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Gaza ceasefire announced in Cairo

Israel and the Palestinians have bowed to US and international pressure to agree an end to eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip that have claimed almost 150 lives.

Slow pace of carbon cuts brings catastrophic climate change closer: UN

The world is straying further away from commitments to combat climate change, bringing the prospect of catastrophic global warming a step closer, a UN report said on Wednesday. The warning came as nearly 200 governments prepare to meet in Qatar for international climate negotiations starting next Monday.

Walmart suppliers confronted by union as stores hit by employee walkouts

An international trade union has asked ship operators handling goods inWalmart‘s global supply chain to raise concerns with the company about how it treats its US workforce.

Church of England bishops plot response to vote to exclude women

Bishops of the Church of England are holding an emergency meeting at the General Synod to decide how to respond to the failure of legislation that would have allowed women to join their ranks.

Unfazed By Defeat, GOP’s Anti-Obamacare Crusade Rages On

When House Speaker John Boehner declared Obamacare the “law of the land” two days after his party took a drubbing in the election, the real reveal came in what happened next: he walked it back in record speed and re-affirmed his commitment to getting rid of it.

United Nations Telecom Agency ‘Not Surprised’ By Google Campaign

Google has jumped headfirst into the debate surrounding an upcoming United Nations telecommunications summit, launching a campaign Tuesday to encourage Web users to sign a petition advocating for a “free and open Web,” while at the same time decrying the conference as a “closed-door meeting,” involving proposals from world governments to “increase censorship and regulate the Internet.”

OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation’s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.

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