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ACLU challenges constitutionality of NSA phone surveillance program

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates rights to free speech and privacy. The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s…

Russia passes anti-’gay propaganda’ bill

Law will make it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships and to distribute gay rights material Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a federal law banning gay “propaganda” amid a Kremlin push to enshrine deeply conservative values that critics say has already led to a sharp increase in anti-gay violence.…

Thousands flood Istanbul’s protest square after police clashes

ISTANBUL — Thousands of demonstrators squared off against riot police on Tuesday and defiantly packed an Istanbul square after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he had “no more tolerance” for the mass protests against his Islamic-rooted government. Hundreds of police stormed Taksim Square, the epicentre of nearly two…

Marine security expert testifies Manning solicited secret military information

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The founder of the WikiLeaks website, at the center of the trial of a soldier charged with the biggest U.S. leak of classified material, solicited secret military information during a 2009 conference in Berlin, a Marine Corps computer security expert testified on Tuesday. On the…

Greece announces immediate closure of public broadcaster

Greece’s government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of public television and radio broadcaster ERT in a move that reportedly affects 2,700 jobs. “ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now,” government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said at a press conference. Kedikoglou said…

Why the Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling won’t be like Roe v. Wade

Why Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling won't be like Roe v. Wade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Gay-marriage supporters carry signs in front of the Supreme Court before the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act March 27. Op-ed contributor James Richardson writes: ‘Whereas…

Bradley Manning trial to be recreated in comic-book form

Graphic artist Clark Stoeckley in courtroom to record ongoing trial of WikiLeaks soldier A comic of the Bradley Manning trial, produced live from the courtroom, is being created by artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley and will be published in the autumn. Stoeckley, who drives a truck covered with the…

World’s first double-leg transplant has limbs amputated due to unrelated illness

The world’s first double-leg transplant patient has had both limbs amputated after an unrelated illness forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs, the Spanish hospital that carried out the operation said Tuesday. “The patient who had two legs transplanted at the Hospital La Fe in 2011 had to undergo an…

European monitoring of civilians still far less than U.S.

European governments’ ability to monitor citizens’ online activity on security grounds has increased significantly in recent years. But the scale of surveillance remains limited compared to what has been happening in the United States and is generally subject to strict controls, officials say. Under a directive approved by the 27-member…

Pope admits to ‘gay lobby’ in Vatican administration

Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican’s secretive administration, the Curia, according to sources cited Tuesday by religious media. “In the Curia, there are truly some saints, but there is also a current of corruption,” the 76-year-old is quoted as having said during an…

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