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Noam Chomsky: U.S. strike against Syria would be a ‘war crime’

MIT professor Noam Chomsky has warned that an attack on Syria without United Nations support would be a war crime. “As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes…

Asteroid named after science fiction comics writer and spiritual guru Alejandro Jodorowsky

A large asteroid has been named after Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Franco-Chilean film-maker and science-fiction comics writer who later became a spiritual guru. The Minor Planets Center, a branch of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), has listed asteroid 261690 Jodorowsky at the request of a French astronomer who spotted the…

Pacific Ocean responsible for recent global-warming hiatus: study

A new study published in the journal Nature incorporates temperature changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean into an advanced climate model, and finds that the model can reproduce observed global surface temperature…  …

NYPD strip hijabs from Muslim sisters in Bronx park

Three Muslim teens and one would-be documentarian in New York City were arrested by NYPD officers last Thursday night. Two of the teen girls, Lamis Chapman, 12, and Khalia Wilson, 14, were playing handball in their neighborhood at 9:30 p.m. when police asked them for identification. “They said they asked…

Egyptian court orders Al Jazeera and other news outlets to close down

A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order. The closure comes a day after…

Nazi war crimes investigation in Germany to examine 30 former Auschwitz personnel

The German office investigating Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it would send files on 30 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors with a recommendation to pursue charges. Chief investigator Kurt Schrimm told reporters that the suspects were former Auschwitz guards now aged up to 97 and would face…

Verdicts in New Delhi gang-rape trial due next week

The judge in the trial of four men accused of the fatal gang-rape of a student on a New Delhi bus last December announced Tuesday he would deliver his verdicts on September 10. The trial began in a “fast-track” court in the capital in February with the prosecution laying out…

UK troops deny mutilating Iraq insurgents’ corpses

British army officials have dismissed “baseless rumours” that troops mutilated the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents after a 2004 battle, as a public inquiry heard its first evidence from military witnesses. The Al-Sweady Inquiry is investigating claims that British troops committed human rights abuses in the aftermath of a notorious…

U.S. steps up Pakistan surveillance: Washington Post ‘black budget’ analysis

While US intelligence agencies spend billions monitoring enemies like Al-Qaeda and Iran, they pay just as much as attention to ally Pakistan, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The United States has intensified surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, is concerned about biological and chemical arms sites there and tries to evaluate…

Dennis Rodman heads back to North Korea to see ‘friend’ Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman Tuesday said he was heading back to Pyongyang to see his “friend”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if he would come back with an imprisoned US citizen. Korean-American Kenneth Bae, 44, has been held prisoner in the North since November, and…

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