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Southern Baptist Convention ‘sincerely sorry’ for offensive Asian imagery

The retail arm of the largest US Protestant denomination has apologized to Asian Americans for using stereotypical images including rickshaws. For its summer Bible school, a unit of the Southern Baptist Convention promoted to children a “Far Out Far East Rickshaw Rally: Racing to the Son.” Advertisements included images of…

Albania has become Europe’s main marijuana supplier

Every morning, thousands of women, men and children climb a steep road towards an Albanian village almost veiled in white smoke, hoping to get seasonal work in the surrounding fields. Young and old, from all over the country, they meet shortly after sunrise at the entrance to this mountain-side village,…

British commando found guilty of murdering wounded Afghan

A British commando was found guilty Friday of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent by shooting the captured man in the chest. The Royal Marine, known only as Marine A, was found guilty of murdering the unknown Afghan national in the southern Helmand Province in 2011. Two others, Marines B and…

Anti-discrimination group demands California high school retire its ‘angry Arab’ mascot

Yesterday, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) contacted the Coachella Valley Unified School District about Coacheella Valley High’s “angry Arab” mascot. “ADC is appalled at the use of a caricature depicted to be an ‘Arab’ as the official mascot of the high school,” wrote Abed Ayoub, the ADC’s director of legal…

Nanotechnology scientists in Mexico targeted in terrorist attacks by shadowy ‘anarcho-primitivists’

A chain of terrorist attacks has struck scientists in Mexico since 2011. Similar actions were taken in Switzerland in 2010 and in Italy in 2012. The Mexican attacks have been claimed by a group called Individuals Tending Towards Savagery (ITS). Their texts are littered with references to Theodore Kaczynski (the…

Texas company claims it can ’3-D print’ a working handgun

An Austin, Texas company claims it can almost recreate the famed 1911 pistol designed by John Browning on a 3-D printer. The company, Solid Concepts, created almost all the parts of the gun via direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). It could not, however, print out the recoil or firing springs.…

‘Miss Universe’ and MSNBC host Thomas Roberts slams Russia for ‘demonizing’ LGBT people

US television host Thomas Roberts, who is in Moscow to present Miss Universe contest and is openly gay, has condemned Russia’s homophobic legislation in what he called dark times for the country. “The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,” Roberts told…

U.S. economy adds surprise 204,000 jobs in October

The US economy added a surprise 204,000 jobs in October despite the government shutdown, double what analysts forecast, the Labor Department reported Friday. With revisions that added 60,000 net new jobs to the previous two months’ numbers, the data painted a better picture than expected of job growth in the…

American hotel giant Marriott to pull out of Athens after 30-year run

American hotel giant Marriott International will pull out of Athens after a 30-year run, a local representative for the hotel said on Friday. “We had a 30-year contract which runs out on December 31. After discussions, both sides agreed not to renew,” Andreas Meletiou told AFP. “The hotel will continue…

High-profile Guantanamo prisoner Abu Zubaydah’s secret diaries leaked

Al Jazeera America published Thursday part of the secret personal diaries of one of Guantanamo’s most high-profile prisoners, with records of meetings with Al-Qaeda’s chieftains. The six volumes of Abu Zubaydah’s diaries, which span more than a decade from his student years to just before his March 2002 capture, were…

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