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House committee votes to hold IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt

By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An IRS official effectively waived her right not to testify about the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups, a Republican-led congressional committee concluded on Friday in a vote that cleared the way for Congress to hold her in contempt. Lois Lerner, former head of…

Bipartisan group of senators want public answers on government surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a quarter of the Senate’s members asked the top intelligence official on Friday to release more information on the government’s bulk collection of data on Americans’ communications. Led by Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has long hinted at the broad scope of the…

Witness describes Travon Martin’s fatal struggle with Zimmerman

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A witness in the murder trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman testified on Friday that he saw Trayvon Martin on top of Zimmerman during a struggle that led to the unarmed black teenager’s shooting death in a central Florida gated community last year.…

Mick Jagger admits his career as Rolling Stone isn’t ‘intellectually demanding’ like teaching

Mick Jagger admitted on Friday he has found his career in the Rolling Stones “intellectually undemanding” and sometimes wishes he had stuck to his original idea of becoming a teacher. Jagger, who will front the Stones in their first ever appearance at Britain’s Glastonbury festival on Saturday, said he had…

Russian channel censored WWII series documenting ‘dark side’ of Soviet war effort

A Russian director of an acclaimed series about World War II on Friday slammed a state channel’s “crude and petty” censorship of his film, after it aired with crucial scenes missing. Nikolai Dostal, the director of 11-part series Shtrafbat about penal military units used by the Soviet army, said the…

U.S. post-earthquake aid ‘disappointingly’ delayed and ‘drastically’ scaled back in Haiti

USAid criticised in ‘alarming’ report that finds delays, poor leadership and mismanagement after Haiti earthquake Some of the key US-funded projects to help Haiti recover from the 2010 earthquake have been disappointingly delayed and drastically scaled down, a US government watchdog has found. US development agency USAid is spending millions…

French police arrest four radical Islamists suspected of plotting attacks

PARIS (Reuters) – Four suspected radical Islamists arrested in the Paris region this week on suspicion of plotting attacks in France were placed under formal investigation on Friday, legal and police sources said. Three of the suspects are French and one is from Benin. Their ages range from 22 to…

‘Walking Dead’ actress indicted by grand jury for sending ricin letters to Obama

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas actress has been indicted and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, of New Boston, Texas, was arrested on June 7. (Reporting By…

World Bank chief: ‘No country’ immune to unrest from inequality

No country in the world is immune from unrest arising from poverty and inequality, like that in Brazil, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told AFP in an exclusive interview. “It shows that the power of civil society and the power of citizens to rise up is unlike anything we’ve…

HIV and syphilis rising among gay Bangkok men

Cases of HIV and syphilis among gay men in Bangkok are on the rise, according to data released by US and Thai health authorities on Friday. Syphilis cases among gay men more than doubled from five percent in 2005 to 12.5 percent in 2011, said the report in the Centers…

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