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Terminally Ill Teen Raises £1.3m in ‘Bucket List’ Fundraiser

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A terminally ill 19-year-old has raised £1.3m ($2.2m) for the Teenage Cancer Trust after his request for funds went viral online. Stephen Sutton, from Staffordshire in England’s West Midlands, is terminally ill with colorectal cancer. He hit his original target of £1m just after 11am on Wednesday using his JustGiving page. Funds have kept pouring…

‘420’ Revelers Leave Golden Gate Park with 10,000 Pounds of Garbage

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The mellow, “peace now,” countercultural, environmentally conscious “420” celebration deposited 10,000 pounds of garbage on what is known as Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving volunteers and park workers to clean up the mess. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SF Gate, this year’s celebration drew a massive amount of revelers estimated at…

Portugal poised to exit bailout program, austerity battle scars remain

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By RT Berlin and Brussels are already hailing Portugal’s “clean exit” from its bailout by the EU, the International Monetary Fund, and the ECB, and have started their last quarterly evaluation review. Tough austerity cuts have decreased living standards, cut pensions, and decreased wages over the past 3 years. After Ireland and Spain Portugal will…

Coup no more? US clears Egypt to receive Apache helicopters

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By RT Delivery of the choppers is intended to aid in counterterrorism operations, the Pentagon said in a statement Wednesday, but comes only months after the US first suspended military aid to Egypt after the country’s interim government began harshly cracking down on dissidents and protesters. “We believe these new helicopters will help the Egyptian…

Obama Warns China: Treaty with Japan Covers Disputed Senkaku Islands

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President Barack Obama said in no unclear terms yesterday that a China’s attempt to repatriate the Japanese Senkaku Islands would trigger a military dispute between China and the United States. Speaking to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, President Obama reiterated that the Senkaku Islands are covered by treaty. “The policy of the United States is clear—the…

Lavrov: If Russia is Attacked, We Would Certainly Respond

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The Geneva agreement between the US, European Union, Russia, and Ukraine apparently did nothing to alleviate tensions. Russia told Ukraine they will use military force if they are attacked. “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond,” Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said in an interview with the Kremlin’s satellite news network, Russia…