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Palestinians say Israel ‘destroying peace process’ with new housing

The Palestinians on Wednesday accused Israel of trying to wreck peace talks with plans to build 1,500 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, hours after the Jewish state freed 26 Palestinian prisoners. A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said the move “destroys the peace process and…

Activists claim victory as Alabama agrees to gut anti-immigrant law

Activists claimed victory Wednesday after a plea deal reached in the southern US state of Alabama effectively stripped the harshest provisions from a state law restricting undocumented immigrants. Among its many provisions, the measure allowed police to demand the papers of individuals they thought might be undocumented during encounters as…

Pakistan: U.S. drone strikes have only killed 67 civilians since 2008

Pakistan’s defence ministry said Wednesday US drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas have killed 67 civilians since 2008, a surprisingly low figure given previous casualty estimates. The figure represents three percent of the total killed in the past five years according to ministry data given in a written answer…

Putin topples Obama in Forbes power ranking

Having outfoxed him on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pipped Barack Obama to the title of the world’s most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes on Wednesday. It was the first time in three years that the US president has dropped to second place on the magazine’s list and…

NSA spied on the Vatican as cardinals elected Pope Francis

US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday. “The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope,” the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the…

Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated’

Mike Rogers: You Can’t Have Your Privacy Violated If You Don’t Know About It (via Techdirt) We already wrote a bit about yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing concerning NSA surveillance. There were two sections to it: the first three hours were the top government spooks and lawmakers, and then the…

Jesuit father: Like Pope Francis said, proselytizing to atheists is ‘pious nonsense’

Father James Martin said Tuesday night that he has no interest in beating nonbelievers over the head with his Christian faith. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Martin was asked to attempt to convert atheist Penn Jillette, who was sitting beside him. “I have a lot of friends…

Gender X: Germany to allow third indeterminate gender option at birth

Germany on Friday will become the first European country to allow babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female. Parents will be allowed to leave the field for gender blank on birth certificates, effectively creating a category for indeterminate sex in the public…

Six pregnant girls freed from illegal ‘baby factory’ in Nigeria

Nigerian police have raided a baby factory in the oil city of Port Harcourt and arrested a woman accused of harbouring six pregnant girls, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. “We rescued six girls last week at different stages of pregnancy from an illegal maternity home in Port Harcourt,” Joy Elomoko of…

Lithuanians burn down straw village in autumn rite

Winter is around the corner and for one Lithuanian town that means building a village of straw only to burn it down in a ritual that draws thousands to the tiny locality, nostalgic for old traditions. “It’s a form of renewal for us,” said Vigita Dumbriene, the main organiser of…

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