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Police violence marks country’s first ‘gay pride’ march

Police in Montenegro clashed Sunday with hundreds of protestors who hurled stones and firecrackers at participants in the first Gay Pride march to be held in the staunchly conservative country’s capital. Officers used tear gas and clubs against protestors at the march in Podgorica, the capital of the Balkan country…

U.N. torture investigator seeks access to California’s prison isolation units

Juan Mendez, the United Nation’s special monitor on torture, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that he wanted access to California prisons in order to determine whether inmates held in solitary were having their rights protected. He argued that “[w]e should have more justification” for placing prisoners in isolated…

Alex Jones at unprecedented gun rights rally at Alamo: ‘If it’s a war they want, it’s a war they’ll get’

Gun rights activists gathered yesterday at the Alamo to protest any and all laws that would prohibit them from openly carrying firearms. The “Come and Take It San Antonio!” rally broke a longstanding Texas tradition of not using the symbol of its independence as a political prop. From 1905 until…

To mark grim Hurricane Sandy anniversary, groups plan to light up the New Jersey shore

With thousands of residents still displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy, groups throughout the region are planning to bring some light to an otherwise grim anniversary. On the evening of Oct. 29, exactly one year since the powerful storm made…  …

‘Psychopath’ character in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ tells you what it’s like to be him

You do not want to fuck with me. I am driven by pure, unadulterated resentment. I kill without remorse and light cars on fire just to see what will happen. As far as I am concerned there is no tomorrow. I live in a…  …

Peru’s Air Force reviving team to investigate UFO’s

Peru’s air force has said it is reviving a department to research anomalous aerial phenomena — in other words, UFO sightings. For people “who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information,” Colonel Julio Vucetich said…

‘Guardian’ scoops up two online journalism awards for NSA coverage

Britain’s The Guardian scooped up two awards for online journalism on Saturday for its coverage of the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The Guardian’s exposure of the electronic surveillance by the US spy agency was honored in the categories of innovative investigative journalism…

Madagascar’s real-life lemurs face extinction within 20 years

Immortalised in the hit cartoon “Madagascar”, real-life lemurs face extinction within 20 years short of drastic action to tackle the poverty driving islanders to poach the primates and destroy their habitat. Each year that passes hastens the decline of the saucer-eyed primates, as the Indian Ocean island’s people struggle for…

Delhi hospitals overflow with victims of mysterious dengue fever epidemic

Factory worker Mohammad Awwal is gripped by fever, sweats and the sort of agonising aches that mean his condition is sometimes called “breakbone disease”. It’s an annual plague in India and a hidden epidemic, say experts. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease with no known cure or vaccination that strikes…

Museum featuring Diego Rivera auto industry-themed murals could fall victim to Detroit bankruptcy

There are few places where the former majesty of the US auto industry is more keenly captured than among the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Those stunning, sun-drenched walls could be lost to public view if the museum’s collection is allowed to be even partially sold…

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