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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reveals life inside ‘space station’ embassy

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is certain he will one day go to Ecuador, he said in an interview published Sunday, describing his life in the Ecuadoran embassy in London as “like being in a space station”. The Australian activist, 41, has been holed up in the embassy since…

Mona Eltahawy: ‘I’m proud I was arrested’ for defacing anti-Muslim ad

Journalist Mona Eltahawy defended her recent arrest in New York Sunday on Up With Chris Hayes, saying it was in line with the American tradition of lawful disobedience. “I don’t think we should be quiet or silent or be bullied into silence in the face of racism and hate,” she…

McCain suggests Harry Reid ‘doesn’t care’ about US ambassador’s death

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is accusing Republicans of politicizing an attack on the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi because he probably “doesn’t care” about the death of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens. McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday that the Obama administration…

Judge cites Bible to deny name-change to transgender woman

The American Civil Liberties Union last week sought to overturn an Oklahoma County judge’s decision to prohibit a transgender woman from changing her legally recognized name. James Dean Ingram, who lives as a woman, requested to change her name to Angela Renee Ingram. But District Judge Bill Graves denied the…

Ryan on Romney’s tax plan: ‘It would take me too long’ to explain

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sunday insisted that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney had provided specifics for his tax plan, but refused to say which deductions would need to be eliminated or provide any math to prove that the scheme works. During an interview on Fox News, host Chris…

California bans ‘reparation therapy’ for LGBT minors

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law late Saturday night banning therapy used to change the sexual orientation of LGBT children and teenagers. “This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Brown said in a statement. “These practices have no basis in science or…

Rioters torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community. Officials said the mob comprising some 25,000 people set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and…

Chavez believes he has beaten cancer

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he believes he has beaten cancer and will be strong enough to rule for another six years if he wins re-election on October 7. Speaking aboard an open-air truck Saturday as it wound its way through tens of thousands of supporters who had…

Thousands protest in Indonesia over anti-Islam film

JAKARTA — Thousands of Indonesians on Sunday chanted anti-American slogans outside the US embassy in Jakarta, in the latest protest against a film that sparked demonstrations in at least 20 countries. At least 3,000 supporters of the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) gathered outside the US mission, but there was…

NFL referees ratify eight-year deal to officially end lockout

DALLAS, Texas — National Football League Referees Association members voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to approve a new eight-year deal with the league to officially end a lockout that began in June. The union’s executive committee struck a deal with the NFL on Wednesday night, about 48 hours after a botched…

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