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State Department: U.S. ‘very concerned’ about unrest in Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ‘very concerned’ about the situation in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday of the sweeping protests surrounding a stand-off between Egypt’s armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The situation in Egypt remains fluid, and the United States cannot confirm whether…

President Mursi and Egyptian armed forces refuse to budge as deadline passes

By Tom Perry and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi refused to back down on Wednesday as a deadline for a military takeover passed with rival demonstrators out in force in the streets of Cairo. Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a…

Government report: Senate immigration bill would save $135 billion in 10 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate’s sweeping immigration bill would significantly increase the size of the country’s labor force and lead to net savings of around $135 billion over 10 years, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report released on Wednesday. If the bill became law, the CBO said…

Turkish court throws out Taksim redevelopment project that sparked mass protests

(Reuters) – A Turkish court has cancelled a project to redevelop Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a copy of the court’s decision showed, ruling in a dispute that triggered a nationwide wave of violent anti-government protests. The administrative court ruled in early June, at the height of the unrest, that a…

Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found competent to stand trial

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been found competent to stand trial on rape and murder charges, a judge said at a hearing Wednesday. Castro has been accused of kidnapping three women and holding them prisoner for about a decade in his Cleveland home.…

Credit card donations to WikiLeaks once again flowing through Iceland

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – International credit card donations to WikiLeaks are flowing again after an Icelandic court ruling forced MasterCard’s and Visa’s local agent to process payments, the companies involved in processing the funds said. One of WikiLeaks’ most important sources of funding – donations made from Visa and MasterCard users…

Putin signs law banning foreign LGBT adoptions

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law banning gay and lesbian couples in foreign countries from adopting Russian children. The measure was one of a series adopted by Russian authorities in recent weeks that have been slammed by civil rights leaders as discriminatory. The Kremlin said in a statement…

Scientists say HIV banished from bone marrow transplant patients

Two men who had longstanding HIV infections have been off Aids drugs for several months and have no detectable HIV Two men who became free of HIV infection after bone marrow transplants have been off Aids drugs for several months without any sign of the virus returning, according to scientists.…

Ecuador finds microphone hidden in London embassy where Assange is living

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador has found a hidden microphone inside its London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living, and will disclose on Wednesday who controls the device, its foreign minister said. Ricardo Patino said the microphone was found inside the office of the Ecuadorean ambassador…

Brazilian leader asks for referendum after worst unrest in 20 years

Brazil’s Congress has received a request from President Dilma Rousseff to hold a referendum on political reform in response to the worst social unrest in 20 years. The move, widely supported by the public, came after three weeks of protests over corruption and public spending which marred the Confederations Cup,…

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