of working age stroke victims, health charity warns


http://ift.tt/1RA5SL3 A growing number of middle aged men and women in the UK are suffering strokes due to unhealthy lifestyles, a charity has warned.
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China allocates $96mn for Sino-Russian Amur Rail Bridge


http://ift.tt/1J9Qeme The Heilongjiang branch of the Export-Import Bank of China has allocated over $96.5 million to construct the Chinese section of the Sino-Russian railway bridge. The first railway bridge over the Amur River should cut transportation times and boost trade.
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Britain’s first black Prime Minister? Chuka Umunna to run for Labour leadership


http://ift.tt/1H1mp2h Former Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has announced he is entering the race to become the next leader of the Labour Party, after Ed Miliband resigned last week following the party’s crushing election defeat.
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Sheriff asks for more time in 5.5-month-long Tamir Rice investigation


http://ift.tt/1H1mrqO Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said his department has not yet finished interviewing people in the November officer-involved shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, and asked for more time to complete the investigation.
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Billions on wars & only $29K to make Mars mission possible? - ‘Insane!’


http://ift.tt/1H1moLQ The US spends billions a week on invading countries and loosing wars but all it can offer for breakthrough ideas on protecting astronauts from possible space radiation on their way to Mars is $29,000, political cartoonist Ted Rall told RT.
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Potatoes for Kerry: Russian FM keeps up gift exchange traditions


http://ift.tt/1JF4qBG During talks in Sochi, the Russian foreign minister presented his US counterpart with a Victory Day t-shirt and baskets of potatoes and tomatoes. Looks like an answer to Kerry’s giving him Idaho potatoes in 2014.
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‘Broadest spying powers imaginable’: SNP MPs plan to block Tory Snoopers’ Charter


http://ift.tt/1JEZYTA Scottish Nationalists are hoping to use their newfound parliamentary leverage to block controversial Tory plans to introduce legislation that would see the further erosion of privacy rights across the UK.
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​Reviving Tony Blair’s New Labour ‘would go down like a bucket of vomit’ in Scotland – MSP


http://ift.tt/1JEXlkz Returning to New Labour policies would be deeply unpopular in Scotland, according to a former Scottish Labour leadership contender. He said Scottish Labour should break away from the UK party after its crushing defeat by the SNP.
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Iranian bank sues UK govt for £2.3bn damages incurred under nuclear sanctions


http://ift.tt/1cNL4js An Iranian bank is suing the British government for £2.3 billion ($4 billion) in damages after the Treasury imposed sanctions against the private business for alleged links to Iran’s nuclear program.
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US commander in Europe to visit Ukraine


http://ift.tt/1JEXmow A US military delegation headed by Army Commander in Europe, Lieutenant-General Frederick ‘Ben’ Hodges, prepares to visit training center in western Ukraine. Since April, US paratroopers have been training Ukraine’s National Guard.
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​Carlsberg net loss deepens 34%, hit by Russian beer market


http://ift.tt/1JEXlks Danish brewer Carlsberg reported an unexpected net loss of more than $13 million in the first quarter, saying the revenue from its key Russian market fell drastically due to unfavorable currency fluctuations.
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Britain's shift to the right must be countered by a united labor movement


http://ift.tt/1cNL3Mt As the dust begins to settle in the aftermath of the UK general election, the British people have many questions to ponder. The prospect of five more years of Tory rule under a conservative government holding albeit a small majority raises many concerns.
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​Berkeley to vote on 'right to know' law on cellphone radiation risks


http://ift.tt/1K4eoje The city council of Berkeley, California, will vote on a cellphone 'right to know' law on Tuesday, which would require phone retailers to include a notice informing customers of the recommended distance a phone should be kept away from the body.
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Macedonia unrest: ‘Warning to Skopje against new Turkish pipeline’


http://ift.tt/1cNL3w6 Macedonia has become important to the US as it could become the only way for Russia’s proposed Turkish Stream pipeline to reach Central Europe, which Washington does not want, political analyst Srdja Trifkovic told RT.
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