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Palestinians prepare for return of ‘Arab Idol’ winner

Thousands of Gaza residents on Tuesday gathered at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, eagerly awaiting the arrival home of a 23-year-old Palestinian who won this year’s prestigious Arab Idol talent show. Young and old alike waved Palestinian flags and held up posters of Mohammed Assaf, raising banners congratulating him…

Topless protesters disrupt call for law reform in Tunisia

The European Commission on Tuesday urged Tunisia to reform criminal laws from its previous authoritarian regime as three topless feminist activists staged a protest in Brussels by jumping on visiting Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh’s car. “Stop Repression!” and “Free Amina!” the activists shouted, before being led away by police.…

‘Digital detox’ packages gaining popularity with heavy tech users

Tired of checking your smartphone every few minutes for new emails, likes or retweets? Do you spend more time looking at your device than chatting to your date? Are you close to a digital burn-out? Fear not, an increasing number of options are available for those seeking to detox from…

Massachusetts voters to decide on Kerry’s Senate replacement

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to choose between a Republican newcomer and a veteran Democratic Congressman hoping to preserve the majority his party holds in the U.S. Senate. Representative Edward Markey has enjoyed a strong lead in polls since launching his campaign six months…

European Union agrees to new membership talks with Turkey

European Union ministers agreed Tuesday to reopen Turkey’s accession talks despite reticence from Germany and others over Ankara’s tough crackdown on protests. Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said EU ministers had finally agreed to resume membership talks with Turkey after a three-year break. In Ankara, the foreign…

Mystery girl to testify in Trayvon Martin murder case

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the Florida murder trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will reveal a star witness for the first time on Tuesday, the girl Trayvon Martin was talking with in the last minutes of his life. The teenage girl, known as Witness #8…

John Oliver: Snowden exposes the blindness of the all-seeing U.S. government

The Daily Show host John Oliver on Monday night mocked the failing U.S. efforts to track down and extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Oliver observed that Snowden had ironically exposed the government’s power and its powerlessness. The “all-seeing, all-knowing” government couldn’t “find the front of a human centipede if their…

Maddow on IRS scandal: This whole thing is over now, right?

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow briefly reported on new revelations regarding the ongoing IRS scandal. A ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee released IRS documents earlier in the day that showed progressive groups — not just tea party organizations — were included on…

Police thwart man’s plot to ride a horse nude on some stranger’s property

A man in Georgia had his hopes of riding on a horse in his birthday suit dashed on Saturday morning when police arrived. Cartersville Patch reported that 29-year-old Kayde Ayoub Said was arrested by police after they found him roaming in a pasture without any pants on. Said reportedly told…

Silvio Berlusconi found guilty of paying for sex with underage prostitute

Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister and head of the main coalition partner in the current government, has been found guilty of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his office to cover it up. In a highly anticipated verdict at the end of a sensational trial…

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