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Russian LGBT rights activists detained after ‘kissing protest’

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a “kissing protest” on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual “propaganda”. The bill is one of a series of socially conservative measures garnering support in the…

EU wants privacy guarantees from U.S. amid PRISM crisis

The EU said Tuesday it will seek a strong commitment from the United States to respect the rights of European citizens, following revelations that Washington is running a worldwide Internet surveillance programme. Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, “will raise the issue with force and determination” at a meeting in…

China launches longest-ever manned space mission

China Tuesday began its longest manned space mission with the launch of the Shenzhou-10 rocket, state television showed, as the country steps up an ambitious exploration programme symbolising its growing power. The rocket ascended above the Jiuquan space centre in the Gobi Desert trailing a vast column of flame. The…

‘Anarchist’ accused in Cleveland bridge bomb plot goes on trial

By Kim Palmer AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Opening statements begin Tuesday in the trial of Joshua Stafford, a self-described anarchist accused of plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge near Cleveland. The plot failed. Stafford, 24, is the only one of five defendants to go on trial in the…

Turkish riot police clash with protesters in Taksim Square, as Erdogan dismisses them as ‘riff-raff’

By Nick Tattersall and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. Hundreds…

Riot police move in on anti-G8 UK protesters

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – Police in riot gear moved in on a central London building where activists had planned an anti-G8 protest through the British capital on Tuesday before next week’s summit of world leaders. The demonstrators had said they would stage a “Carnival Against Capitalism” across London…

As reporters stake out Hong Kong hotels, legal battle looms for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

By James Pomfret and Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) – A potential extradition tussle in Hong Kong over an American who has exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs could prove to be a test case for civil liberties in the financial hub controlled by China. Edward Snowden, 29, a…

Seeking momentum, Obama to address immigration reform Tuesday

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to boost momentum for a sweeping bill to reform the immigration system on Tuesday with remarks that highlight the proposed law’s economic and national security benefits, a White House official said. Obama, who won re-election last year thanks in…

French prosecutor urges dropping Strauss-Kahn sex charge

PARIS (Reuters) – A French public prosecutor recommended on Tuesday closing an investigation into alleged sex offences in which former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn risks trial on a charge of “aggravated pimping”. It is now up to judges investigating the case to decide whether or not to drop the prosecution,…

Appeals court will consider blocked Bloomberg NYC soda ban on Tuesday

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration will try to convince an appeals court on Tuesday to reinstate a ban on large sugary drinks, three months after a judge struck it down at the 11th hour as an illegal overreach of executive…

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