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North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Texas lieutenant governor on abortion filibuster: We passed the bill thanks to security

At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said the key to legislative victory was keeping people out of the Capitol building. Dewhurst presided over the Texas Senate in June as state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered anti-abortion legislation. When questioned about how he handled the…

GOP forces government shutdown over health reform law, but Obamacare launches anyway

A key stage of President Barack Obama’s drive to offer cheaper health insurance to millions of Americans opened Tuesday despite a government shutdown but technical glitches blocked many users from signing up. Republican opposition to the plan forced the US government to close its doors and kept hundreds of thousands…

North Korea warns rival South against ‘destructive’ clash

North Korea warned rival South Korea it risks triggering a “destructive” showdown and accused the United States of abusing its power on the UN Security Council, in a fiery address Tuesday. Hours after South Korea paraded a missile capable of pinpoint strikes across the border, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister…

Senate rejects House Republicans demand for a conference

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a House demand to negotiate a budget compromise aimed at ending the day-old government shutdown, leaving lawmakers envisioning no quick solution to the crisis. After a series of back-and-forth bills yielded no progress Monday in the frantic hours before federal agencies began closing their…

Here are the consequences of first government shutdown in 17 years

The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns — for six days in November 1995 and…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war

At least 115,206 people have been killed in Syria’s devastating 30-month conflict, most of them fighters from both sides, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of 115,206 people from the start of Syria’s revolution on March 18, 2011 to September…

United Nations decries widespread use of torture in Libya

Torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres run by brigades which emerged during the 2011 revolution, a UN report said Tuesday, urging Tripoli to bring all facilities under full state control. “The report indicates that torture is widespread and most frequent immediately after arrest and during the first days of…

Russia ‘to charge Greenpeace group with piracy’

Greenpeace activists detained in Russia for an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling will on Wednesday be formally charged with piracy, the Interfax news agency said, citing an unnamed source. If found guilty, the 30 detained activists could face a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail. “They will be…

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