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Tesla Motor’s Model S is the safest car ever tested

Tesla Motor’s fully electric luxury sedan, the Model S, isn’t just the best car ever tested by Consumer Reports. It is also the safest car ever tested by U.S. regulators. The Tesla Model S has earned a 5-star safety rating, both overall and in each individual category, from the National…

Soldier who admitted to massacring Afghan villagers faces sentencing

The US Army sergeant who massacred 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 was expected to face survivors of the assault and relatives of its victims Tuesday as his sentencing hearing began. Robert Bales, 40, pleaded guilty in June to killing the villagers, nine of them children, and to burning their bodies,…

Two ‘bored’ teens who gunned down Australian baseball player charged with murder

Two US teenagers who shot dead an Australian baseball player because they were “bored” were charged with murder on Tuesday, local authorities said. Chris Lane, 22, was shot in the back while out jogging on Friday and left to die after being randomly targeted by the teenagers in the small…

Guantanamo detainee complains of ‘psychological torture’

A Yemeni accused of the September 11 attacks walked out of a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday, claiming that the lack of food he received amounts to “psychological torture.” Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five men on trial over the hijacking and crashing of airliners that killed almost 3,000 people…

Al-Jazeera America goes live, woos viewers

Al-Jazeera America went live Tuesday, accompanied by a campaign of traditional and social media for its cable channel launch, as it pledged to outdo its rivals with serious, in-depth journalism. “We’re on the air! #AlJazeeraAmerica has just launched, and we’re live. Are you ready to take a new look at…

New Zealand volcano shoots steam 1.24 miles into the air

A volcano off New Zealand sent a plume of steam two kilometres (1.24 miles) into the air Tuesday, although volcanologists described the eruption as small and said it was over in minutes. The GeoNet monitoring service said White Island, an uninhabited landmark off the North Island’s Bay of Plenty, erupted…

Muslim Brotherhood may go back underground to survive Egyptian military crackdown

A campaign of repression by Egypt’s government against the Muslim Brotherhood could force the group back into the shadows, once again becoming a clandestine organisation. A return to the underground could allow the group, which has seen its victorious presidential candidate ousted from office and its top leaders arrested, a…

NSA releases rule violations to journalists that are almost entirely blacked out

Last week, the Washington Post published an internal audit finding the NSA had violated privacy rules thousands of times in recent years. In response, the spy agency held a rare conference call for the press maintaining that the violations are “not willful” and “not malicious.” It’s difficult to fully evaluate…

‘Guardian’ editor: Destroying hard drives allowed us to continue NSA coverage

Guardian editor-in-chief says he agreed to ‘slightly pointless’ task because newspaper has digital copies outside Britain. Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor-in-chief, has said that the destruction of computer hard drives containing information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden allowed the paper to continue reporting on the revelations instead of surrendering…

Legislative leader pushes to fight hunger with subsidized grain for 70 percent of India’s population

India’s ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a landmark public food scheme for hundreds of millions of people, declaring it would banish hunger and be free of corruption. Gandhi told hundreds of cheering supporters that 800 million Indians would benefit from the scheme, aimed at fighting endemic…

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