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Tens of thousands defy Turkey’s Prime Minister with fresh protests

Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the streets of Turkish cities in defiance of a call from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for them to end their civil uprising. The government said the protests were “under control” even as the largest crowds yet on Saturday packed every inch of Istanbul’s…

Suspected ricin-laced letter to CIA found at Spokane, Washington post office

(Reuters) – Postal workers in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday retrieved a wayward letter suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin that vanished for several weeks after it was sent from Washington state to a CIA address that does not receive mail, the FBI said. The envelope resembled four ricin-laced letters…

Attorney General Eric Holder under pressure to open more media leak investigations

By David Ingram and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his resignation. Holder’s Justice Department…

‘Palace Malice’ wins Belmont Stakes

Palace Malice seized the lead at the top of the stretch and won the $1 million, 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the third winner in three Triple Crown races this year. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Mike Smith, Palace Malice insured that neither Kentucky Derby-winner…

North and South Korea prepare to negotiate directly after years of mistrust

North and South Korea will sit down to their first talks for years on Sunday, confronting decades of mutual distrust in an apparent search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions. The working-level discussions in the border truce village of Panmunjom are intended to pave the way…

Heated presidential debate draws praise from Iranian media

Iran’s media on Saturday hailed the latest televised debate of presidential candidates, highlighting sharp exchanges among them on topics such as the nuclear issue and political freedom. “The differences among the candidates are clear. The final sprint has begun,” said leading economic daily Donya-e Eqtesad about the debate on Friday…

Syrian opposition again rules out peace talks

Syria’s main opposition coalition reiterated on Saturday its refusal to participate in proposed international peace talks, saying recent developments in the civil war had “closed the doors” to any political initiative. “What is happening in Syria today completely closes the doors on any discussions about international conferences and political initiatives,”…

U.S. and China agree to end ‘super greenhouse gas’ production

China agreed Saturday with the United States to scale back production of “super greenhouse gases” used in refrigerators and air conditioners in a joint bid to fight climate change. The two nations made the pledge after a closely watched first summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, who lead…

‘Big Data’ uproar has Obama hearing protests from the left

George W. Obama? With NSA spying, Obama feels wrath of the left (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in San Jose, Calif., Friday. The president defended his government’s secret surveillance, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America’s phone records…

Romanian Gay Pride parade draws hundreds despite looming same-sex marriage ban

Some 400 people took to the streets of Bucharest for a Gay Pride parade on Saturday but a controversial amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage overshadowed the event. “It is a sadder parade because of the amendment”, Accept president Florin Buhuceanu told AFP, while lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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