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Greek Jews commemorate Auschwitz deportation anniversary

Greece’s second largest city Thessaloniki on Saturday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of its Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Around one thousand people walked in a silent march to the old railway station where the first train left Greece’s northern city for the notorious death camp…

Brainwashed and cut off from her family, Scientology leader’s niece reveals Church secrets in new book

The Church of Scientology has lashed out at a new book by its leader’s niece, which recounts a stolen childhood and how she was brainwashed and cut off from her family before eventually escaping. In “Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape,” Jenna Miscavige-Hill — whose…

More than 240 detained in annual Montreal protest

Authorities in the Canadian city of Montreal said they briefly detained more than 240 people and arrested a dozen for more serious offences during a protest against police brutality late Friday. Two officers were hurt in the annual event that usually results in violence. As a helicopter hovered overhead, hundreds…

Stonehenge remains a mystery as scientists ask: was it a health spa or a cemetery?

Archaeologists back conflicting theories on Britain’s greatest prehistoric monument It already attracts more than a million visitors a year. Yet these numbers could be dwarfed once Stonehenge, one of the world’s greatest prehistoric monuments, completes its radical facelift. Over the next year, the nearby A344 will be closed and grassed…

Facebook may start using hashtags as next advertising ploy

Copyright ImageClick to View In this 2011 file photo, a Facebook User Operations Safety Team worker looks at reviews at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is planning to incorporate hashtags.(Paul Sakuma/AP/File) The Wall Street Journal reports…  …

Potential prosecution of Menendez faces a tough path forward, experts say

Barbara L. Salisbury/For the Star-Ledger TRENTON — Veteran prosecutors and defense attorneys said Friday the government faces a formidable challenge in building a public corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez, who is reportedly under investigation by a federal grand jury in Miami over his relationship…  …

Obama renews call for investment in efficient energy

US President Barack Obama on Saturday renewed his call for developing new technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels and shift American cars and trucks off petroleum gas. “The only way we’re going to break this cycle of spiking gas prices for good is to shift our cars and…

Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over ‘Dirty War’ era

An Argentinian human rights group set up to find babies stolen during the country’s “Dirty War” on Friday accused newly elected Pope Francis of failing to speak out against the country’s former military rulers. The famous Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization, founded in 1977 to help locate children…

Bloggers expose lavish lifestyles of Putin loyalists

Bloggers who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin are targeting top lawmakers loyal to the Kremlin with scandalous revelations about their luxury apartments and jet-setting lifestyles which run counter to their patriotic rhetoric. Recent exposes have focused on the most outspoken lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party who have voted…

Historic UN declaration adopted to combat violence against women

Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations code to combat violence against women and girls. Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by “any…

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