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Twitter appeals order to hand over Occupy protester data

NEW YORK — Twitter said Thursday it was appealing a court ruling ordering it to turn over data on one of its users involved in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a case watched closely as a test of online freedom of speech, Twitter’s attorney Benjamin Lee said in…

Lawyers ask for Guantanamo trial to be televised

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Lawyers for the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind of the deadly 2000 attack on the USS Cole demanded Thursday that his Guantanamo military tribunal be televised. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s trial at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the first since the…

House votes to scrap Pentagon contract with major Russian defense firm

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of ending the Pentagon’s arms contract with a major Russian defense firm, with one congressman saying it was wrong to partner with “lords of war” who are supplying arms to Syria. The amendment was adopted by a vote of 407-5, and…

Scientists urge fresh push for AIDS cure

WASHINGTON — International scientists on Thursday urged a new push for a cure to AIDS, saying the three-decade epidemic is outpacing medications to curb it. The seven-step scientific strategy focuses efforts on key areas such as the reservoirs where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) holes up in the body, and the…

French lawmakers abolish tax breaks, boost taxes on rich

PARIS — French lawmakers Thursday backed a series of measures abolishing tax breaks and taxing the wealthy as the new Socialist government pursued efforts to kickstart the economy with a tax-and-spend programme. The measures were part of the first budget bill presented by President Francois Hollande’s government since he unseated…

Ancient Mayan ‘night sun’ temple found in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Archeologists have uncovered a 1,600-year-old Mayan temple dedicated to the “night sun” atop a pyramid tomb in the northern Guatemalan forest near the border with Mexico. “The sun was a key element of Maya rulership,” lead archeologist Stephen Houston explained in announcing the discovery by the joint…

Google profits surges on growing ad revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit surged to $2.79 billion on rising online advertising revenue, besting Wall Street expectations. The California-based online search titan said that its profit rose 11 percent in the quarter ended June 30 as consolidated revenue climbed 35 percent to $12.21…

U.S. stocks score third day of gains

NEW YORK — US stocks notched gains for a third straight day Thursday as investors looked past disappointing economic data to a batch of positive corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a modest increase of 34.66 points, or 0.27 percent, at 12,943.36. The S&P 500 advanced…

Syria’s Assad emailed sexist jokes: WikiLeaks

PARIS — Hundreds of emails purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad show he sent several sexist or irreverant messages in the months before the ongoing Syrian uprising began. The French website owni.fr on Thursday published extracts from the latest cache of Syrian documents made avaiable by WikiLeaks, which on…

U.S. Navy helicopter crashes in Oman

A US Navy helicopter crashed on Thursday in Oman during a transport mission, and the fate of its five-member crew is unknown, the US military said, ruling out an attack. The MH-53E Sea Dragon, used for long-range mine sweeping, crashed 58 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of the Omani capital Muscat…

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