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Poll: Colbert The Most Popular Choice To Replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert is the most popular choice among South Carolina voters to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (R), according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. DeMint is leaving the Senate to lead the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation in January.

Yellowstone’s popular alpha female wolf shot dead by hunters outside park

A wolf beloved by visitors and tracked by scientists at Yellowstone national park has been shot dead by hunters, reigniting debate over the targeting of the animal.

Egypt army given arrest powers before referendum

There has been growing concern in Cairo about a decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi that gives Egypt‘s armed forces powers of arrest and detainment during Saturday’s constitutional referendum vote.

EU receives Nobel peace prize

The European Union‘s three presidents have collected the Nobel peace prize in Oslo in recognition of six decades of work promoting “peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights”.

Boy Scouts of America: Merck pulls funding in protest at gay ban

The drugs giant Merck has suspended its funding for the Boy Scouts of America, citing its discrimination against gay people.

Japan falls into recession

Japan – the world’s third largest economy – has fallen into recession, hit by sluggish exports to China.

Revised official data on Monday morning showed that the Japanese economy shrank very slightly in the second quarter of 2012, by 0.03%, before contracting by 0.9% between July and September. Analysts expect the country to stay in recession in the final quarter of the year, ratcheting up the pressure on the government to take steps to boost the economy in the runup to the general election on 16 December.

Philippine typhoon missing soars to 900

Nearly 900 people are now missing after a typhoon devastated parts of the southern Philippines, as families and fishing companies report they have lost contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea, officials said on Sunday.

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