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Here are the consequences of first government shutdown in 17 years

The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns — for six days in November 1995 and…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war

At least 115,206 people have been killed in Syria’s devastating 30-month conflict, most of them fighters from both sides, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of 115,206 people from the start of Syria’s revolution on March 18, 2011 to September…

United Nations decries widespread use of torture in Libya

Torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres run by brigades which emerged during the 2011 revolution, a UN report said Tuesday, urging Tripoli to bring all facilities under full state control. “The report indicates that torture is widespread and most frequent immediately after arrest and during the first days of…

Russia ‘to charge Greenpeace group with piracy’

Greenpeace activists detained in Russia for an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling will on Wednesday be formally charged with piracy, the Interfax news agency said, citing an unnamed source. If found guilty, the 30 detained activists could face a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail. “They will be…

Buck Angel describes his experience growing up as a transgender man

Monday night on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, transgender pornstar Buck Angel and LGBT advocate explained what it was like growing up as a transgender person. Angel was born a girl but always felt like a “he.” His gender identity didn’t become a problem until he reached puberty, he said.…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: GOP can’t accept they lost in 2012

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz blamed Republicans early Tuesday morning for shutting down the government by attaching anti-Obamacare measures to an emergency spending bill. “The government shutdown is an act of gross irresponsibility on the part of House Republicans who are unwilling to accept the fact that 11 months ago,…

So far, voters are blaming Republicans for government shutdown

A new poll shows most voters blame Republicans for the government shutdown that went into effect overnight. According to a poll released Tuesday morning by Quinnipiac University, 55 percent of voters say gridlock in Washington was caused by Republicans who are determined to block any initiative by President Barack Obama,…

‘Sex jihad’ almost certainly a hoax

Over the past few weeks, various media outlets have been awash with sensational stories of an alleged “sex jihad” taking place in parts of Syria controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of Muslim women, notably from Tunisia, are reportedly going to Syria to offer themselves to jihadist fighters as a sign…

Assad will remain in office and may run for re-election, Syrian official says

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will remain in office, and has the right to decide to run for re-election next year, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said on Tuesday. “Syria is staying put: the state, the nation, the people and the president. This is the Syrians’ choice,” Zohbi told journalists. “All the…

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