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Silicon Valley’s desire for more talent tied to immigrant hopes

Silicon Valley’s long crusade to break open doors to America for foreigners with key technology skills hinges on a political battle in Washington over broader immigration reform. For more than a decade, the tech sector has been struggling to get more visas and green cards for immigrants with engineering, math…

Bourbon producer Maker’s Mark backtracks on reducing alcohol content

Maker’s Mark, the bourbon producer that announced its decision to reduce the alcohol content to meet increased demand few days ago, has bent to consumer anger and said that it will not alter its 90 proof formula after the announcement sparked controversy, reported Forbes. A company statement reads that “effective…

Israel handling of hunger strikers ‘ethical failure’ : NGO

Israel’s treatment of four hunger-striking Palestinians is an “ethical failure” an Israeli NGO said on Sunday, adding that their rights were being violated. A statement from Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said that the fasting prisoners were denied visits from independent doctors and manacled during hospital checkups. “Physicians views…

Group of Congress members warns Iraq after attack on Iranian refugees

A team of US Congressmen met with the Iranian dissident group MEK in Paris on Sunday and threatened to declare Iraq’s prime minister a sponsor of terrorism after a deadly attack on an Iranian exile camp there. The bi-partisan team, led by Dana Rohrabacher — the chair of the sub-committee…

Dissident blogger allowed to leave Cuba on tour

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been denied permission to travel abroad for many years, was allowed on Sunday to embark on a three-month trip to Latin America and Europe. “My trip will begin in Brazil and could take me to as many as 12 countries,” Sanchez told AFP.…

Ancient mosaics of The Odyssey stolen from Syrian museum

At least 18 ancient mosaics depicting scenes from Homer’s “The Odyssey” have been stolen in northern Syria, the culture minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. “These mosaics were stolen during illegal excavations” on archaeological sites in the war-torn country’s northeast, Lubana Mushaweh said in an interview published on Sunday…

Egypt detains Islamic preacher for insulting Christianity

Egypt’s state prosecutor ordered on Sunday an extremist Islamic preacher detained for questioning on suspicion of insulting religion after a complaint from a Christian activist, a judicial source said. The preacher Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, is already on trial for tearing up a bible during a protest outside…

Thousands of Spanish medical workers protest budget cuts

Thousands of Spanish doctors, nurses and other health care workers, many wearing white lab coats, demonstrated Sunday in 16 cities against budget cuts and plans to partly privatise medical services. Several thousand people marched to Madrid’s central Plaza de Cibeles from 27 hospitals in the region, waving signs that read…

Israel to conduct ‘intensive’ probe of Mossad prisoner case

Israel’s parliament is to conduct what it called an “intensive” inquiry into the arrest and death of a jailed Australian-Israeli with Mossad links, a parliamentary spokesman said on Sunday. “The intelligence subcommittee of the (Knesset) foreign affairs and defence committee decided to hold an intensive inquiry into all aspects of…

London Fashion Week celebrates plus-sized models

It’s a skinny girl’s world, particularly in fashion where the thin, androgynous look always wins out. But this weekend, an alternative to London Fashion Week celebrated the larger lady and all her curves. “Thank you all for being who you are”, declared one of the organisers at the first Official…

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