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Racist vandalism at financial aid office sparks hate crimes investigation at UC Davis

Police at the University of California, Davis are investigating a string of recent vandalism incidents as a possible hate crime. Late last Sunday night or early the following morning, an unknown person smashed car windshields, shattered campus windows, and wrote a racial epithet on a chalkboard. “Broken windows, broken buildings…

Egypt expels three Al-Jazeera journalists for biased reporting

Egypt on Sunday expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television’s English channel, the state news agency MENA reported. Airport security officials, quoted by MENA, said the three men left on a flight to London. Correspondent Wayne Haye, a New Zealander, South African cameraman Adil Bradlow and Irish…

Abandoned art from Khmer temple complex in Cambodia resuced from obscurity, put on display

Forgotten and abandoned for over 70 years, casts of the art treasures at the Khmer temple complex at Angkor in Cambodia are coming out of storage to be rediscovered in a Europe that first shunned them. The statues, reliefs and temple decorations in the style of the original ninth to…

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi faces trial for ‘incitement to murder’

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial for “incitement to murder,” state television reported on Sunday without giving a date for the trial. It said he will stand trial in a criminal court along with 14 other suspects in his Muslim Brotherhood movement on charges of “incitement to…

Iran claims U.S. Congress not ‘authorized’ to authorize Syria strikes

The US Congress is not authorised to green-light American military strikes against Syria as any such action would be in violation of international law, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday. Iran’s reaction came a day after US President Barack Obama said he was seeking congressional approval for punitive…

U.S. transport ship with hundreds of Marines on board deployed to the Mediterranean

The US Navy has deployed an amphibious transport ship to the Mediterranean, where five destroyers are already in place for possible missile strikes on Syria, a defense official said on Sunday. The USS San Antonio, with several helicopters and hundreds of Marines on board, is “on station in the Eastern…

George H.W. Bush spokesman apologizes for mistakenly announcing death of Nelson Mandela

A spokesman for former US president George H.W. Bush apologized on Sunday after erroneously issuing a statement of condolence stating that South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had died. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath later explained that he circulated a prepared statement expressing Bush’s sorrow at the “death” of the former…

Iran: U.S. interests will be threatened if they attack Syria

A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria. Iranian officials have issued stern warnings against US-led military action targeting Syria and the latest came from the chairman of…

Study: Wine consumption linked to lower depression risk

A glass of wine a day may keep the blues at bay, according to a Spanish study of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The research, part of the broader Predimed report on the Mediterranean diet, followed 5,500 light to moderate drinkers of both sexes over a period of seven…

British broadcaster David Frost dies aged 74

British TV giant David Frost, who interviewed the world’s great and good in a half-century broadcasting career, has died aged 74 of a heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, his family said Sunday. Frost, celebrated for his 1977 talks with Richard Nixon that extracted an unexpected apology…

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