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Bradley Manning defense rests its case after calling just 10 witnesses

The defence has rested its case in the trial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, rounding off its portrayal of the US soldier as a young man who accepted that he was wrong to have leaked a vast trove of state secrets but who had no “general evil intent” to…

U.S. and China agree to expand efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

America and China agreed on Wednesday to work together to develop cleaner trucks, expanding joint efforts against climate change by the two greatest emitters and raising prospects for a global climate deal.. The new initiatives announced in Washington on Wednesday would see China and America extend their climate co-operation to…

Ben Bernanke says Federal Reserve stimulus still needed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the Fed’s easy-money policy is still necessary, throwing cold water on fresh market expectations that the Fed’s stimulus would soon be ended. Bernanke told an audience of economists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that the jobs market remains too weak and inflation remains too…

Walmart and Gap plan for Bangladesh garment factory safety ‘a sham’

A plan developed by North American retailers including Gap and Walmart in an attempt to improve safety in Bangladeshi garment factories has been labelled a “sham” by workers’ rights groups. The two retailers were part of an alliance of 17 US and Canadian brands and retailers which on Wednesday launched…

Texas Senate given second chance to pass controversial abortion bill

Texas politicians were due to give formal approval on Wednesday to a controversial abortion bill, two weeks after a marathon filibuster frustrated its progress and prompted protests against the proposals. After nearly ten hours of impassioned debate in Austin, the state’s house of representatives voted in favour of the plans…

Google hosting fundraiser for Republican Senator Jim Inhofe

Google, which prides itself on building a “better web that is better for the environment”, is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged. The lunch, at the company’s Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who has made a career…

Obama honors Star Wars creator George Lucas

President Barack Obama Wednesday honored luminaries of the arts, including Star Wars creator George Lucas, praising his special effects for freeing movies from “planes in space” with visible strings. Obama presented National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals to a group also including musician Herb Alpert, rhythm and blues…

Navy’s experimental X-47B drone successfully lands on aircraft carrier

A US Navy drone successfully landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier on Wednesday, in an historic first for robotic flight, officials said. The X-47B experimental plane had taken off earlier from the Patuxent River naval air station in Maryland before heading to the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft…

Bill would establish national park on the Moon

The site where astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the Moon in July 1969 could receive the same federal protection as Yellowstone. Democrats Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas and Donna Edwards of Maryland — both members of House Committee on Science, Space and Technology — proposed…

UN: Iraq violence could lead to civil war

Violence in Iraq is on the rise and could lead towards civil war, the head of the UN human rights mission warned on Wednesday. “Iraq is really at a crossroads. I wouldn’t say we’re at a civil war yet, but the figures are not looking good,” Francesco Motta told AFP.…

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