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US wants ‘results’ at April 13 talks in Istanbul with Iran

The United States wants “concrete results” at talks between Iran and world powers on April 13 in Istanbul on Tehran’s nuclear programme, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. “Our policy is one of prevention, not containment,” Clinton told a press conference in the Saudi capital after talks with her Gulf Arab counterparts, confirming…

Funeral director: Trayvon Martin’s body showed no signs of scuffle

The funeral director who handled the body of Trayvon Martin in preparation for his burial has said that the young man showed no signs of the physical struggle alleged by George Zimmerman, who claims he shot the teenager in self defense. In an interview with CBS News, Florida funeral director…

Chris Hayes: Now we know where Supreme Court justices get their news

On Saturday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes used his weekly “Now We Know” segment to note the fact that many of the conservative Supreme Court justices appear to be getting their news from right wing blogs. Referencing remarks by Justice Antonin Scalia regarding the…

Spitzer promises ‘facts that inform’ on new show ‘Viewpoint’

Hot on the heels of Keith Olbermann’s firing from Current TV, former New York state Attorney General and ex-CNN host Elliot Spitzer premiered his new program “Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer” on Friday night. In his intro to the program, Spitzer outlined what he sees as his show’s mission, a “nightly…

Maher: No doubt Zimmerman is a ‘big fat f**king liar’

On Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher tore into George Zimmerman’s story about being assaulted by Trayvon Martin on the day that he killed the teenager. Maher played the police video that has surfaced of Zimmerman after the incident in which the neighborhood watchman appears to…

German public sector workers to get 6.3% pay rise

German public service employees reached a pay deal following a marathon 40-hour round of negotiations and work stoppages which hit airports and infant schools over the past month, unions said Saturday. Some two million public service employees will see their wages increased by 6.3 percent between now and August 2013.…

China cracks down on Internet after coup rumours

China has shut down websites, made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumours of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician. Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing”,…

Syria declares it has defeated revolt

Syria’s regime declared on Saturday it has defeated those seeking to bring it down while reiterating support for a UN-Arab peace plan, as its troops reportedly shelled rebels in the city of Homs. Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, cited by the official SANA news agency, also said Syrian troops would…

Record $640M lottery prize reported to have winner in MD

The record $640 million lottery prize that sent the United States into a gambling frenzy reportedly had at least one winner early Saturday as local media said the winning ticket had been sold in the state of Maryland. The winning numbers — 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with Mega Ball…

Gulf’s dolphins pay heavy price for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New studies show impact of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster on dolphins and other marine wildlife may be far worse than feared.  A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established…

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