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Edward Snowden threatens new leaks over ‘illegal aggression’

LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity. In a letter to Ecuador, Snowden said the United States was…

Judge showed ‘anti-Christian bias’ by upholding yoga classes in school: lawyer

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Yoga in a public school’s fitness program does not amount to teaching children religion because despite its roots in Hindu philosophy it is part of American culture, a California judge ruled on Monday. The ruling denied a request by a family in a…

Senior Vatican cleric denies money-laundering and corruption accusations

A senior Catholic cleric arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank rejected accusations of money-laundering and corruption on Monday, Italian media reported. Nunzio Scarano, 61, who was arrested Friday along with a former Italian spy and a financer for allegedly plotting to smuggle millions of…

One in 10 people will live in climate hotspots by 2100

One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday. These so-called climate “hotspots” will be most widespread in the southern Amazon, with “severe…

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) – U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, will face a 2014 election challenge from popular Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. At a press conference on Monday in Frankfort, the state capital, Grimes announced her candidacy and said McConnell, who has represented…

Big U.S. corporations only pay one-third of tax rate: report

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For U.S. corporations the top federal income tax rate is 35 percent, but large, profitable companies on average paid only about a third of that in 2010, a report by the investigative arm of Congress said on Monday. As corporate lobbyists seek to preserve…

Guantanamo lawyers file lawsuit over ‘grotesque’ forced-feeding of hunger strikers

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers for four Guantanamo prisoners are asking a U.S. federal judge to block the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the detention camp, arguing that it violates human rights and serves no military purpose. The lawsuit was filed on Sunday night in Washington and U.S.…

Egyptian army hands Morsi 48-hour ultimatum to share power

By Yasmine Saleh and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces handed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi a virtual ultimatum to share power on Monday, giving feuding politicians 48 hours to compromise or have the army impose its own road map for the country. A dramatic military statement broadcast on…

Dutch pension group halts Wal-Mart investments over low wages and working conditions

(Reuters) – Dutch pension administrator PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V. said on Monday it would no longer invest in Wal-Mart Stores Inc , saying the retailer was not willing to discuss its concerns, including possible labor issues in the United States. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, declined to comment. Wal-Mart “was not…

Activist found not guilty of vandalism for writing with chalk outside Bank of America

An anti-bank activist who faced more than a decade behind bars for using chalk to voice his protests against Bank of America was found not guilty of vandalism on Monday. A jury found Jeff Olson, 40, not guilty on all charges, according to NBC San Diego. Olson was charged with…

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