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Newlywed with ‘second thoughts’ allegedly pushed husband ‘face first off a cliff’

Newlywed Jordan Linn Graham appeared in federal court yesterday on felony charges of second-degree murder for allegedly pushing her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, off a cliff in Glacier National Park. Law enforcement believes that on the afternoon of July 7, 2013, just eight days after the couple had been married,…

A complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014? Don’t count on it

A US envoy on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Washington would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan after next year, saying that both countries wanted to preserve a smaller force. Aides to US President Barack Obama earlier this year openly mulled the so-called “zero option” of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan once…

Both sides of the Syrian war are mocking Obama

A Syrian caricature shows US President Barack Obama smile and pluck the petals of a daisy, as he wonders, “Should I bomb? Or shouldn’t I bomb?” As Obama delays a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime thought imminent just over a week ago, Syrians on both sides of their civil…

UN report: Afghan insurgents use marijuana fields as hiding places

The amount of Afghan farmland planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province launched a fierce eradication campaign, but a bumper crop meant that actual production rose compared with 2011, according to the UN. Officials in southern Uruzgan province, which borders Kandahar and Helmand, largely…

Religiosity continuing to decline in Britain

The number of Britons who are religious has declined significantly in the last 30 years and the number of adherents to the established Church of England has halved, a survey revealed on Tuesday. Just 52 percent of people said they belong to a religion, down from 68 percent in 1983,…

Switzerland decides 16-year-old girls can no longer be prostitutes

The Swiss parliament voted Tuesday to raise the legal prostitution age from 16 to 18, tightening the country’s liberal sex-trade laws to bring them in line with European standards. The lower house of parliament voted to change the Swiss penal code to make it illegal to pay for sex with…

Indonesia’s forestry minister wants to deport Harrison Ford for ‘attacking’ him with questions

Indonesia’s forestry minister has accused Hollywood legend Harrison Ford of subjecting him to a rude interview on climate change that left him “shocked”, an official said Tuesday. The “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” actor, who is making part of an environmental documentary in Indonesia, attacked the minister with questions during…

Three-year-old special needs child ‘starved like people in concentration camps starved’ by parents

The parents of Nathalyz Rivera were arrested on suspicion of homicide and child abuse after the three-year-old, who had been born blind and with Down syndrome, was brought to Philadelphia’s Einstein Medical Center and pronounced dead. She weighed eleven pounds, and her body was covered in festering wounds that doctors…

Syria tentatively accepts Russia’s suggestion they surrender chemical weapons arsenal

Moscow is currently in talks with Damascus to develop a “concrete plan” for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We (Russia) are currently working on preparing a workable, precise and concrete plan and for this there are literally right…

Steve Jobs is ‘big brother’ and smartphone users are ‘zombies’ in NSA cell phone tapping presentation

< Just in case you’re not convinced the intelligence community views the public (American or otherwise) as little more than exploitable data generators, two paragraphs from Der Spiegel’s full article on the NSA’s cell phone exploits should do the trick…  …

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