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Howard Kurtz quits CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ to join Fox News

Kurtz ‘excited to bring my independent brand of media criticism to Fox News’ in move that raises plenty of eyebrows Howard Kurtz, the veteran US media commentator, is decamping from his longtime home at CNN to join Fox News. Kurtz has hosted Reliable Sources, CNN’s Sunday media criticism program, for…

Detroit emergency manager opens investigation into pension fraud

By Steve Neavling DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is ordering a joint investigation into the city’s two pension funds, in search of evidence of suspected fraud, corruption, waste and other possible malfeasance. Orr, a restructuring attorney appointed to reduce the city’s runaway debt, signed an order on…

Fact checking NSA’s 9/11 claim: U.S. already knew identity of Saudi hijacker

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to…

House votes down controversial farm bill in surprise vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican budget-cutters joined Democratic defenders of food stamps to defeat the $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by GOP leaders on Thursday. Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas said there may not be a second chance to write a farm bill this year. Lucas’ bill called for the…

Brazilian authorities face fresh protests against government corruption despite concessions

Brazilian authorities braced for new mass protests Thursday as a street revolt against government corruption and wasteful World Cup spending gained steam despite official concessions. Hundreds of thousands of people in 80 cities responded to postings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram calling for street rallies to demand better living conditions…

UN watchdog documents Israeli forces abuse of Palestinian children

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday accused Israel’s police and military of abuses against Palestinian children ranging from torture to solitary confinement and threats of death and sexual assault in prisons. In a report on Israel’s record, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said it expressed…

New Zealand burglar turns himself in after bumping into ‘hanging corpse’

A terrified New Zealand burglar handed himself in after breaking into a darkened house and bumping into a hanging corpse, waking neighbours with his blood-curdling screams, police said Thursday. The would-be thief was arrested when he called police in the early hours of Wednesday to report his gruesome encounter in…

Sweden jails Pirate Bay co-founder for hacking bank servers

A Swedish court Thursday sentenced the co-founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Pay to two years in prison for hacking into the servers of a company managing data for Swedish authorities and banks. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of illegally accessing data belonging to Nordea, the largest Nordic bank,…

Mongolia builds first wind farm after choking on smog

Mongolia on Thursday opened its first wind farm, a landmark $122 million project that aims to shift the country’s reliance on coal and tackle the pollution choking its capital Ulan Bator. A total of 31 turbines have been erected at the facility, which are expected to power five percent of…

Refugees living in Morocco must decide whether to settle or flee to Europe

Thousands of migrants living in Morocco, including hundreds of refugees who fled wars in Africa, face a bleak dilemma — whether to settle in this transit country with scant opportunities or brave the perilous journey to Europe. “We do not know what to expect in the future,” says Blessing, a…

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