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March 2016 Smashes Another Monthly Global Warmth Record

Global warmingEarth's global temperatures in March 2016 set another monthly record, continuing an almost year-long streak of records shattered, according to three recent independent analyes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) calculated the global mean March 2016 temperature was 0.62 degrees Celsius (about 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above the March 30-year average from 1981-2010.

A second analysis released Friday from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies also concluded March anomalies were the highest in their period of record dating to 1880, a whopping 1.28 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average period.

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Muslim UC Berkeley student says he was kicked off Southwest flight for speaking Arabic

Student kicked off flight for speaking ArabicOn April 6, UC Berkeley senior Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was supposed to fly from Los Angeles to Oakland, get to campus and go to class. Instead, Makhzoomi was removed from Southwest Airlines flight 4260, detained by security officers, questioned by the FBI and refused service from Southwest after speaking Arabic before his flight took off.

Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Iraqi refugee, left Iraq in 2002 after his father, an Iraqi diplomat, was killed under Saddam Hussein’s regime. His family fled to Jordan, where they lived until the United States granted his family asylum. Today, Makhzoomi helps his mother care for his younger brother, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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Palestinians take to streets to mark Prisoners Day

Prosoner Day on the West BankThousands of Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday to mark Prisoners Day, to shed light on the plight of 7,000 compatriots who are incarcerated by Israel.

Prisoners Day has been commemorated annually since 1974, when the first Palestinian detainee - Mahmoud Hijazi - was released in a swap deal with Israel.

In the centre of the West Bank city of Ramallah, families gathered raising Palestinian flags and holding framed pictures and posters of their incarcerated loved ones: Faheem al-Khateeb, who has been in prison since 2015, Adeeb Mafarjeh, currently on hunger strike, and Marwan al-Barghouti, the Fatah leader and parliamentarian, who some refer to as the "Palestinian Mandela".

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Hundreds killed in powerful Ecuador earthquake

Ecuador earthquakeThe death toll from Ecuador's biggest earthquake in decades has risen to at least 235 as rescue teams raced to find survivors in shattered coastal towns.

The powerful 7.8-magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the country, flattening buildings and buckling roads in several western towns.

Officials had previously put the toll at 77 dead and nearly 600 injured.

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Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows

Snowden on police pursuing journalists' dataEdward Snowden has condemned Australian law enforcement for collecting the communications records of a Guardian journalist without a warrant.

The world’s most prominent whistleblower, who disclosed dragnet surveillance unprecedented in its scale by the National Security Agency and its allies, singled out for critique the Australian government’s contention that it broke no laws in its leak investigation of Paul Farrell, a Guardian reporter who in 2014 exposed the inner workings of Australia’s maritime interception of asylum seekers.

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Philippines candidate Duterte condemned over rape comments

DuterteA video of leading Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joking about a murdered Australian rape victim has provoked a storm of protest.

The footage shows Mr Duterte and his supporters making light of the assault by prison inmates in 1989 when he was town mayor.

He said the female missionary was so beautiful that "the mayor should have been first".

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US Election 2016: Ted Cruz wins delegates in Wyoming

Cruz sweeps delegates in WyomingUS Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has won all 14 delegates in contention at a state party convention in Wyoming.
The delegates were chosen by party members rather than ordinary voters.

Donald Trump - who did not actively campaign in the state - remains the Republican front-runner overall.

However, the billionaire could fall short of the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination for the November presidential election.

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Pentagon: 22 percent of military bases will be excess by 2019

Pentagon to close basesA Pentagon report to Congress found 22 percent of U.S. military bases and facilities will be considered excess by 2019.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said lawmakers should consider a new round of controversial Base Realignment and Closures or BRACs.

"As Department of Defense leadership has repeatedly testified, spending resources on excess infrastructure does not make sense," Work said. "Therefore, we urge Congress to provide the Department authorization for another round of BRAC."

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Third in series of quakes strikes southern Japan, rescue efforts hampered

Third earthquake hits JapanTroops have been deployed to southern Japan after three powerful tremors rocked the region in as many days, leaving a total of an estimated 32 dead.

A major tremor rocked southern Japan on early Saturday in the same region where a quake hit late Thursday, leaving up to 10 dead, according to some reports. Seismologists now believe Thursday's quake, magnitude-6.5, was a "foreshock" leading up to the first of Saturday's two tremors, which had a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale. That quake struck overnight. Hours later, a third tremor measuring 5.3 struck, which seismologists consider an aftershock.

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