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North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

North Korea on Friday threatened to “bury in the sea” a US aircraft carrier, as it slammed a three-nation naval drill involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships. The latest warning from the isolated regime came a day after the United States launched a two-day joint military drill with South…

Toyota unveils cars with auto pilot system

Toyota on Friday unveiled the next generation of cars featuring an auto pilot system that will swerve to avoid collisions and also keep to the middle of the road, all without drivers touching the wheel. The Japanese giant autos using the self-driving technology could be available on the market in…

Israeli settler bludgeoned to death in West Bank: police

An Israeli settler was bludgeoned to death Friday by suspected Palestinian militants, police said, in the third violent attack on Israelis in the West Bank within as many weeks. The attack, in which the retired army colonel’s wife escaped with minor injuries, prompted rightwing Israeli MPs to call for the…

White South Africans say they are being oppressed by the government

A group of white South Africans marched Thursday to protest murders of farmers and the “oppression” they say whites suffer, despite remaining the country’s most privileged section of society 19 years after the arrival of all-race democracy. Around 400 Afrikaners, descendants of Dutch settlers, released hundreds of red balloons in…

Father of Edward Snowden has ‘emotional’ meeting with son in Russia

The father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has held an “emotional” meeting with his son for the first time since the fugitive took refuge in Russia to escape US justice, a report said Friday. Lon Snowden met his son after arriving in Moscow from the United States on Thursday,…

Syria rebels executed 67 Alawite villagers

Rebel groups executed at least 67 civilians and took hostage 200 others from Alawite villages in Syria in August, Human Rights Watch reported Friday, saying this constituted war crimes. The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs. HRW based its 105-page report on…

Nobel Peace Prize to go to chemical weapons watchdog supervising the dismantling of Syria’s chemical arsenal

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will go to chemical weapons watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Norwegian television reported one hour before Friday’s official announcement. “According to information obtained by (public broadcaster) NRK, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize will go to the UN-backed Organisation for the…

Jon Stewart to red states: ‘What do you hate more? Poverty or Obama?’

Tonight on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a pitchfork to states that refused federal money to expand Medicaid programs. The federal government offered to pay for the programs until 2020, but 26 states declined the offer. “Twenty-six states?” an exasperated Stewart asked. “Twenty-six states? They must be a pretty…

Edward Snowden given ‘integrity in intelligence’ award

US fugitive Edward Snowden has been honored with a prize awarded annually by former CIA staff for exhibiting “integrity in intelligence,” the group said. The 30-year-old, currently in Russia, is wanted by Washington on espionage charges after disclosing details about the vast scope of the US government’s surveillance operations. The…

Supplies of lethal injection drugs are dwindling

The United States is turning to new drugs for lethal injections as supplies of the current standard dwindle, sparking lawsuits from death row prisoners that the changes will cause undue suffering. Two men were put to death Wednesday in Texas and Arizona, using a lethal dose of an animal anesthetic…

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