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Pussy Riot member requests parole during court hearing

One of the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot on Wednesday asked again to be released on parole after serving almost a year in prison for a protest againt President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church. Maria Alyokhina, 25, appealed for parole as she spoke via videolink during…

Qatar joins calls for release of former Egyptian President Morsi

Gas-rich Qatar, a strong backer of Arab Spring uprisings and supporter of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, has joined international calls for his release from detention while expressing concern at violence sweeping Egypt. State news agency QNA late Tuesday quoted a foreign ministry official as saying Qatar had voiced “concern…

Walmart tells India it can’t buy enough local products for new supermarket

Walmart has told India that it is unable to meet local sourcing requirements for foreign supermarket groups wanting to open stores in the country, a report said Wednesday. Under rules introduced when the government opened up the sector in 2012, foreign supermarkets are required to buy 30 percent of their…

Australian archaeologist who led ‘hobbit’ discovery dies

The Australian archaeologist who rocked the science world with his discovery of a tiny new species of human known as the “hobbit” has died after a year-long battle with cancer, his university said Wednesday. Mike Morwood, the professor who was instrumental in the discovery of Homo floresiensis in 2003, died…

Archbishop: Right wing of the church not happy about Pope Francis

Conservatives in the Vatican are less than pleased with the election of Pope Francis, according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter published Tuesday, Chaput said right wing officials in the Catholic church were disillusioned with Pope Francis. “They generally have not been…

Colorado Springs bans recreational marijuana shops

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – Officials in Colorado’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana shops, becoming the largest community in the state to utilize an opt-out provision of a law that legalized the non-medical use of pot. After two hours of public comments, the Colorado Springs…

Police officer who leaked Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos put on restricted duty

The Massachusetts state police officer who leaked photos of the accused Boston marathon bomber has been placed on restricted duty pending the results of an internal investigation. Sergeant Sean Murphy appeared before a disciplinary hearing at state police headquarters in Framingham on Tuesday morning. He will remain on restricted duty,…

Yemeni journalist who reported U.S. drone strike released from jail

A Yemeni journalist who was kept in prison for years at the apparent request of the Obama administration has been released in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, according to local reports. Abdulelah Haider Shaye was imprisoned in 2010, after reporting that an attack on a suspected al-Qaida training camp in…

Paleontologists discover 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in northern Mexico

By Luc Cohen MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A team of paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico, the country’s National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) said on Monday. Apart from being unusually well preserved, the 5 meter (16…

House Republicans considering citizenship for DREAMers

By Rachelle Younglai and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives started to coalesce on Tuesday around the idea of legalizing the children who were brought to the country by their parents, marking their first step toward dealing with the millions of undocumented foreigners living in…

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