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Zimbabwe’s re-elected president Robert Mugabe tells critics to ‘go hang’

Zimbabwe’s recently re-elected president Robert Mugabe on Monday said those upset by his disputed landslide election victory could “go hang”. The 89-year-old vowed never to let go of his victory as his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai lodged a petition in court challenging the election outcome. “Those who were hurt by defeat…

Large OFA donor and cardiologist launches private campaign to promote Obamacare

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When cardiologist Asad Qamar gave $50,000 earlier this year to the non-profit group established to promote President Barack Obama’s national agenda it was one of the group’s biggest single donations from the state of Florida. Shortly after that, Qamar, already a major donor to…

WATCH LIVE: Perseids meteor shower

NASA is streaming it live until 3 am ET. Enjoy! Live streaming video by Ustream…

Mob attacks gay couple’s engagement ceremony in Haiti

A British man and his Haitian partner were attacked by dozens of locals who threw molotov cocktails and rocks at the couple’s private engagement ceremony, police said. Several people were injured, two cars were set ablaze and windows were smashed at the residence where the ceremony took place in Port-au-Prince…

Attorney General Eric Holder to outline new drug offender sentencing proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department plans to change how it prosecutes some non-violent drug offenders, so they would no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences, in an overhaul of federal prison policy that Attorney General Eric Holder will unveil on Monday. Holder will outline the status of a broad,…

NY regulator issues subpoenas to firms tied to Bitcoin: WSJ

(Reuters) – New York’s top banking regulator has issued subpoenas to several companies associated with Bitcoin as part of an inquiry into business practices of the virtual currency industry, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The subpoenas issued by the New York Department of Financial…

Former Sen. Wyden staffer: ‘Most members of Congress have not even seen the secret legal interpretations’ behind FISA

President Obama’s stated desire for an “open debate and democratic process” about the U.S. government’s surveillance activities met with open disbelief by a prominent former congressional staffer — Jennifer Hoelzer, who recently left service as deputy chief of staff to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) — after the President’s press conference…

Limited edition ABBA maxi-single sells for $6,400 at Swedish auction

A rare ABBA recording was sold Sunday for nearly 5,000 euros, in an online auction of a vast collection of the Swedish pop group’s memorabilia. Thomas Nordin, a collector of all things related to the group famous for hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Fernando” and “Mamma Mia”, had put up some…

Apple will unveil new iPhone on September 10, 2013: Reports

(Reuters) – Apple Inc, the world’s largest technology company, is expected to present its redesigned iPhone in September, according to technology blog AllThingsD. The blog cited unnamed sources as saying that Apple will unveil its next smart phone at a special event on Sept 10. The company was not immediately…

Mother of ‘Messiah’ ordered to change baby’s name after Christian judge rules it a conflict with her beliefs

A baby named “Messiah” must be renamed, according to a judge in Tennessee, because Messiah is a ‘earned’ title in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The mother, Jaleesa Martin of Newport, Tenn., is appealing the decision handed down by Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who renamed the 7-month-old child “Martin DeShawn McCullough,”…

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