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Turkey university cancels panel on gays; ‘immoral’ by Hezbollah

April 21, 2014

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A Turkish university cancelled a panel on gay rights after it came under harsh criticism from Islamic extremists who branded the event as “immoral”, a liberal daily reported Monday. The Ilke news agency, which is close to Turkey’s Islamist Hezbollah…

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Supreme Court takes up status of Jerusalem

April 21, 2014

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The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall before deciding on the constitutionality…

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President says ferry crew’s actions ‘tantamount to murder’

April 21, 2014

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The captain and crew of a South Korean ferry that capsized with hundreds of children on board acted in a way “tantamount to murder,” President Park Geun-Hye said Monday, as four more crew members were arrested and the death toll rose to 87. Park’s denunciation…

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Argentine bonds: US court hears case on chasing assets

April 21, 2014

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Argentina argued Monday that holders of its defaulted bonds have no right to pursue government assets, in the first of two US Supreme Court reviews of its fight against hedge funds. Lawyers for Argentina argued that the government’s official assets…

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Dozens killed as Yemen, US mount air war on Qaeda

April 21, 2014

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An “unprecedented” US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 Al-Qaeda militants in a bid to head off attacks by the network’s local affiliate, officials said Monday. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number…

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Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

April 21, 2014

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Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike. “It would be difficult to stop the construction of the fourth…

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India’s top court lifts iron ore mining ban in Goa

April 21, 2014

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India’s top court ruled Monday that iron ore mining can resume in the mineral-rich state of Goa but capped annual output, ending a ban imposed to stop environmental damage. India was once the third-biggest exporter of the raw material, used to make…

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More red ink for US newspapers in latest survey

April 21, 2014

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US newspapers suffered further revenue declines in 2013, seeing only mixed success in a transition to digital, according to industry figures. Total newspaper industry revenue amounted to $37.59 billion in 2013, a 2.6 percent drop from $38.60 billion…

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Texas AG sides with hospital that allowed ‘sociopathic’ surgeon to maim, kill patients

April 10, 2014

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is going out of his way to defend four civil lawsuits against a hospital accused of allowing a “sociopathic” neurosurgeon to treat patients. None of the suits name the state, but the Dallas Morning News reported…

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Du Pont heir never completed court-ordered treatment after conviction for daughter’s rape

April 10, 2014

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An heir to the DuPont chemical fortune who was convicted of raping his daughter did not attend the court-mandated sex offender treatment program that enabled him to avoid jail time. Delaware online reported Thursday that Robert H. Richards IV was ordered…

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Twitter conservatives howl after Stephen Colbert named to replace David Letterman

April 10, 2014

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The announcement Thursday afternoon that Stephen Colbert had been named the replacement for the retiring David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Night” elicited a range of emotions from Twitter users – sometimes within the same tweet. The range of emotions…

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Charles Rangel rips Gohmert and GOP ‘Confederates’ with ‘hatred in their heart’

April 10, 2014

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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on Thursday defended the assertion that race played a role in the treatment of President Barack Obama and other minorities in government, saying that the Republican Party had allowed itself to be taken over by “Confederates…

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Editors Resign From Frontiers Journal Over Retracted Paper That Upset Climate Science Deniers

April 10, 2014

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Wed, 2014-04-09 16:54Graham Readfearn Two university professors are resigning as editors at a scientific publisher in protest of its decision to retract research linking climate change scepticism to conspiratorial thinking. Professors Ugo Bardi, of…

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Oil-By-Rail Scrutiny Ratchets Up Across United States

April 10, 2014

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Thu, 2014-04-10 08:37Justin Mikulka Two years ago, trains snaked through American towns and cities day and night often without residents, or even city officials, knowing they were carrying explosive crude oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota…

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Solar’s Disruptive Potential Discussed In McKinsey Report

April 10, 2014

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For a variety of reasons, solar companies have had a hard time profit-wise in recent years. However, that doesn’t mean their sales haven’t been growing. The solar market has grown in size year after year, and for the companies that squeezed through…

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Here’s What Changed in Yesterday’s Windows 8.1 Update

April 10, 2014

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Users of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 may have noticed a rather large OS update yesterday—that’s Windows 8.1 Update 1, if you were wondering. The update brought a whole bunch of new bits and pieces to the table to make the experience of actually using…

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House Panel Vote: IRS Official in Contempt

April 10, 2014

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A House committee has voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. She headed the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. (April…

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Firebrand Arab-Israeli cleric in trouble with law again

April 10, 2014

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An Israeli court Thursday found Islamic cleric Sheikh Raed Salah guilty of obstructing the work of police when they quizzed and searched his wife, the firebrand’s latest run-in with the law. The court said Salah, an Arab-Israeli, had “interrupted” police…

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Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

April 10, 2014

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Mexico’s booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months. The Latin American nation now only trails Canada, but experts say Mexico…

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Jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin plays for Palestine

April 10, 2014

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The Palestinian territories are rarely a destination for jazz musicians let alone stars of an art form that is more at home in big cities such as New York and Chicago. Which makes the performance of jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin before a packed…

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