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Terminally ill Louisiana prisoner denied release despite court order

Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called ‘Angola Three’ who has just days to live, at the centre of unseemly legal tussle A gruesome legal battle over the fate of a dying man is being played out at the Hunt correctional center in St Gabriel, Louisiana, as state authorities refuse…

U.S. official: Deal to simplify global trade ‘clearly doable’

Countries have a real chance of clinching a deal to ease global trade at a Bali summit in December, ending years of deadlocked negotiations, the top US trade official said Tuesday. “A strong, binding trade facilitation agreement clearly is doable,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman told delegates at the World…

Egypt suspends tourism with Iran out of security concerns

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said on Tuesday that tourism links with Iran had been suspended for reasons of “national security,” state television reported. Flights bringing Iranian tourists to Egypt began under now ousted president Mohamed Morsi, amid a thaw in relations between Cairo and Tehran. But they were met…

Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York

A portrait of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thought lost for two centuries, has turned up in New York, having been bought for less than a hundredth of its probable value. The artwork, painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1813 when Britain and Prussia were threatening to occupy France, shows Napoleon I…

Four tons of radioactive water spilled in accident at Fukushima nuclear plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday workers had spilled four tonnes of radioactive water, likely contaminating the soil and possibly groundwater. Workers were pumping rain water that was trapped in a concrete gutter into an empty 12-tonne tank that sat on open soil, said a spokesman…

FAA panel: Relax rules on using personal devices in-flight

An advisory panel to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has urged regulators to allow some personal electronics to be used throughout flight, a move hailed by consumer groups Tuesday. The recommendations would allow devices for reading, playing games or watching videos to be operated on an airplane at any altitude,…

Israel ready to tackle nuclear Iran ‘alone’

Israel is ready to act “alone” to stop Iran making a nuclear bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in a hardline warning against rushing into deals with the new leadership in Tehran. “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel…

As red states push for more restrictions, California expands access to abortions

When you read about abortion these days, the news is mostly about restrictions—new state laws, regulations, and court challenges that aim (depending on your point of view) either to make the procedure safer for women or to put providers out of business. But California is going in the opposite direction,…

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Texas lieutenant governor on abortion filibuster: We passed the bill thanks to security

At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said the key to legislative victory was keeping people out of the Capitol building. Dewhurst presided over the Texas Senate in June as state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered anti-abortion legislation. When questioned about how he handled the…

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