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Sandy Hook survivors to return to class in new, refurbished school

The children who escaped last month’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school will be returning to classes in a neighbouring town in a refurbished school renamed after their old one.

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV in bid to expand in US

Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network that has struggled to win space on US cable television, has acquired Current TV, the channel co-founded by former US vice-president Al Gore.

Hong King sees protests both for and against leader Leung Chun-Ying

Some see a wolf. Some see a liar. Some see a true-to-form Communist Party official taking aim at Hong Kong‘s political autonomy.

Others see the territory’s highest official, Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying, as a potential antidote to some of its most pressing issues: a widening wealth gap, lagging economic growth, and property prices so high that whole families are crammed into apartments the size of walk-in closets.

Argentina’s president urges Falklands talks with Britain

(Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez called for talks with Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands in an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron published in British newspapers on Thursday.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Linked To Increase in Homicides

If a stranger attacks you inside your own home, the law has always permitted you to defend yourself. On the other hand, if an altercation breaks out in public, the law requires you to try to retreat. At least, that’s what it used to do

Christie: Boehner, GOP’s ‘Toxic Internal Politics’ To Blame For Sandy Relief Failure

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday blamed the “toxic internal politics” of House Republicans for failing to allow a vote on legislation that would have provided assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy before adjourning last night.

Milky Way Contains At Least 100 Billion Planets, New Analysis Finds

The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists at theCalifornia Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California (Caltech).

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