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Two or three young Americans and one British woman among Kenya mall attackers: Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed

Two or three young American men and a British woman were among the group of attackers who stormed a Nairobi mall killing more than 60 people, Kenya’s top diplomat said. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, interviewed by US public broadcaster PBS, was asked about reports Americans and Britons were among…

Illinois judge fines Orland Park Patch editor Joseph Hosey $300 a day over refusal to reveal sources

Journalist ruled to be in ‘minor direct criminal contempt’ It is open season on US journalists and their sources nowadays. An Illinois judge has fined a news website $300 a day because its editor refuses to reveal his sources. Joseph Hosey, who edits the hyperlocal news site Orland Park Patch,…

Best yogurt ever! Fake online reviews targeted by NY attorney general.

Best yogurt ever! Fake online reviews targeted by N.Y. attorney general. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Those with a discerning ear for huckster-speak may have always suspected that some of the gushing praise for online products was probably posted by company partisans. It’s an online technique sometimes called “astroturfing,” or…

Closing arguments due in Michael Jackson’s family’s suit against tour promoter

Lawyers in the trial pitting Michael Jackson’s family against his last tour promoter will begin making closing arguments Tuesday, after five months in court, officials said. His mother Katherine is suing AEG Live for allegedly negligently hiring doctor Conrad Murray and failing to properly supervise him in the months before…

Spanish journalist abducted in Syria

A special correspondent in Syria for the Spanish newspaper El Periodico has been kidnapped in the war-torn country, the paper announced late Monday in its online edition. “Journalist Marc Marginedas abducted in Syria”, the headline said, adding that Marginedas has been “in the hands of a rebel group since September…

Airline industry calls for carbon emissions plan by 2020

The airline industry’s mouthpiece called Monday for uniform global measures by 2020 to curb all aircraft carbon emissions, warning that a patchwork of competing proposals could emerge otherwise. And if that happens, it could lead to a proliferation of trade wars, International Air Transport Association general manager Tony Tyler said…

Five more bodies pulled from massive mudslide in Mexico

Rescuers have pulled five bodies from a massive mudslide that buried part of a village in southwestern Mexico, where 68 people were reported missing, the interior minister said Monday. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong did not indicate whether the bodies belonged to any of the people who were declared…

Google launches online archive of world’s constitutions

Internet giant Google launched an archive of the world’s constitutions Monday in a new online initiative designed to help countries emerging from conflicts or political crises. Launching the new site — www.constituteproject.org — in New York, Google officials said the aim was to help people drafting constitutions to see what…

Former FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking secrets to the Associated Press

A former FBI agent is pleading guilty to charges he leaked secrets to journalists about a failed Al-Qaeda plot in a case marked by the controversial seizure of reporters’ phone records, US prosecutors said Monday. The ex-agent, Donald Sachtleben, “willfully disclosed … national defense information to a person not authorized…

Iranian president Rowhani approached by American prisoners’ supporters

Supporters of two U.S. citizens jailed in Iran appealed for their freedom Monday as President Hassan Rowhani arrived for the U.N. General Assembly, with one handing him a letter. Rowhani, seen as a moderate, is paying a closely watched visit to the annual United Nations meeting as he seeks to…

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