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Spain ex-policeman denies Franco-era torture claim

April 10, 2014

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A retired Spanish policeman denied Thursday torturing people during the country’s Franco dictatorship and repeated his refusal to be extradited to Argentina for trial on alleged crimes against humanity. A judge in Argentina in September 2013 called…

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French priest charged with rape, torture during exorcisms

April 10, 2014

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A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers. Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told AFP the 40-year-old priest with the Society…

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Putin threatens gas shutdown amid Ukraine standoff

April 10, 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened on Thursday to cut off Ukraine’s gas unless Europe drummed up the cash to cover its debts and ensure its own supplies in a flaring standoff over the splintered ex-Soviet state. The veteran strongman’s most…

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Argentines strike over inflation and crime

April 10, 2014

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A general strike called to protest against the government of Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner disrupted public transport Thursday amid growing public anger over price rises and crime. But the impact of the strike was uneven, with department stores…

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US comic Colbert to succeed late-night icon Letterman

April 10, 2014

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US comic Stephen Colbert will succeed TV icon David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” next year, CBS said Thursday, in the latest step in a changing of the late-night old guard. Colbert, who has presented the award-winning Colbert Report satirical…

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Solar News Roundup

April 9, 2014

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Taking a look at some of the week’s news on solar power from around the world. The largest solar power farm on the planet has opened in California with a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts (MW). The project which was developed by BrightSource…

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Utah ex-cop accused of faking porn connections to scam nude photos from underage girl

April 9, 2014

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A former police officer described as “exemplary” is accused of passing himself off as part of a porn website in order to con an underage girl into sending him more than 100 photos of herself in various states of undress. KUTV-TV reported that Jeremy…

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Iowa GOP Senate candidate on impeachment: Obama is lucky he’s black

April 9, 2014

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A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Iowa said this week that President Barack Obama would already be facing impeachment if he were a white man. “I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much…

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AZ police arrest 3 undocumented immigrants seeking sanctuary in Catholic church

April 9, 2014

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An investigation by KVOA into the arrest of three undocumented immigrants by a Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy is causing an uproar in the Arizona religious community. According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department report, the arresting deputy was…

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PETA looks to buy boyhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer and open a vegan restaurant there

April 9, 2014

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The animal-rights group PETA is looking to buy the childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and convert it into a vegan restaurant. The organization’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, sent a letter dated Friday to the real estate agent who had listed…

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Gun club suffers ‘emotional violence’ from animal rights group’s dildo protest: lawsuit

April 9, 2014

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A sportsman’s club in Pennsylvania claims an animal rights group tormented its members with “emotional violence” to protest pigeon shooting. The Philadelphia Gun Club and eight of its members filed a federal lawsuit last week against Showing Animals…

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Ben Stein: Poor people are jealous, lazy drunks who don’t appreciate indoor plumbing

April 9, 2014

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Conservative pundit Ben Stein suggested that only government-sanctioned religion could save poor Americans from their own “self-sabotage,” reported Right Wing Watch. “What will make the genuinely poor stop sabotaging themselves?” the actor and…

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German neo-Nazis using Sesame Street’s ‘Cookie Monster’ for youth recruitment

April 9, 2014

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A pair of far-right German nationalists attempted to recruit members for their neo-Nazi party at a high school in Senftenberg, Germany this week. According to the Daily Mail, one of the two men, 31-year-old Steffen Lange wore a costume of the “Sesame…

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Pat Robertson: ‘Fundamentalists’ who say you are going to Hell are ‘such mean people’

April 9, 2014

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Pat Robertson on Wednesday blasted “hard-nosed fundamentalists” for being “mean” and telling people they would go to Hell. A viewer named Robin wrote to the televangelist and explained that her husband had warned that she would “go to Hell…

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Did George W. Bush paint the first images that came up on Google searches of world leaders?

April 9, 2014

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Former President George W. Bush’s heavily-promoted series of paintings featuring world leaders was drawn from Google image searches of the subjects, Animal New York reported on Tuesday. The similarities were first discovered by art critic Greg Allen…

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Solar Powered “Sunshine Cinema” In Africa (VIDEO)

April 9, 2014

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Originally posted on ABB.By Daniel Martin Eckhart A solar-powered cinema is to travel around villages in Africa to share the stories of individuals who have found solutions to climate change issues Editor’s note: This post was originally published…

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Bharat Light & Power Will Invest $1 Billion To Boost Renewable Energy Capacity In India

April 9, 2014

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The ‘India renewable energy story’ continues to sweeten as more and more companies are looking to aggressively invest into and expand renewable energy capacity across the country. The latest announcement comes from Bharat Light and Power, a fast…

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One million buried in mass graves on forbidden New York island

April 9, 2014

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Most New Yorkers don’t even know it exists. But a million forgotten souls are buried in mass graves dug by convicts on a tiny, forbidden island east of the Bronx. Since 1869, still-born babies, the homeless, the poor and the unclaimed have been stacked…

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Putin warns Kiev against irreversible mistakes

April 9, 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Wednesday a positive outcome to the first international peace talks on Ukraine but also upped the pressure by warning Kiev’s interim leaders against making any irreversible mistakes. The veteran strongman’s mixed…

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Crimean gays fear life under Russia

April 9, 2014

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Yelena, an openly gay teacher in Crimea who is raising four children with her partner, fears she could lose her family and her job now that her home has been taken over by Russia. Since the Black Sea peninsula broke away from Ukraine and pledged allegiance…

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