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Obama says he and Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani have swapped letters

Barack Obama has revealed an exchange of letters with Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani but warned his reluctance to strike Syria should not devalue US threats of force to thwart an Iranian nuclear bomb. The US president, in an interview aired Sunday, publicly confirmed the outreach to Rowhani for the…

Low wages –the flip-side to booming German economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel often boasts during the campaign for September 22 elections that Germany has one of Europe’s lowest jobless rates — at around 6.8 percent. But it comes at a price. As many as three million people in Europe’s top economy earn less than six euros ($7.90) per hour,…

Iraq attacks kill 39 as official escapes assassination

Attacks across Iraq, including more than a dozen car bombs, killed 39 people on Sunday while the head of Baghdad’s provincial council escaped an assassination attempt on his convoy. The violence was the latest in months of unrelenting bloodshed, the country’s worst since 2008, that has sparked concern Iraq is…

NYPD attempt to subdue ‘disturbed individual,’ shoot elderly woman with walker instead

Two bystanders were shot by New York police officers who were trying to subdue what NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly called “an emotionally disturbed man.” Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday night, officers noticed a man on foot weaving in and out of traffic near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. They…

Police shoot, kill unarmed black man seeking assistance after ‘serious’ car accident

On Saturday, police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 24-year-old man they now believe was seeking help after a being involved in a serious car accident. Police Chief Rodney Monroe described the events of the evening, which ended in one of his officers, Randall Kerrick, turning himself in…

‘Net neutrality’ debate may decide future of Netflix

Debate is back on in Washington on US regulations on “net neutrality” which bar Internet broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against services or content. A court case for which arguments were held this month brought by Verizon, one of the largest Internet service providers, challenges the “Open Internet” rule…

Canadian Muslims protest Montreal ban on religious garb

Thousands of mostly Muslim protesters took to the street in Montreal to express anger at a plan to ban public sector workers from wearing religious garb in Quebec. The prohibition of headscarves, turbans and other religious garments is part of a proposed overhaul of the Canadian province’s “Charter of Values.”…

China welcomes US-Russia deal on Syria

China’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the deal between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons “The Chinese side welcomes the general agreement between the US and Russia. This agreement will enable tensions in Syria to be eased,” Wang Yi said at a meeting with his visiting…

Japan now nuclear-free as last reactor is shut off

Japan is to start the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor Sunday for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power. The move will leave the world’s third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima…

War on Science continues: plan to create science laureate falters in Congress

What began as a seemingly nonpartisan proposal to name an honorary unpaid Science Laureate of the United States in the same vein as the US Poet Laureate has fallen on the rocks of partisan rancor in Washington. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI)…

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