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Glenn Greenwald to publish Snowden leaks on France and Spain

Brazil-based US reporter Glenn Greenwald said Wednesday he would publish documents from intelligence leaker Edward Snowden focused on France and Spain. Greenwald, a Rio-based correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, also said that if Brazil wanted more data on alleged US snooping into its affairs it should offer Snowden asylum. Snowden,…

Salmonella outbreak sickens nearly 300 Americans

A salmonella outbreak in raw chicken has sickened nearly 300 people in the United States, officials said as consumer advocates warned the federal shutdown was hampering a government response. The 278 illnesses in 18 states were believed to be linked to raw chicken from three Foster Farms locations in California,…

Two men executed by Texas and Arizona with unapproved drugs

Two men were executed in the United States with a drug not yet approved by federal authorities, after the Supreme Court denied one of the inmate’s final appeal. In Texas, which has put to death more people than any other US state, prison authorities said Michael Yowell was pronounced dead…

Deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces Vice Admiral Tim Giardina fired for using counterfeit chips at a casino

The deputy commander of US nuclear forces has been fired from his post after being investigated for allegedly using counterfeit chips at a casino, officers said. The move was highly unusual against such a senior officer in US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear-armed missiles, submarines and bombers. Vice…

Psych ward verdict for Russian protester ‘a return to Soviet psychiatric persecution of dissidents’

The condemnation this week of protester Mikhail Kosenko to forced psychiatric treatment has sparked debate that Russia is returning to the Soviet practice of punitive psychiatry to silence its critics. Kosenko, who had been taking medication for several years for a mild form of schizophrenia, was given a new, more…

Second endangered orangutan dies at Indonesian ‘death zoo’

An endangered Borneo orangutan died Thursday at Indonesia’s “death zoo”, the latest in a series of suspicious animal deaths that have prompted calls to close the notorious facility. Fifteen-year-old Betty the orangutan had difficulty breathing before she died, Surabaya Zoo spokesman Agus Supangkat said, adding she had just undergone a…

Pakistani Taliban say Malala has done ‘nothing’ to earn human rights prize

The Pakistani Taliban Thursday said teenage activist Malala Yousafzai had done “nothing” to deserve a prestigious EU rights award and vowed to try again to kill her. The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov human rights prize to the 16-year-old, who has become a global ambassador for the right of all…

Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Literature Prize

Canada’s Alice Munro won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition She is just the 13th woman to win the coveted award, and the first Canadian. The Swedish Academy described Munro, 82, as a “master of the contemporary…

Missing British woman’s body found in stairwell of San Francisco hospital

A body found in a U.S. hospital stairwell was identified as that of a British woman who went missing from the medical center over two weeks ago, prompting a huge search. Fifty-seven year old Lynne Spalding was last seen on September 21 at the San Francisco General Hospital, where she…

Australian police storm Hells Angels’ hideouts using new anti-fortification law

More than 700 Australian police swooped on the Hells Angels biker gang Thursday in a series of heavily-armed raids in Melbourne and its surrounds, seizing guns, ammunition, drugs and cash. In a coordinated dawn operation, police stormed some 60 clubhouses and properties simultaneously to clamp down on an escalating war…

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