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UN resolution orders Syria chemical weapons destroyed

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution Friday ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. The major powers overcame a prolonged deadlock to approve the first council resolution on the conflict, which is now 30 months old with more…

Greece arrests neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ party leader in crackdown

Greek police on Saturday cracked down on the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, arresting its founding leader and four other members in parliament, following the murder of a leftist musician allegedly by a party activist. The arrests came a day after Golden Dawn threatened to pull its lawmakers out of parliament,…

Republicans plot unified position on shutdown crisis

The US House of Representatives held a rare Saturday session seeking to avoid a looming government shutdown, as Republican leaders struggled to stake out a position palatable to their divided members. Congress now has just 60 hours to strike a deal that funds government beyond the current fiscal year, which…

‘New Republic’ chief and Obama supporter Chris Hughes says separation of business and editorial is outdated

By Cale Guthrie Weissman On September 27, 2013Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder, Obama campaigner, and current owner and editor-in-chief of the New Republic, says he would repeat the most controversial move he’s made since the publication’s January…  …

American writer Philip Roth awarded France’s ‘Legion of Honor’

France has awarded US writer Philip Roth its highest decoration, the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), with the country’s foreign minister bestowing the award in New York. At a ceremony on Friday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in the Big Apple for the United Nations General Assembly, praised Roth’s prolific career…

The good, the bad and the ugly as fans take a trip to ‘Breaking Bad’ lands

Breaking Bad has swept the Emmys and gripped millions. Now, as the final episode is shown, the location is making a killing too It took a while for Albuquerque to embrace Breaking Bad. The depiction of a good man turning evil and unleashing drugs and violence across the city was…

Margaret Thatcher’s ashes laid to rest in London

The ashes of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher were laid to rest alongside the remains of her late husband Denis in London on Saturday, at a military nursing home she had long supported. An oak casket containing the ashes of Britain’s first and only female prime minister, who died…

Will Dianne Feinstein face Espionage Act charges?

So, we just discussed how it appears that Dianne Feinstein accidentally confirmed what was widely suspected: that the NSA is tapping the internet backbone to get access to emails. This is interesting on many levels, not the least of which is that Feinstein…  …

Cleanest air in 50 years! How did New York do it?

Those living in American cities may not be able to go out for a nonmetaphorical “breath of fresh air” quite yet, but there are signs of a remarkable rise in the quality of the nation’s air – even though pollution remains a threat to people’s health and contributes to global…

Leonard Bernstein’s letters reveal he nearly gave up on ‘West Side Story’

Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals It is regularly judged one of the best musicals of all time, yet West Side Story, with its famous Leonard Bernstein score, came close to being abandoned before it reached an audience. A new, comprehensive…

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