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Lawyer helping Snowden gives him copy of ‘Crime and Punishment’

The Russian lawyer helping Edward Snowden said Wednesday he would give the US fugitive a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” as he prepares to leave the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for a month. “I bought him (Snowden) Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’,” said Russian…

Tech firms say they are losing business over NSA surveillance

Revelations about the US government’s vast data collection programs have already started hurting American technology firms, according to an industry survey released this week. The Cloud Security Alliance said 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider, and 56 percent said they were…

Canadian officials deny that pooping geese could have spread GMO wheat seeds

Canadian agricultural officials exchanged a series of emails in late August of 2012 outlining a crisis plan explaining how personnel at the country’s agricultural agency should deal with inquiries about whether experimental Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) wheat could be spread in the feces of Canadian geese. The Ottawa Citizen said…

Rep. King sticking to claim that most young immigrants are drug mules

Update (below): Idaho Republican shames the media for reporting on King’s comments Second update (below): White House spokesperson calls King’s comments ‘unfortunate’ Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appears to be sticking to his allegation that most young immigrants who fall under the terms of the DREAM Act are secretly drug mules…

Henchman accuses Boston mob boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger of pedophilia

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – During the seven weeks of his trial, James “Whitey” Bulger has been called a murderer, drug dealer and, most galling to the former Boston mob boss, a “rat,” for informing the FBI about other criminal gangs so he could operate with impunity. On Tuesday,…

NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly defends stop-and-frisk in appeal to public

With lawsuits pending over department’s stop-and-frisk policy and Muslim surveillance, the police commissioner turns to the media to vigorously defend his record as the city’s top cop With his law enforcement legacy hanging in the balance, New York City’s police chief has turned to the media to defend his most controversial initiatives.…

Disney denies that JJ Abrams is ready to quit Star Wars project

Disney steps in to quash rumours that film-maker is unhappy and is keen to leave much-publicised seventh Star Wars film The studios behind the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII have been forced to deny that director JJ Abrams is about to quit the project. Disney and Lucasfilm have issued a…

South Sudan president fires entire cabinet amid power struggle

Collapse of Salva Kiir’s government raises spectre of escalating violence during crucial oil and security talks with Sudan South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has sacked his entire cabinet, including his chief political rival, vice-president Riek Machar, in what analysts say is the climax of a ruthless power struggle inside the…

Sharon Stone and Cat Stevens to perform in Gorbachev musical

Sharon Stone and Cat Stevens will take part in a musical in September honouring an environmental group founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, organisers said Wednesday. The musical “2050: The Future We Want” will be performed on September 3 at the United Nations in Geneva to mark the 20…

Release of Arctic methane could speed ice melting and cost $60 trillion

By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) – A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. Researchers at the…

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