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‘Guardian’ editor: Destroying hard drives allowed us to continue NSA coverage

Guardian editor-in-chief says he agreed to ‘slightly pointless’ task because newspaper has digital copies outside Britain. Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor-in-chief, has said that the destruction of computer hard drives containing information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden allowed the paper to continue reporting on the revelations instead of surrendering…

Legislative leader pushes to fight hunger with subsidized grain for 70 percent of India’s population

India’s ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a landmark public food scheme for hundreds of millions of people, declaring it would banish hunger and be free of corruption. Gandhi told hundreds of cheering supporters that 800 million Indians would benefit from the scheme, aimed at fighting endemic…

Venezuela struggles to attract tourists

Boasting the highest waterfall in the world, nearly deserted Caribbean islands and dense jungles with ocean views, Venezuela has everything a tourist could want — except the tourists are not coming. In a country where explorer Christopher Columbus once believed he had found heaven on earth, officials are struggling to…

Mandela social network allows users to share inspirational thoughts

Nelson Mandela has countless streets named after him, his own foundation, his own fan page and now his own social network. The website mandela.is allows users, called “citizens”, to connect, share inspirational thoughts, photos and articles in an effort to emulate the apartheid icon’s positive impact on the world. The…

British man jailed for selling fake bomb detectors

British businessman who sold fake bomb detectors worldwide was jailed for seven years on Tuesday, with a judge branding the devices “useless”. The GT200 devices were no more than home-made boxes with handles and antennae but Gary Bolton claimed they could detect explosives, narcotics, tobacco, ivory and even cash. Around…

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies at age 87

American crime writer Elmore Leonard, author of 45 novels, many of which inspired hit Hollywood films, died Tuesday at the age of 87, according to his official website. Leonard, who had suffered a stroke late last month, passed away at 7:15 AM (1115 GMT) at his Detroit home “surrounded by…

Mike Tyson doesn’t get Chinese Internet jokes

Boxing legend Mike Tyson is keen to up his profile in China but is struggling to get to grips with the country’s sardonic sense of humour, judging by his online “weibo” debut. The former world heavyweight champion opened a verified account on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo service on Monday, and…

Anti-superstition rationalist shot dead in India

A leading Indian rationalist, who was campaigning for a law to eradicate superstition in a country famed for its mystics and gurus, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said. Two gunmen on motorbikes fired at Narendra Dabholkar, a medical doctor who had faced accusations of being anti-religion, as he was…

British government claims Greenwald’s partner David Miranda had ‘highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism’

Home Office claims nine-hour detention of Guardian journalist’s partner was justified to protect public from threat of terrorism The government has embarked on an aggressive offensive to justify the detention of David Miranda by suggesting that the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald possessed “highly sensitive stolen information that…

Newark archbishop who had oversight of sexually abusive priests strikes back at critics saying ‘God will surely address them in due time’

In a sharply worded offensive, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers lashed out at the media and his critics in a letter released over the weekend, saying he has been the target of “deceitful and misleading…  …

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