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Lawyers call for end to ‘humanitarian crisis’ at Guantanamo prison

Lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo prison called for the US to show concrete steps towards closing the facility on Tuesday, citing a “humanitarian crisis” at the controversial jail. “The situation is dire,” said lawyer Omar Farah of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents a Yemeni detainee, at a meeting…

Venezuelan foreign minister claims U.S. plotting coup

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua charged Tuesday that the United States had been plotting to overthrow late president Hugo Chavez. He also denied that a US decision to expel two Venezuelan diplomats after Caracas ordered two US military officials out was a “tit-for-tat” slap. The two US officials were expelled…

John Kerry shows off to diplomats by speaking Norwegian

US Secretary of State John Kerry showed off more of his hidden language skills on Tuesday, revealing he still knew some Norwegian picked up as a boy when he spent a couple of years in Oslo. And he won praise from his Norwegian counterpart Espen Barth Eide, who said after…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel orders review of Air Force sexual assault case

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of US military law and of a sexual assault case in which an Air Force general overturned a fellow officer’s conviction, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The move came after an outcry from lawmakers and rights advocates over the case of Lieutenant Colonel…

Colorado theater shooter to face trial in August

A US judge entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on behalf of alleged Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, and set an August date for him to stand trial over the horrific massacre. The 25-year-old’s lawyers said they were not yet ready to enter a plea at Holmes’s arraignment for…

Google fined $7 million over ‘improper and unwanted’ data gathering

Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine in the United States on Tuesday for stealthily collecting data from private Wi-Fi hotspots in a mapping service slip that irked an array of countries. In a legal settlement with attorneys general in 38 states, the Internet giant also agreed to ramp…

Pentagon to review controversial drone warfare medal

The US military said Tuesday it halted production of a new medal for drone and cyber warfare, ordering a review after critics called the award an insult to combat veterans. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other decorations as a soldier in the Vietnam War, made…

Obama continues ‘charm offensive’ against Congress

President Barack Obama Tuesday launched an unusual mission to woo lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but budget clashes with Republicans underscored the difficulty of striking a grand deficit bargain. Obama trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of three visits, flashing a broad smile as he went into lunch with Democratic…

Senate panel approves universal background checks on gun purchases

A US Senate panel voted along party lines Tuesday to approve a Democratic bill requiring universal background checks for firearm sales, but passage through the full Congress will be more problematic. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 for the bill, which would close a loophole that allows unchecked sales at…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slams Republicans: Worry less about helping big banks

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts slammed Republicans on Tuesday for holding up the confirmation of Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At a Senate Banking Committee hearing, the progressive senator suggested Republicans were using false arguments to fight the nomination of Cordray. Warren, who…

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