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Rio police tear gas thousands at protest demanding health care and education

Police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse around 3,000 protestors from outside Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup match between Italy and Mexico on Sunday. The demonstrators were attempting to enter the stadium in protest at the vast sums of money spent on the…

Seven immigrants die attempting to cross sea clinging to fishing cage

AFP – Seven immigrants drowned on Sunday during an attempted crossing to Italy by gripping on to a large tuna fishing cage towed by a trawler, according to witnesses from among the 95 people rescued by the coast guard. Italy’s coast guard rescued the migrants off the shores of Sicily…

Egypt cuts ties with Syria in hopes of appeasing the West

AFP – Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, in severing ties with Damascus, aims to show solidarity with Western and fellow Arab states opposed to Syria’s regime and also boost his under-fire image at home, analysts said. Morsi, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood, told supporters in a Cairo stadium for a…

Obama doesn’t believe secret NSA surveillance violated privacy rights: chief of staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans’ privacy rights, his chief of staff said on Sunday. Denis McDonough, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program, also said he did not know…

White House: Iran can be partner of U.S. if they halt ‘illicit’ nuclear program

Iran’s new president will find a partner in the United States if he comes clean on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear program, a senior White House official said Sunday. Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani was elected president Friday, ending eight years of a conservative grip on the office marked by tension…

Senator Marco Rubio says immigration reform about 96 percent ready

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday he still supports a bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration, but reiterated that he wants its stipulations on border security to be tightened in order for the legislation to win approval from Congress. Rubio, one of the so-called Gang of…

‘Notion of what is an unreasonable level of paranoia has shifted’ says security consultant

News of a massive surveillance effort led by the secretive National Security Agency has sent Web users scrambling to find new ways to avoid tracking. It might have seemed paranoid not long ago when netizens used tools to hide their tracks, “shred” data or send self-destructing messages. Web anonymizers, encryption…

Pope Francis blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in St. Peter’s Square

Hundreds of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from all over the world received the pope’s blessing on Sunday, drawing cheers and applause from pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for a pro-life mass. Pope Francis, riding through the throngs aboard his popemobile, made the sign of the cross toward the bikers, who are…

Julian Assange celebrates one-year anniversary of asylum in Ecuador Embassy

LONDON — It is an odd sight: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wearing a jacket and tie, but no shoes. Then again, if you have not stepped outside Ecuador’s London embassy for a year, shoes are largely pointless. In an interview with AFP to mark this strange anniversary, the man…

Obama, Chinese president agree to phase out dangerous greenhouse gas

China And US Agree To Phase Out HFCs (via Clean Technica) Carbon dioxide gets a lot of press by virtue of the sheer quantities with which we pump it into our atmosphere, but it is by no means the worst of the greenhouse gasses humanity is exhaling with each day…

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