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U.S. bans sale and trade of white rhino horns

The last remaining species of rhinoceros that is not endangered will receive new US protection due to an intensifying poaching crisis, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. The southern white rhinoceros, found mainly in South Africa, will now be considered “threatened,” which bars their sale and trade in the United States…

Eight immigrants injured in auto accident on their way to deportation

Eight undocumented immigrants and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were injured Tuesday morning when their van blew a tire and rolled off the highway in south Texas, KGBT-TV reported. The accident occurred as the immigrants from Honduras were being taken from the Port Isabel Detention Center to the Coastal…

Protester’s death sparks angry new demonstrations in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul Tuesday to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people rallied on the outskirts of Taksim Square, scene of unprecedented mass anti-government protests in June, and shouted…

Johns Hopkins dean apologizes for removal of professor’s NSA-related blog

‘Inadequate information’ led a dean to take down a professor’s post, an act that caused a row over academic freedoms A Johns Hopkins University dean has apologised and insisted he is “supportive of academic freedom” after ordering a cryptography professor to take down a blog post which criticised the National…

Polish Muslims call national Halal slaughter ban illegal under EU law

Poland’s Muslim community on Tuesday said a controversial nationwide ban on halal and kosher slaughter, which has spurred intense debate at home and abroad, was invalid under European law. The EU directive “applies in Poland and in this case it supersedes national law,” Poland’s top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz,…

Israel closes probe into Palestinian activist’s death

Israel’s army has decided to close an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian activist during a West Bank demonstration in 2009, an Israeli rights group said Tuesday. According to B’Tselem, the military’s prosecutor general had decided to close the case for lack of evidence. Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, who…

Kerry calls on Assad to seize the chance for peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea to the Syrian regime to seize the moment Tuesday to try and make peace and help destroy its chemical weapons. The top US diplomat, who has been leading the Obama administration’s charge for military strikes, said he expected Russia would…

BMW accused of spying on Paris electric car-share company

The group that runs Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib’ said Tuesday it had filed a criminal complaint accusing German carmaker BMW of using spies to gather information on its electric cars. The Bollore group said it had filed the industrial espionage complaint after two employees of a firm employed by BMW…

School that sent home 7-year-old girl for ‘dreadlocks’ is reversing policy

The Tulsa, OK charter school that sent home 7-year-old Tiana Parker last week for having the wrong hairstyle has adopted a more inclusive dress code in the wake of the incident. According to Tulsa’s Channel 6 News, officials at the Deborah Brown Community School voted to change the code on…

FBI documents show it decided to ‘memorialize’ the late Michael Hastings’ articles

Today the FBI released a heavily redacted document about journalist Michael Hasting, who died in a single-car accident this past June. At the time, the FBI denied that Hastings was under any sort of investigation. The documents reveal that, a year before Hasting’s death, the FBI wanted to “memorialize the…

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