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S.Sudan crisis 'deteriorates' after six months of war

Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which has been devastated by six months of conflict. War in the young nation has already killed thousands and forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, and aid agencies warn of the risk of famine should fighting continue. "The conflict has taken thousands of lives and destroyed the livelihoods of millions," Oxfam’s South Sudan chief Emma Jane Drew said Sunday. "The people of South Sudan have been exposed to a triple crisis -- conflict, hunger and disease -- and with the rains now in full swing, the situation only stands to deteriorate."


Australian minister to meet ambassadors over East Jerusalem row

Australia's foreign minister will meet ambassadors angered by the country's decision to stop referring to East Jerusalem as "occupied", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday as he stressed there was "no change in policy". Australia has been warned of possible Arab trade sanctions after last week's move, which Attorney-General George Brandis said was made because the term "occupied" carried pejorative implications and was neither appropriate or useful. But the decision has sparked fury in the Arab world, and on Thursday 18 diplomats from countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia protested to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra. Israel seized East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised by the international community.


Ships move into Gulf as US lays out goals for Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.


Three Massachusetts Democrats to compete in gubernatorial primary

By Jim Finkle Boston (Reuters) - Massachusetts Democrats nominated state Attorney General Martha Coakley, state Treasurer Steven Grossman and former U.S. health care official Donald Berwick to run against each other in the state's September primary for the governor's race. The winner will run against a Republican in November to succeed Democrat Deval Patrick, who is stepping down after two terms running the liberal-leaning state. Coakley, who lost a 2010 U.S. Senate race to Republican Scott Brown in a major upset, holds a 49 percent to 14 percent lead over Grossman in a Boston Globe poll of state voters conducted in early June.


This Drink Helped Maya Angelou Write

She usually had a glass at eleven a.m., and—along with a Bible and Roget’s Thesaurus—sherry was a vital writing accessory of Maya Angelou’s. What makes it so good, and where should the sherry virgin begin?


4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.


States with wells at higher risk of pollution

Four in 10 oil and gas wells drilled between fiscal years 2009 and 2012 escaped federal inspection even though they are near national forests, fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks. Here are the states with wells on federal or Indian lands that were deemed "higher priority" for drilling inspection by the Bureau of Land Management, and the number that were not checked:


My Search for the Taliban Five

Here in Doha, Qatar, everybody knows the Taliban commanders released from Guantanamo are in town, but nobody knows where. I spent an afternoon hunting for their new luxury digs.


Do Hands-On Dads Raise Healthier Kids?

A new survey of the scientific literature gets at the question of how involved a dad should be in order for his offspring to survive and thrive.


Everybody’s Pal, One Boy’s Father

I sat next to Dad on his bed and looked out the window at the orange light bouncing off the New York skyline. The view reminded us of how far we were from where we wanted to be.


The Week in Viral Videos

From a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Baby Got Back’ performance to a World Cup-loving puppy, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.


The Moon’s Been Lying About Its Age

New research shows Earth and the Moon are older than we thought—to the tune of 60 million years. But is it really all that much?


How the World’s No. 1 Dad Does It

Dodge a concussion, smile at Meatloaf Surprise, and of course open your wallet. What are fathers supposed to do for Father’s Day anyway?


Hillary Should Go Into The Lion’s Den

Speaking to a religious-right group wouldn’t win Hillary Clinton one vote, but it would be her smartest play—and here’s what she should say.


My Father’s Day Faith Crisis

After Vivian died, I could no longer say what God meant to me. Instead, I had to learn to live with questions that defy answer.


The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners

Hot dogs are one food item that inspires fierce loyalty, and in New Jersey that passion is for the Newark dog, born at local favorite, Jimmy Buff’s.


New world economic order a goal at G77+China summit

Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday opened a Group of 77 plus China summit in Bolivia, with developing countries calling for a more fair new world economic order. Dignitaries at the event include the presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba and host nation Bolivia. China, which is not a G77 member, is participating in the summit, partly in a nod to its expanding trade ties in Latin America, although President Xi Jinping will not attend. Leaders at the summit are pressing a "fight for fair and sustainable economic growth, and for a new world economic order," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.


Manning says US public lied to about Iraq from the start

The detained US soldier convicted of leaking a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks made a rare foray into public life Saturday to warn Americans they were being lied to about Iraq once more. Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence on espionage charges and other offenses for passing along 700,000 secret documents, including diplomatic cables and military intelligence files, to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in the largest-scale leak in US history. However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved," the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning wrote in a New York Times editorial. "As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan."


Pentagon identifies soldier killed in airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is releasing the name of the fifth American soldier who died last Monday in what's been described as a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan.

Obama intervenes in Philadelphia rail strike

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday forced union workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job, granting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute.


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