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No thank you, the Parsis can save themselves
'Be responsible, don't use a condom tonight' goes an advertising campaign that is an insult to the intelligence of a community that is by no means ignorant or illiterate, argues Sherna Gandhy.

Dummies??ang dami nila,? but why?
Christmas is in the air, and people have been asking for more information about the Christ title. Where did it originate, and how long ago?

Strauss: Why a story about a school calendar went viral
Does it really matter much if religious holidays are mentioned on school calendars?



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Ukraine reports new arrivals of Russian supplies for eastern rebels

A woman touches a portrait of her husband in Kiev, on a banner with portraits of Ukrainian servicemen killed in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern UkraineKIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine leveled fresh charges on Tuesday that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory on Monday. The latest accusations come amid a standstill in diplomatic efforts to end the six-month conflict in the east in which the United Nations says more than 4,300 people have been killed. Separately, the Kiev military said one soldier was killed and five others injured in the past 24 hours as a fragile ceasefire declared on Sept. 5 continued to come under pressure. ...




Colombia's FARC free two soldiers in step to restart peace talks

Handout photo shows Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaking during a national address in BogotaBy Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels freed two captured soldiers on Tuesday, the first step toward resuming stalled peace talks which the government suspended after the insurgent group took five hostages, including an army general. The halt in the two-year-old negotiations in Havana threatened to derail efforts to end five decades of war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has killed more than 200,000 people since 1964. ...




Street clashes break out as Hong Kong clears part of protest zone

Pro-democracy protesters clash with riot police at Mongkok shopping district in Hong KongBy Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong riot police arrested 80 pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday in running clashes after several thousand demonstrators erected street barricades following clearance of part of a protest hotspot. Several thousand police were deployed after a court ordered the reopening of a blocked street in the working-class district of Mong Kok, scene of some of the most violent confrontations in the two-month long "Occupy Central" civil disobedience campaign. ...




Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters celebrate after taking control of Saadiya from Islamist State militantsBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the center of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country's largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army officer and residents said. The renewed fighting in Baiji by the Islamist militants, who control thousands of square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria, appeared aimed at reimposing that stranglehold around the sprawling oil facility 2 miles (4 km) to the north. ...




 Entertainment


'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy
NEW YORK (AP) ? "Mad Men" creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner is being honored with the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 24, 2014:

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 24, 2014:

Nobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction

This image provided by Christie's auction house shows the 1962 Nobel Prize medal James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. The medal is going on the auction block Dec. 4, 2014 at Christie's. (AP Photo/Christie's)NEW YORK (AP) ? The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block.






 Business


U.S. economy resilient in Q3 as global growth cools

A bucket is lifted by scaffolding workers at the Washington Monument at sunrise in WashingtonBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy grew at a much faster pace than initially thought in the third quarter, pointing to strengthening fundamentals that should help it weather slowing global demand. The Commerce Department on Tuesday raised its estimate of GDP growth to a 3.9 percent annual pace from the 3.5 percent rate reported last month, reflecting upward revisions to business and consumer spending, as well as to inventories. The rise in output followed a 4. ...




Wall Street ticks up after strong GDP report

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 hit a record high on Tuesday as the U.S. economy rose more than expected last quarter but soft readings on consumer confidence and house prices kept major indexes in a tight range near the unchanged level.




U.S. consumer confidence falls in November to lowest since June

A woman uses her smartphone as she waits in line to checkout at a Target store on the shopping day dubbed "Black Friday" in Torrington(Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence fell in November to its lowest level since June as optimism waned in the short-term outlook for business conditions and jobs, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.




Oil futures fall as Venezuela says no output cut from Tues meeting

A technician opens a pressure gas valve inside ONGC group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad(Reuters) - Crude oil futures extended their losses on Tuesday after Venezuela said officials at a meeting with Saudi Arabia's oil minister did not agree on any output cut.




 CBC Technology & Science


Neonicotinoid pesticide use to be reduced by 80% in Ontario
Wild Bees

The Ontario government has moved to limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides amid growing evidence that the substances are responsible for drastic reductions in bee populations in the province.



Sony Pictures computer system down after reported hack
Japan Earns Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system was down for a second day on Tuesday, following media reports of a major hacking attack aimed at the film and television studio.



Canada Revenue Agency privacy breach leaks prominent Canadians' tax details
Margaret Atwood, Jean Chrétien

Detailed tax information about the private lives of hundreds of Canadians ? many of them rich and famous ? was sent to CBC News by Canada's tax agency in an apparent major privacy breach.



Social media terms of service may be trumped by Canadian law
Facebook Privacy Policy

Canadian privacy law may protect social media users who don't read a site's terms of use policies and unknowingly or unwittingly agree to have their information shared with other sites.



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