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State Department alarmed at rising anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic waves worldwide

The United States on Monday denounced what it called a rising tide of both anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment around the world as it urged all nations to ensure freedom of religion. In a wide-ranging annual report on religious freedom, the State Department voiced alarm at growing attacks against minority groups…

Tunisian activist who posted topless photos arrested for ‘immoral gestures’

A young Tunisian activist who sparked controversy in March by posting topless pictures of herself online has been arrested for allegedly making “immoral gestures,” the interior ministry said on Monday. “The young girl was placed under arrest yesterday (Sunday) in Kairouan… because of immoral gestures,” ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui…

Billionaire Carlos Slim to buy U.S. mobile phone company Start Wireless Group

Mexican phone giant America Movil, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim, announced Monday that its US unit reached a deal to acquire US mobile phone company Start Wireless Group. The price of the transaction was not revealed but a statement said Tracfone Wireless will acquire the assets of Start Wireless, an…

Congressmen to Hagel: Where Are the Missing War Records?

By Peter Sleeth, Special to ProPublica The top Republican and Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs are demanding more details from defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about lost Army field records from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the subject of a ProPublica investigation last year. In an unusually…

Five killed in botched bank robbery in Israel

Four people were killed and three others wounded in a botched bank heist in southern Israel which ended when a robber who had held a hostage shot himself dead, police said. “The woman hostage walked out of the bank after the robber shot and killed himself. She was taken for…

Finnish startup launches smartphone to rival their former company Nokia

A group of ex-Nokia employees who quit over the company’s decision to abandon the planned MeeGo operating system in favour of Windows presented their own smartphone on Monday, hoping to rival the sector’s giants. The Jolla smartphone, which is entirely intuitive and has no buttons, is “a strong candidate” on…

Russia: Security services foiled terrorist attack on Moscow

Russian security services said Monday they had foiled a terror attack on Moscow, killing two of the plotters and arresting another. “Our forceful actions prevented an attempted act of terror in the capital,” the National Anti-Terror Committee said in a statement. The statement said the men, all three of them…

Brazilian tourists die in hot-air balloon crash in Turkey

Two Brazilian tourists died Monday and 23 other people were hurt after two hot-air balloons collided in a beauty spot in central Turkey, officials said. The accident occurred over Cappadocia’s sculpted rock formations when one balloon collided with the basket of another balloon above and crashed to the ground, the…

First ‘home grown’ British astronaut heads to International Space Station

A former army helicopter pilot was on Monday named as the first “home-grown” British astronaut to head to the International Space Station. Major Tim Peake, 41, will fly out to the ISS in November 2015 as part of a six-man crew, becoming the first Briton ever to travel to space…

New Jersey legislature plans to send four gun control bills to Christie’s desk

N.J. Assembly plans to send four gun control bills to Christie (via NJ.com) Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger   TRENTON — The Assembly this afternoon plans to vote to send four gun control bills to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The bills are not the most far-reaching ones of the dozens the Legislature…

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