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Egyptians to protest on second anniversary of revolution

Huge crowds were expected to demonstrate in Egypt on Friday for the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought in an Islamist government, at a time of political tensions and economic woes. The secular-leaning opposition called for mass street protests against President Mohamed Morsi and the…

SEC nomination signals Obama’s tougher approach to Wall Street

The woman who prosecuted Mafia boss John Gotti is about to take over the policing of Wall Street. Barack Obama is expected to nominate former star government prosecutor Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as the regulator attempts to dodge criticism that it has been…

UN to investigate legality of U.S drone strikes

A newly-announced UN inquiry into the rise of drone strikes and targeted killings around the world has drawn measured optimism and concerns from national security experts and the international human rights community. Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that he will head…

Kerry urges ‘fresh thinking’ to tackle global woes

Probable next US secretary of state John Kerry called for “fresh thinking” Thursday as he outlined his foreign policy agenda and plans for relations with Iran, China and the Middle East. “American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations committee, which…

‘Django Unchained’ dolls banned by eBay as ‘offensive’

Online auction giant eBay has banned the sale of dolls linked to Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked western about a freed slave “Django Unchained,” describing them as “offensive,” on Thursday. The toymaker who manufactured the dolls had already discontinued them, after protests from black advocacy groups, according to the celebrity news website…

Zuckerberg readying political fundraiser for Chris Christie

Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is making a foray into politics next month by hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, reports said Thursday. The event to take place in Zuckerberg’s home in the California city of Palo Alto mid-February is to support the re-election bid of the high-profile…

More Sufi shrines torched in Tunisia: witnesses

Two Sufi mausoleums were torched in Tunisia on Thursday, police and media reported, in the latest violence the mystical Muslim sect claims is being carried out by ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims. The Sidi Ali Ben Salem mausoleum in the southwestern region of Gabes was totally destroyed by fire, police said. In…

Exiled Iran lawmakers offer nuclear compromise

Exiled former Iranian lawmakers on Thursday proposed a compromise to avert conflict over Tehran’s nuclear program, calling for an end to sensitive uranium enrichment and an easing of US-led sanctions. In a letter sent to US President Barack Obama, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini and the European Union, the…

U.S. investigators ‘very concerned’ by Boeing 787 fire

US government investigators said Thursday that they were very concerned over what they called an “unprecedented” battery fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The fire, and a second 787 battery problem which forced an emergency landing of an aircraft in Japan, forced aviation authorities in the US and elsewhere to…

Appeals court throws out Mattel’s challenge to Bratz

A US appeals court threw out Thursday a multi-million dollar award against toymaker Matell in a long-running dispute with a rival over Bratz children’s dolls. Matell was ordered to pay its competitor MGA Entertainment $170 million in 2011, along with nearly $140 million in legal fees, in the dispute over…

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