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German ‘luxury bishop’ under fire for extravagant house now accused of lying under oath

Pressure grew Thursday on a German Roman-Catholic bishop under fire for building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex when prosecutors alleged that he also lied under oath. Embattled Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 53, of Limburg in Hesse state is accused of giving false statements in court in a case centred on…

Obama’s war on leaks ‘most aggressive since Nixon,’ Committee to Protect Journalists says

Barack Obama has pursued the most aggressive “war on leaks” since the Nixon administration, according to a report published on Thursday that says the administration’s attempts to control the flow of information is hampering the ability of journalists to do their jobs. The author of the study, the former Washington…

More Saudi women defy driving ban despite cleric’s warning that it would damage their ovaries

Saudi women are increasingly getting behind the wheel in defiance of a driving ban ahead of a nationwide campaign planned by female activists for later this month, witnesses said. A video posted on social networks this week shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh as male motorists and families…

Feminist adult performer: Men often the unsung heroes of pornography

Men thinking of stripping down to their birthday suit to make an easy living might want to reconsider. Being an adult performer isn’t a piece of cake for men, according to one feminist “porn superhero.” Speaking during the Feminist Porn Book Keynote Panel at UC Santa Barbara in May, Dylan…

Republicans offer ‘short term’ debt ceiling raise

Republican leaders are to offer President Barack Obama a temporary deal to raise the US government’s debt ceiling and head off the immediate risk of default, lawmakers said Thursday. “It will be short term,” Congressman Robert Pittenger told reporters after a meeting of Republican representatives on Capitol Hill. Party leaders…

The Huffington Post launches German edition

The Huffington Post, with its mix of online news, gossip and opinion, launched a German edition Thursday, vowing to be among the top five German information portals within five years. Based in Munich, where it opened a newsroom with 15 journalists with media partner Tomorrow Focus, part of the Burda…

Obama to meet with Republicans for government shutdown talks

President Barack Obama confronts Republican leaders Thursday, just one week before a toxic political stalemate could take an even more extreme turn and degenerate into a historic debt default crisis. House Republican chieftains, including Speaker John Boehner, will join Obama at the White House, with neither side yet apparently ready…

Treasury secretary advises lawmakers against destroying the U.S. economy

A US debt default would have dramatic economic repercussions and be “deeply damaging” to financial markets, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned lawmakers Thursday a week before a deadline to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. With the clock ticking toward a default that would see the United States fail to pay…

Vatican recalls papal medal after Jesus’ name misspelled

A major misspelling has prompted the Vatican to recall a medal it commissioned to commemorate the pontification of Pope Francis. The medal, which was produced by the Italian State Mint, featured a Latin inscription of a quotation that moved the future pope to the priesthood. However, the medal had already…

Pennsylvania cop refused to take accident report because citizen was recording him

PA Cop Refuses To Take Accident Report Unless Citizen Stops Recording; Cites ‘Department Policy’ (via Techdirt) It’s 2013, and despite oft-abused wiretapping laws being found unconstitutional when applied to recording police and new policies being issued to deter law enforcement officers from persecuting/prosecuting camera-wielding citizens, further incidents…  …

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