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Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama said he was concerned by ongoing threats posed to US interests by the family of…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

Hackers dog Los Angeles Police Canine Association

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of hacker group Anonymous took credit Thursday for an online raid of the Los Angeles Police Canine Association and the posting of personal and potentially embarrassing information. “Over the past three weeks, we in the cabin have been targeting law enforcement sites across the United States,”…

Obama goes on offensive as gasoline prices soar

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama tried to head off Republican criticism over rising gasoline prices Thursday, ridiculing their responses as bumper-sticker policies designed to win an election, not to solve the problem. Visiting the hard-hit election battleground of Florida, a feisty Obama responded to a barrage of Republican criticism…

J. K. Rowling to release book for adults

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has written a novel for adults, which she said would be “very different” from her best-selling books about the boy wizard, her publishers announced Thursday. Publishers Little, Brown said they would release further details about the book, including the title and worldwide publishing date…

UN handed list of Syria crimes against humanity suspects

International investigators on Thursday handed the UN a list of Syrian officials suspected of crimes against humanity, as a defiant regime brushed off an outcry over the killing of two journalists. Fifty-two people were killed across the country, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as activists spoke of…

‘Iran Cyber Army’ hits state TV site

Hackers calling themselves the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ have attacked the website of mainly Muslim neighbour Azerbaijan’s state television station, the communications ministry said on Thursday. In the overnight attack, the hackers replaced AzTV’s homepage with the message: “Life is a game. Game over!” The state airline AZAL was also hit…

War and neglect leaves 500,000 Afghans homeless: Amnesty

Half a million Afghans displaced by war have been left homeless and struggling to survive because of government and international neglect, Amnesty International said Thursday. Around 400 people join makeshift shelters around the country every day, Amnesty said in a report entitled “Fleeing war, finding misery”, based on three years…

White House unveils ‘one click’ online privacy plan

The White House unveiled an online privacy proposal Thursday intended to allow Web users to easily opt out of being tracked on the Internet. The “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” has received the backing of leading Internet companies and online advertising networks and would involve a simple “one click” setting…

Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot’s Cambodia

When the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter. “There was nobody there. It was like walking into the Twilight Zone,” recalled one-time Washington…

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