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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…

Jordan lawmaker fires Kalashnikov assault rifle at colleague

A Jordanian MP was arrested after firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle in parliament at a colleague on Tuesday, without causing injuries, judicial and parliamentary sources said. “The prosecutor general of Amman on Tuesday ordered the detention for 15 days of Talal al-Sharif after he opened fire on MP Qusay al-Damissi…

Apple unveils 2 new iPhones: The $99 plastic iPhone 5C and the gold-tone aluminum iPhone 5S

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S (via slashdot) Apple has unveiled a pair of new iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to a California stage Sept. 10 and, after a couple of brief updates on the iTunes Festival (now in its seventh year, this edition featuring musicians such as Justin…

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,…

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