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Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets at garment workers seeking $100 month minimum wage

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of Bangladesh garment workers on Sunday during a second day of protests to demand a $100 minimum monthly wage, police said. Protesters threw stones and bricks at factories just outside the capital in Kaliakoir that make clothes for some of the…

U.S. ‘blackmailing’ Russia over Syria resolution: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. “Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won’t support a…

Hong Kong hunkers down for massive Typhoon Usagi

Severe Typhoon Usagi barrelled towards Hong Kong on Sunday, shutting down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and throwing flight schedules into disarray from Europe to the United States. Usagi packed winds of 165 kilometres (103 miles) per hour as it closed in on China’s densely populated Pearl River…

Israeli forces enter Nairobi mall: security source

Israeli forces on Sunday joined Kenyan efforts to end a deadly siege by Somali militants at a Nairobi shopping mall, a security source told AFP. “The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” the source told AFP on condition he not be named. In…

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor killed in Kenya mall attack

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead so far in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana’s president said Sunday. John Dramani Mahama said in a statement: “I am shocked to hear the death of Prof. Kofi Awoonor…

Twitter suspends al-Shabaab account after terrorists live-tweet attack

The Twitter account of Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels was suspended Saturday after they used the site to claim responsibility for an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that left 39 dead and 150 wounded. A message from Twitter on the English-language @HSM_Press account read that the account was suspended,…

Journalism professor suspended after tweet, ‘blood is on the hands’ of NRA

A journalism professor at the University of Kansas was placed on indefinite administrative leave Friday after he Tweeted about the Navy Yard shooting, saying “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.” Guth teaches media ethics, as well as strategic and…

A ‘crazy idea’ for a straights-only sorority at Smith goes viral

A Tumblr post from a Smith College student Thursday of an email she received calling for a straight-only sorority on campus quickly exploded through social media. The post by Tumblr user aquietriotter on the Lipstick Feminists page “So I have this crazy idea but tell me what you honestly think,”…

Naming the Dead’ project will name and number people killed by drone airstrikes to challenge CIA claims of no civilian deaths

A project launched on Monday aims to record properly the names and numbers of people who are killed by US drone airstrikes in Pakistan. The website, “Naming the Dead”, is an initiative by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), a not-for-profit organisation that has won awards for its work exposing…

Hackers arrested after hitting Barclays for £1.3million

Scotland Yard arrested eight people this week who they suspect of stealing £1.3 million ($2.1 million) from Barclays Bank customers in April using a physical device to intercept computer communications, police said Friday. Criminals connected a KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) device to a 3G router inside a Barclay’s Bank…

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