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Kremlin’s RT network boots journalist for on-air protest of anti-gay laws

A gay journalist was kicked off the Kremlin-backed RT network on Wednesday after he hijacked a segment about Bradley Manning to talk about Russia’s laws banning the promotion of homosexuality. The Washington Free Beacon first posted the clip that begins with columnist James Kirchick quoting openly gay playwright and actor…

Minnesota Supreme Court: Transmitting HIV after disclosing one’s status is not a felony

The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously decided on Wednesday in favor of an HIV-positive man previously convicted on felony assault charges for passing the virus even though both he and his partner at the time were aware of his health status. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the high court ruled 5-0…

Vatican: Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years for distributing Bibles

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported on Wednesday. Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to “evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles”. He…

Greenpeace: Russia denies us access to Arctic to hide oil drilling exploration

Greenpeace said Wednesday that Russia had denied its ship access to Russian Arctic waters to hide the extent of its lucrative energy exploration work in the fragile ecosystem. The global environmental lobby group said its Arctic Sunrise icebreaker intended to enter the Northern Sea Route to protest at work being…

‘Stockholm Syndrome’ — widely misused and misunderstood — turns 40

Forty years after a Swedish hostage drama gave rise to the term “Stockholm Syndrome”, the phenomenon is still being used, and misused, to explain the reactions of kidnap victims. But one man knows exactly how it works. Jan-Erik Olsson remembers clearly the strange things that happened after he walked into…

India state moves to ban black magic after anti-superstition activist gunned down

An Indian state government Wednesday approved legislation banning superstition and black magic, an official said, a day after a prominent champion of the bill was shot dead. Atheist Narendra Dabholkar, who for years campaigned for such a law, was killed on Tuesday by two gunmen on motorbikes as he was…

Astronaut describes terrifying moment of ‘drowning’ in space

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday recounted clinging to the International Space Station as he drowned in his spacesuit in the terrifying moments following an as-yet unexplained leak. Writing on his blog from the space station, Parmitano said he felt drops of liquid on the back of his neck shortly…

Bank of America’s work practices questioned after intern who worked 12-hour days found dead

Death of Moritz Erhardt, a German student working for Merrill Lynch, triggers call for inquiry into excessive working hours in City Calls have been made for an overhaul of the long-hours culture among young staff working for banks in the City of London after the death of a “dedicated” German…

Facebook launches global Internet access initiative

Facebook and other technology giants launched an initiative Wednesday designed to give the whole world access to the Internet. The project is entitled Internet.org and its goal is to cut the cost of smart phone-based Internet services in developing countries. “Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people…

Egyptian ambassador: Objective of crackdown ‘wasn’t to use massive force’

Egyptian Ambassador: Objective of Crackdown 'Wasn't to Use Massive Force' (via PBS News Hour) JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to a closer look inside the thinking of the Egyptian government and its actions over the last week. I’m joined by the country’s ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Tawfik. Mr. Ambassador,…

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