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Supreme Court asked to suspend NSA and FBI’s blanket collection of phone data

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed on Monday by civil rights campaigners at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). This new legal challenge to the power of government agencies…

Strength and frequency of tropical cyclones could increase dramatically: study

The world typically sees about 90 tropical cyclones a year, but that number could increase dramatically in the next century due to global warming, a US scientist said Monday. Rising greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a 10 to 40 percent increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones by the…

Protest outside Egypt’s Republican Guard ends in bloodshed

Emotions ran wild on Monday near an elite military base in Cairo outside which at least 51 people were gunned down in a dawn attack on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. As pitched battles raged on Salah Salem, a boulevard where Morsi supporters hurled rocks at a security…

Church of England restarts process to ordain women bishops

The Church of England voted Monday to restart the process that would lead to ordaining women bishops after traditionalists blocked the idea last year, plunging the church into turmoil. The General Synod, the governing body of England’s state church, will consider the draft measures in November with the aim of…

BP seeks to dismiss ‘feeding frenzy’ of Gulf oil spill claims

BP asked a US appeals court on Monday to scuttle a “feeding frenzy” of “fictitious” compensation claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The British energy giant reached a $7.8 billion settlement last year with thousands of people and businesses hit by the worst environmental disaster in…

Patients searching for health info online face privacy threats: researcher

Patients searching for health-related information on the Internet may find their privacy threatened, said a research letter published in a major US medical journal on Monday. Marco Huesch, a researcher at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, searched for “depression,” “herpes” and “cancer” on various health-related websites and observed…

Al Jazeera employees in Egypt quit over editorial line

Several Al-Jazeera employees in Egypt have resigned because they disagreed with their employer’s editorial line, an official at the Qatari television told AFP on Monday. They did not say how many resigned, but media have reported that seven have left the company. “Several new employees at the Al-Jazeera Mobasher (the…

Bangladesh vows to improve factory workers’ rights and conditions

Bangladesh vowed Monday to improve workers’ rights and factory safety in the wake of a deadly garment factory collapse amid warnings that EU trade benefits might suffer if it does not make enough progress. The Bangladeshi government aims to ensure the Asian nation is home to a garment industry, “where…

Facebook begins rolling out ‘graph search’ feature

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a tool for US English language users to mine the social network’s trove of experiences for anything from restaurant choices to photos of far-off places. Facebook said that a “graph search” feature that it has tested since early this year is making a broader…

Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas into demonstrators

Turkish riot police on Monday fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of deadly unrest that engulfed the country last month. Police moved after Turkish authorities reopened Gezi Park to public use earlier in the day. “Four people…

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