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Mexico launches investigation into sportswriter’s shooting death

Gunmen killed a Mexican sports journalist who was driving in a car in the northern state of Sinaloa, officials said Tuesday. Three carloads of gunmen chased Alberto Angulo Gerardo’s car and fired when he refused to stop in the small town of Angostura, a police official told AFP on condition…

Reporters Without Borders slams Egypt for ‘threats to freedom of information’

The Reporters Without Borders watchdog on Tuesday condemned Egypt’s arrest and military trials of journalists and denounced the suspension of a popular television show by a controversial satirist. “This new wave of threats to freedom of information in Egypt is especially disturbing,” the group said. “Arbitrary arrests and hauling journalists…

Illinois House vote paves the way for marriage equality

Cheers rang out in the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday as a bill legalizing marriage equality was approved by the bare minimum, guaranteeing that it will become the 15th state to do so. The Chicago Tribune reported that the state Senate quickly concurred with the House’s 61-54 vote. The…

Russia set to meet with Syrian opposition

Russian representatives and members of the Syrian opposition are set to meet in Geneva Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Russian media. “We will hold a whole series of contacts with the Syrian opposition,” he was quoted as saying late Tuesday by the Interfax news agency. “A large number…

Apple questions government ‘gag order’ on data requests

Apple on Tuesday released details of government requests for its data while protesting a “gag order” that limits what can be disclosed about US national security orders. The iPhone and iPad maker followed the lead of other US tech giants and released its first report on requests from governments around…

Italian lawmakers to vote on booting Berlusconi after fraud conviction

Italy’s Senate on Tuesday announced it will vote on November 27 on whether to strip former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of his seat under a law banning convicted criminals from parliament. Ejection from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud would mean Berlusconi being out of parliament for the…

Hungary orders aluminum company to pay victims for 2010 disaster

A Budapest court ordered the operator of an industrial plant Tuesday to pay compensation over Hungary’s worst environmental disaster when a huge flood of toxic sludge killed 10 people in 2010. The Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company (MAL) has to pay 32 million forints (108,000 euros, $145,000) to a…

Brazil cancels lavish soccer convention as unrest in Rio continues

Organisers on Tuesday called off the Soccerex global football convention in Rio de Janeiro after the state government withdrew support amid ongoing civil unrest, scuppering a meeting of some 4,000 of the sport’s top decision makers. “It is with great disappointment that we must confirm that the final Soccerex Global…

U.N. officials vow: We have not forgotten 840,000 Afghan refugees

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has “not forgotten” the 840,000 Afghan refugees in Iran, an official from the body said on a visit to Tehran on Tuesday. “The whole world is at the moment very much focused on the Syria crisis, it is also important that UNHCR show we…

Lost Jorge Luis Borges recordings resurface in Spain

Hours of forgotten tape recordings of the master Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges have turned up in Spain and may soon be published, his widow and associates said on Tuesday. The recordings contain five hours of lectures given in 1965 by Borges, who was seen as one of the most…

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