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European Union agrees to new membership talks with Turkey

European Union ministers agreed Tuesday to reopen Turkey’s accession talks despite reticence from Germany and others over Ankara’s tough crackdown on protests. Ireland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said EU ministers had finally agreed to resume membership talks with Turkey after a three-year break. In Ankara, the foreign…

Mystery girl to testify in Trayvon Martin murder case

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the Florida murder trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will reveal a star witness for the first time on Tuesday, the girl Trayvon Martin was talking with in the last minutes of his life. The teenage girl, known as Witness #8…

Silvio Berlusconi found guilty of paying for sex with underage prostitute

Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister and head of the main coalition partner in the current government, has been found guilty of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his office to cover it up. In a highly anticipated verdict at the end of a sensational trial…

Comprehensive immigration reform bill passes key test vote in the Senate

Hopes of securing a landslide Senate vote in favour of immigration reform were hampered by summer storms on Monday night after several lawmakers were prevented from flying to Washington in time for a key vote. Nevertheless, the efforts to legalise an estimated 11 million undocumented migrants in the US received…

Indiana grain silo explosion kills one

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – An explosion in a grain silo killed an employee at an agricultural co-op in rural northwestern Indiana on Monday, authorities said. James Swank, 67, of Union Mills was killed in the afternoon explosion at the Co-Alliance fertilizer and grain facility in Union Mills, some 70…

Obama administration fights claims of incompetence as Snowden saga continues

By Andy Sullivan and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively. As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower…

Same-sex couples anxiously wait for Supreme Court marriage ruling

By Ronnie Cohen and Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – The Reverend Paul Mowry, a minister at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church near San Francisco, awoke at 6:30 a.m. Monday, hoping it would be the day the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that would allow him to marry Joe Silverman, his companion…

Snapchat market value hits $800 million

The startup behind a Snapchat application for sharing self-destructing smartphone photos and messages got a dizzying valuation on Monday in a new funding round. Reports that the company launched in late 2011 had raised $60 million from investors, giving it a market value of about $800 million, hit the Internet…

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa considering request to give Edward Snowden asylum

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who has given the United States headaches throughout his tenure, risks more trouble if he grants political asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Much greater powers — China and Russia — have vexed the United States during Snowden’s global cat-and-mouse game, but this Andean nation…

Breastfed infants more likely to climb the social ladder: study

People breastfed as infants have a 24 percent better chance than their formula-fed counterparts of climbing the social ladder, said a study Tuesday. Conversely, being fed mothers’ milk as a baby also reduced one’s chances of social demotion later in life by as much as 20 percent, said the findings…

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