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Former PM Berlusconi calls for ‘stable’ Italian government or new elections

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday called for either a strong new government or a fresh round of votes, while centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani rapped his political rivals for grandstanding during a deadlock that followed inconclusive elections. Bersani’s coalition got the most votes in the February 24-25 ballot but failed…

New Senate immigration deal would include visas for 336,000 farm workers

Immigration reform: Farm-worker compromise brings bill a step closer to Senate floor (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A worker trims a Vidalia onion plant before planting its roots into the soil on a farm in Lyons, Ga. Immigration legislation aims to overhaul the nation’s agriculture worker…

Ecuador announces plans to launch first two satellites into space

Ecuador will launch its first satellite into space from China in two weeks, President Rafael Correa announced Saturday. “It’s not a satellite bought in another country, it’s a satellite made in Ecuador,” Correa said proudly during his weekly address of the homegrown engineering team. The “Pegaso” (pegasus) nanosatellite will be…

U.S. and China announce cybersecurity collaboration amid hacking dispute

China and the US, which are embroiled in a bitter dispute over hacking, have agreed to set up a cybersecurity working group, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. “All of us, every nation, has an interest in protecting its people, protecting its rights, protecting its infrastructure,” he…

Portuguese union rallies thousands in anti-austerity protest

Thousands of people on Saturday rallied in the streets of Lisbon to protest rising poverty resulting from the government’s belt-tightening measures. The anti-poverty march was organised by Portugal’s leading union, the CGTP, and capped about a week of protest activities that have been held throughout the eurozone country. “Unemployment in…

Homeless man arrested for allegedly setting 63-year-old on fire

A 39-year-old homeless man was arrested on Friday night for allegedly setting another man on fire inside his car. Witnesses told KABC-TV that the victim, a 63-year-old man, was approached by the unidentified suspect while he was parked outside a convenience store in Long Beach, California. The victim refused to…

For many Venezuelans, Hugo Chavez lives on in ink

The body of Hugo Chavez may not have been embalmed and put on display for eternity but on the arms, legs and breasts of devoted Venezuelans, “el Comandante” will live on forever. As Venezuela prepares to elect Chavez’s successor on Sunday, the booming personality cult surrounding the late former president…

Guantanamo hunger strikers in lockdown after secret, pre-dawn cell raid

U.S. soldiers reportedly raided communal cellblocks at Guantanamo Prison in Cuba and hustled hunger striking inmates at gunpoint into single, maximum security cells on Saturday. According to the Miami Herald, prison authorities conducted the maneuver only hours after International Commitee of the Red Cross personnel left the island and under…

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigns

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. “Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” the official told…

‘Tactical Response’ CEO James ‘Start Killing People’ Yeager gets back gun license

James Yeager, the Tennessee security contractor whose concealed carry permit was revoked in January when the threatened to “start killing people” over gun control, has gotten his license back. The Tactical Response CEO told Jackson, Tennessee’s WBBJ that while he has learned some “valuable lessons” along the way, he feels…

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