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Judges call for U.S. to declassify NSA radio intercepts related to 1961 death of UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

Commission appeals to US to declassify NSA radio intercepts of warplanes in area where Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed An international panel of retired judges has called for a new United Nations inquiry into the death in 1961 of the UN secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in an air crash in Zambia. It…

President Bashar Assad tells CBS: U.S. will ‘pay the price’ if it attacks Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Washington on Monday to brace for retaliation if US forces attacked his war-torn country, as he denied using chemical weapons against his people. “You’re going to pay the price if you’re not wise. There are going to be repercussions,” Assad told CBS television’s “This Morning.”…

U.S. Navy triples funding for clean energy in Hawaii to $30 million

) The US Navy has just pumped $30 million into the Energy Excelerator, a funding agency for renewable energy start-ups in Hawaii. That triples the agency’s operating funding over the past three years, and it gives the ol’ Bronx cheer to certain legislators…  …

Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA’s ability to tap your mobile phone

The latest article coming out of Ed Snowden’s documents is reported in the German publication Spiegel and details how the NSA is able to access data from basically every popular mobile phone/operating system: The United States’ National Security Agency…  …

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the Red Planet face untold risk of mental illness Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022.…

Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

59 percent of Americans oppose strike on Syria: CNN/ORC International poll

The American public strongly opposes a US military intervention in Syria, despite a majority believing that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime gassed its own people, a poll showed Monday. Almost six in 10 of the 1,022 adults questioned — 59 percent — said Congress should not pass a resolution authorizing even…

‘Too fat’ South African wins New Zealand deportation reprieve

An overweight South African threatened with deportation from New Zealand because of his obesity was Monday granted a 23-month reprieve. However, Albert Buitenhuis will not be entitled to any publicly-funded health care over the next two years, associate Immigration Minister Nikki Kaye said. Buitenhuis — who now weighs 130 kilograms…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizes ‘out-of-sync’ EU Syria statements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticised the timing of European Union members’ out-of-sync statements calling for a “strong” response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime. With the United States seeking to rally international support for punitive strikes on Syria in the wake of what it…

58-year-old Uruguayan man lost in Andes for four months found in Argentina

Argentine authorities have rescued a 58-year-old Uruguayan man who had been lost in the Andes mountains since May. Raul Gomez Cincunegui was spotted at the Sardina mountain shelter on Sunday, at an altitude of some 4,500 meters (nearly 15,000 feet) in the Los Patos Sur valley. Police then transferred him…

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