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German court rules in favor of artist’s free speech rights in Nazi mockery case

On Wednesday, a German court acquitted artist Jonathan Meese, who had been accused of twice using the Nazi salute at a forum on “megalomania in the art world” last year. The prosecution had asserted that, during his presentation at the University of Kassel, Meese violated Section 86a of the German…

Obama cancels military training exercises with Egypt over violence

CHILMARK, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke out on Thursday against the violence in Egypt, condemning a military crackdown there and saying the United States had canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim…

Rick Santorum accused of soliciting illegal campaign contributions

Rick Santorum, who in January of 2012 opposed legislation to repeal the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on the grounds that it would be “horrible,” today finds himself accused of soliciting and accepting a campaign contribution whose questionable legality is a product of that very decision. The Court’s decision allowed…

Islamists kill two Egyptian police officers

Supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi launched attacks on police posts in two provinces on Thursday, killing at least two policemen, security officials said. A 21-year-old policeman was fatally shot in the chest and arm in the North Sinai town of Al-Arish after gunmen attacked the Police Club. Another…

Unemployment claims fall to 6-year low

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell last week to their lowest level in six years, a fresh sign of labor market tightening, the Labor Department said Thursday. Initial jobless claims totaled 320,000 in the week ending August 10, compared to 335,000 the previous week. The four-week moving average…

Spoon in underwear saving youths from forced marriage

As Britain puts airport staff on alert to spot potential victims of forced marriage, one campaigning group says the trick of putting a spoon in their underwear has saved some youngsters from a forced union in their South Asian ancestral homelands. The concealed spoon sets off the metal detector at…

‘Super Ironwoman’ saves drowning man in Hong Kong typhoon

A runner was hailed as “Super Ironwoman” after she plunged into Hong Kong’s typhoon-whipped waters to save a drowning man, local media reported on Thursday. Louise Chow was jogging along the waterfront on Wednesday when she spotted dozens of people gathering to watch the attempted rescue of the man from…

Obama played cards ahead of Bin Laden raid: ex-aide

A former aide to Barack Obama has said the US president resorted to playing cards on the day Osama bin Laden was killed, such was the tension over the raid. Reggie Love, a personal assistant to Obama during the president’s first term, said in a video that his boss opted…

Baby panda born at Vienna zoo by natural conception

The Vienna zoo on Thursday made a birth announcement: Yang Yang and her mate Long Hui are the proud parents of another baby panda, the third one born by natural conception. The newborn arrived at 12:24 Wednesday, his pink skin covered with a white down. He measures around 10 centimetres…

Egypt closes Gaza border crossing indefinitely

Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip “indefinitely” for security reasons after a day of deadly violence nationwide,” a security official told AFP on Thursday. Hundreds of Palestinian travellers were left stranded on both sides of the crossing, the only gateway into the Hamas-ruled Palestinian…

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