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Kerry: US will push Mideast peace process forward

US Secretary of State John Kerry sought Sunday to calm fears that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are faltering, saying he remained hopeful there would be progress in the coming months. But he renewed his plea for the world — keen for a deal to end six decades of animosity between the…

Baylor University student body president vetoes LGBT-friendly non-discrimination policy

On Friday, a proposal to drop the phrase “homosexual acts” from Baylor University’s sexual misconduct policy was vetoed by Student Body President Wesley Hodges. Hodges told the Waco Tribune that he “truly believe[s] that Baylor treats its students with grace, love and truth, and in doing that seeks to accept…

Snowden: ‘Mass spy programs threaten freedom of expression’

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says mass secret service surveillance poses a threat to freedom of expression and open society, in a text published in a German news magazine Sunday. Snowden, who faces criminal charges in the US for leaking top-secret documents about the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) activities,…

Florida sheriff acquitted after citing ‘Second Amendment’ to release armed drunk driver

A Florida sheriff accused of releasing and altering the records of a suspected drunk driver arrested on a concealed weapon charge was acquitted of official misconduct by a six-person jury. Sheriff Nick Finch was accused of helping Floyd Parrish, who had been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the…

Ebay removes auctions for ‘Holocaust memorabilia’

EBay has apologised and removed from its listings about 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia after a British newspaper reported that items including a striped concentration camp uniform were on sale. The uniform, thought to have been worn by a Polish baker who died in the Auschwitz death camp, had an…

Bangladesh war crimes tribunal finds U.S. citizen guilty of murdering 18 intellectuals

A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the war of independence. The International Crimes Tribunal found Britain’s Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, guilty of murdering 18 intellectuals during the 1971…

Insects make eco-friendly buzz in Dutch kitchens

Cecile’s latest batch of students watched attentively as she launched into the last step of the dish — swirling grasshoppers around in a frying pan before setting them on the coucous. In their bid to find an environmentally-friendly alternative to meat, Richard, 41, Mariet, 53, and Seppo, 43, are looking…

Bill de Blasio cruising to election for New York mayor

- Left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio is poised to secure a landslide victory in New York’s mayoral elections next week after executing a near-flawless campaign. De Blasio, whose public sector background and policies sit uneasily with the gigantic wealth of the establishment, appears certain of election victory, possibly by a…

Deloitte promotes Mauritius as tax haven to avoid big payouts to poor African nations

A global consultancy giant has been accused of advising big business, including UK firms, on how to avoid paying tax in some of Africa’s poorest countries. ActionAid has obtained documentation showing that Deloitte, which employs more than 200,000 people in over 150 countries, has been advising foreign companies on how,…

Snowden meets German legislator in secret location

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he’s willing to help German officials investigate alleged US spying in Germany and to testify to US Congress if charges against him were dropped, a German lawmaker revealed on Friday. At a press conference in Berlin on Friday, German opposition lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said…

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