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Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets. The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with…

British prime minister: We’re not considering regime change in Syria

Any action against Syria would be aimed at “degrading” the regime’s alleged chemical weapons’ capability, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday. After announcing that the British parliament would be recalled on Thursday to debate possible action, Cameron described the use of chemical weapons as “morally indefensible”. But any military…

France ‘ready to punish’ Syria over chemical weapons strike

French President Francois Hollande upped the ante on Syria Tuesday, pledging to “punish” the regime over suspected chemical attacks and boost military support for the opposition. “France is ready to punish those who took the vile decision to gas innocent people,” he said in a televised speech, pointing the finger…

Miley Cyrus criticized for appropriating black culture for her own profit

Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the MTV awards has ignited an online firestorm, prompting calls for heads to roll at the station while leaving others wondering: what exactly is twerking? The former Disney child star, now 20, took to the stage at the awards ceremony in New York on Sunday…

Experimental drug cures 70 percent of patients with hepatitis C

An experimental drug combination cured 70 percent of patients with hepatitis C in early trials, offering hope of a simpler remedy for the chronic liver disease, US researchers said Tuesday. The phase II trial described in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) studied the effectiveness and safety of…

For unemployed black Americans, MLK ‘dream’ unfinished

Fifty years after the “dream” of racial equality invoked by Martin Luther King at the March on Washington, the reality is that African-Americans still suffer the most unemployment. Government statistics show the overall US unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent in July. But while whites had a jobless rate of…

New York Times says outage ‘most likely result of malicious external attack’

The New York Times said its website went down Tuesday after what appeared to be a “malicious external attack.” A security researcher said there were indications that the Syrian Electronic Army, which has attacked several media organizations, was the culprit. Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy made the announcement on Twitter, two…

Three hurt in hard ferry landing at New York’s Liberty island

A ferry carrying tourists to visit New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty made a hard landing on Tuesday, lightly injuring three passengers, the coastguard said. The boat, carrying 497 passengers and nine crew members, made “a hard landing” upon arrival at Liberty Island, coastguard spokesman Charles Rowe told AFP. He…

U.S. court grants Nigerian asylum-seeker the right to testify about his own torture in immigration court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided today that a Nigerian man, Olakunle Oshodi, will be allowed to testify fully at his deportation hearing about the torture he suffered as a political dissident at the hands of Nigerian officials before he fled his homeland. The eleven judge panel, sans three…

Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warns of ‘major cyber event’

Outgoing US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a “major cyber event” in the future that would have a “serious” impact on American society. In what she described as “a kind of open letter to my successor,” Napolitano warned of terrorist threats, major weather events and the…

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