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United Nations has no doubt sarin gas was used in Syria

The United Nations said Monday there is clear evidence that rockets carried sarin gas into a Damascus suburb and that there has been widescale use of chemical arms in the Syria war. UN leader Ban Ki-moon slammed the use of banned poison arms as a war crime and called on…

‘Disruptive’ 9/11 suspect expelled from Guantanamo courtroom

One of five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks was expelled from a Guantanamo courtroom Monday after trying to speak without permission. The incident involving Yemeni Ramzi Binalshibh happened shortly after the start of a new round of preliminary hearings at the US military facility in Cuba.…

Senator Elizabeth Warren says Janet Yellen a ‘terrific’ choice to succeed Ben Bernanke

Rebel Democrats on Monday threw their weight behind a growing campaign for Janet Yellen to take over the US Federal Reserve, as their successful revolt against White House pick Larry Summers emboldened those calling for tougher policy toward Wall Street. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of four banking committee members who…

U.S. murder rate higher than nearly all other developed countries: FBI data

Violent crime in the United States remained close to two-decade lows last year but the murder rate was higher than in virtually all other developed countries, official figures showed Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that violent crime inched up 0.7 percent in 2012 from the previous year, while…

Obama laments ‘yet another mass shooting’

US President Barack Obama on Monday condemned a “cowardly” shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and vowed a “seamless” operation to administer justice to those responsible. “As this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,”…

Kansas rejects marijuana advocacy group’s bid to adopt a highway

The marijuana legalization group Fire It Up Kansas was denied the ability to adopt a highway because, they allege, of their group’s beliefs. “We don’t see any reason for the rejection, other than we like to tell the truth about cannabis,” said founder Mike Golden. State officials say that it’s…

U.S. stocks rally after Larry Summers’s withdrawal of Federal Reserve candidacy

US stocks Monday followed global markets higher, rallying on Larry Summers’s withdrawal as a candidate to lead the US Federal Reserve. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 148.37 (0.96 percent) to 15,524.43 The broad-based S&P 500 shot up 15.68 (0.93 percent) to 1,703.67, while the tech-rich…

Dispute over Immanuel Kant reportedly at heart of Russian shooting

Russian authorities in the port city of Rostov-on-Don say that, over the weekend, an argument about the German philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in gunplay. According to a police spokeswoman, Viktoria Safarova, the men were waiting in line to buy beer on Sunday when they struck up a conversation about the…

Titanic bandmaster’s violin to go on display in Northern Ireland

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the liner sank beneath the waves is to go on display at a museum marking the tragedy in Northern Ireland, officials said Monday. The instrument belonging to Wallace Hartley was found strapped to his body after he drowned with some…

Thousands flee as volcano erupts in Indonesia

Nearly six thousand people have fled their homes on Indonesia’s Sumatra island after a huge volcanic eruption at the weekend, officials said, as the volcano belched out more smoke Monday. Mount Sinabung in the Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted before dawn on Sunday, spewing rocks and red-hot ash…

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