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Bill de Blasio wins NYC Democratic primary, may avoid runoff election

New York City Public advocate Bill de Blasio, who was criticized by outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), is closer to replacing Bloomberg after winning the local Democratic primary Tuesday night. WNYC-FM reported that de Blasio managed to win 40 percent of Democratic voters. If his lead holds,…

Fresh & Easy supermarket chain sold to U.S. investment group

Britain’s biggest retailer, supermarket group Tesco, said Tuesday it had struck a deal to sell most of its loss-making US West Coast chain Fresh & Easy to investment group Yucaipa. Tesco, which in April had announced plans to offload Fresh & Easy, said Yucaipa would acquire more than 150 stores…

Tropical Storm Gabrielle hammers Bermuda while drawing closer

Tropical Storm Gabrielle was battering Bermuda with heavy rains and powerful winds, as US forecasters warned it was strengthening and moving closer to the popular vacation spot. Gabrielle, with maximum sustained winds near 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, was some 30 miles (45 kilometers) south of Bermuda, the National…

New documents show NSA routinely spied on phone records unrelated to terrorism cases

US intelligence officials declassified documents Tuesday revealing the National Security Agency violated privacy rules for three years when it sifted phone records of Americans with no suspected links to terrorists. The revelations raised fresh questions about the NSA’s ability to manage the massive amount of data it collects and whether…

U.S. bans sale and trade of white rhino horns

The last remaining species of rhinoceros that is not endangered will receive new US protection due to an intensifying poaching crisis, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. The southern white rhinoceros, found mainly in South Africa, will now be considered “threatened,” which bars their sale and trade in the United States…

Eight immigrants injured in auto accident on their way to deportation

Eight undocumented immigrants and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were injured Tuesday morning when their van blew a tire and rolled off the highway in south Texas, KGBT-TV reported. The accident occurred as the immigrants from Honduras were being taken from the Port Isabel Detention Center to the Coastal…

Protester’s death sparks angry new demonstrations in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul Tuesday to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people rallied on the outskirts of Taksim Square, scene of unprecedented mass anti-government protests in June, and shouted…

Johns Hopkins dean apologizes for removal of professor’s NSA-related blog

‘Inadequate information’ led a dean to take down a professor’s post, an act that caused a row over academic freedoms A Johns Hopkins University dean has apologised and insisted he is “supportive of academic freedom” after ordering a cryptography professor to take down a blog post which criticised the National…

Polish Muslims call national Halal slaughter ban illegal under EU law

Poland’s Muslim community on Tuesday said a controversial nationwide ban on halal and kosher slaughter, which has spurred intense debate at home and abroad, was invalid under European law. The EU directive “applies in Poland and in this case it supersedes national law,” Poland’s top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz,…

Israel closes probe into Palestinian activist’s death

Israel’s army has decided to close an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian activist during a West Bank demonstration in 2009, an Israeli rights group said Tuesday. According to B’Tselem, the military’s prosecutor general had decided to close the case for lack of evidence. Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, who…

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