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Twitter suspends accounts connected to Kenyan mall attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Pentagon warns soldiers they might not be paid on time because of Congress

The Pentagon warned its workforce on Monday that it is preparing for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to break a political impasse. If US government agencies are forced to shutter, American troops around the world would stay on the job and some civilian employees would be ordered on…

Ten Commandments statue outside Supreme Court toppled by vandals

A monument of the Ten Commandments erected by Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian group, was toppled over the weekend. The statue faces the private entrance to the Supreme Court, and many congresspeople and their staff members must pass it on their way into nearby office buildings. The founder of…

Guardian editor: Internet makes global snooping possible, but harder to hide

Alan Rusbridger keeps a memento of the most bizarre thing that’s happened to him during his journalism career. The Guardian editor carries a piece of the smashed MacBook circuit board destroyed at the order of British intelligence agents during their investigation into the newspaper’s reporting on the U.S government’s massive…

John Kerry: We stand with the Kenyan people

The United States is monitoring the bloody siege in a Kenyan shopping mall and will stand with the country’s people in the days ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. “Ruthless and valueless terrorists remain a serious challenge everywhere in the world as we all know, whether…

Football player removes glove and notices his middle finger has gone ‘missing’

While tackling New Orleans Saints’ running back Darren Sproles during a punt return on Sunday, Arizona Cardinal safety and special teams specialist Rashad Johnson “lost” his finger above the first knuckle. He didn’t even notice the injury at first. According to the Arizona Republic‘s Kent Somers, Johnson walked to the…

Museum foils Kelly Clarkson’s attempt to keep rare Jane Austen ring

US singer Kelly Clarkson has been foiled in her attempt to take home a ring once owned by Jane Austen, after a British museum said on Monday it had raised enough money to buy it back. The 31-year-old singer bought the ring at an auction last year, but the British…

Anti-gay activist says pope wrong on gays: ‘Satan’s earthly minions’ intend to destroy church

An anti-gay activist on Friday suggested Pope Francis was “naïve” to doubt the intentions of what he described as “Satan’s earthly minions” to destroy the Catholic Church by promoting homosexuality. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, took issue with comments the pope made last week suggesting the…

Westgate mall terrorist attack has roots in Kenya’s intervention in Somalia

The ongoing situation at the Westgate mall in Nairobi is the latest manifestation of the increasingly tangled ties between Kenya and its anarchic Horn of Africa neighbour Somalia. Somalia has been without a recognised central government since 1991, when President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown. The country has since splintered…

Colin Farrell and Paula Patton to star in World of Warcraft movie: report

Actors Colin Farrell and Paula Patton are reportedly under active consideration for the lead roles in Warcraft, the film adaptation of the Warcraft videogames to be directed by Source Code’s Duncan Jones. According to Deadline, Patton “is negotiating for a lead role” and “another lead has been offered to” Farrell.…

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