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U.S. hedge funds reject ‘convoluted’ settlement offer from Argentina

Two US hedge funds suing Argentina for full payment on defaulted bonds Friday rejected the country’s offer to settle the suit with a deal that would give them just 25 percent of what they were seeking. “Argentina’s years of defiance cannot be cured by a convoluted offer to give (the…

Hugo Chavez’s ‘apostle’ sworn in as Venezuelan president

A self-styled “apostle” of Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, who became Venezuela’s president Friday, climbed from humble beginnings as a bus driver to the pinnacle of power in the shadow of his charismatic predecessor. “I am the first post-Chavez president in history,” he proclaimed hours before taking the oath of office…

Economic ‘Group of 20′ urges global community to end banking secrecy

The Group of 20 economic powers on Friday urged the global adoption of standards for sharing bank account information in an effort to fight tax evasion and curtail banking secrecy. The G20 said they “strongly encourage” all countries to sign on to a commitment to the automatic exchange of banking…

French marriage equality opponents prepare for last protest before vote

France’s bitter debate over gay marriage is set to reach a potentially explosive climax on Sunday, two days before a bill legalising same-sex unions is due to be finally approved. Opponents of the reform have been urged to take to the streets of Paris in a last-ditch show of their…

Lindsey Graham: Reading Miranda Rights to bombing suspect ‘a bad idea’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called for denying the living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings his Miranda Rights via Twitter on Friday. “If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes,” Graham wrote, before before continuing, “If the #Boston…

Hotelier rescued from elevator after being stranded for four days

A hotelier in rural Austria was stuck in a lift for four days but skills acquired on a Swedish military survival course helped him pull through, police said Friday. A friend delivering bread eventually alerted rescue services on Friday after noticing post piled up outside the hotel in Bad Gastein…

Multiple ‘chemical bombs’ explode at Michigan middle school

Parents in Bangor, Michigan received automated alerts on Friday that at least three explosive devices had gone off at Bangor Middle School. Bangor Public Schools Superintendent Ron Parker confirmed that at least two homemade devices had exploded in a locker at the middle school. Parker said that the simple devices…

Wikileaks publishes transcript of ‘secret’ talk between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt

WikiLeaks has produced a transcript of a “secret” meeting between Google CEO Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who at the time was under house arrest in the United Kingdom. Schmidt and Jared Cohen, a former advisor to Hillary Clinton, were researching a book, “The New Digital…  …

Spanish anarchists send Catholics explosive packages containing vibrators

“Anticlerical Pro Sex Toys Group” targets prominent Roman Catholics including archbishop of Pamplona An anarchist group in Spain has been sending bombs to prominent Roman Catholics, hiding the explosives inside packages containing vibrators. At least two such mini-bombs have been sent by a group that calls itself the Anticlerical Pro…

UPDATED: Boston bombing suspects’ parents, aunt say authorities are setting them up

An aunt of the men suspected of carrying out Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon on Friday said that she had a hunch that the FBI may have staged a photo of her nephews at the scene of the crime, and she also had doubts about the official story behind…

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