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Activists and family blame suicide of Aaron Swartz on overzealous prosecution

Angry Internet activists mourned Sunday the loss of Aaron Swartz, a US programming prodigy who took his own life at just 26, weeks before he was due to go on trial for alleged computer fraud. “Aaron did more than almost anyone to make the Internet a thriving ecosystem for open…

Obama to push for comprehensive immigration reform

President Barack Obama is set to push for a comprehensive immigration bill as part of an overhaul of the system despite calls from some Republicans for a piecemeal approach, it was reported Saturday. The New York Times cited White House officials in suggesting the president will lay out concrete plans…

Palestinian camp shines light on protest action

A Palestinian “village” on land slated for Israeli settlement could draw new attention to non-violent Palestinian protests against Israeli occupation and be a model for future action, activists say. Early on Sunday, some 500 Israeli police moved to evacuate the West Bank Palestinian protest camp of Bab al-Shams, a tent…

Russia: ‘Impossible’ to remove Syria’s Assad from power

Russia on Sunday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal from power was not a part of past international agreements on the crisis and impossible to implement. “This is a precondition that is not contained in the Geneva communique (agreed by world powers in June) and which is impossible to implement…

Tens of millions could face droughts and floods due to carbon emissions: report

Tens of millions of people may be spared droughts and floods by 2050 if Earth-warming carbon emissions peak in 2016 rather than 2030, scientists said on Sunday. Climate researchers in Britain and Germany said emission cuts now would delay some crippling impacts by decades and prevent some altogether. By 2050,…

U.S. consulate worker stabbed to death in South Africa

A woman stabbed to death an American man who worked at the US consulate in South Africa in the early hours of Sunday, police said. A guard at a residential complex in upmarket Johannesburg suburb Illovo heard a woman screaming around 3:00 am (0100 GMT), said police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini.…

Russians protest against anti-U.S. adoption law

At least 20,000 Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday to protest a Kremlin law banning US adoptions of Russian orphans in a move the opposition hopes will breathe some life into the faltering protest movement. The protest, dubbed the “March Against Scoundrels,” was aimed at naming and shaming lawmakers who…

AIG sues New York Fed over lawsuit rights

American International Group has filed a lawsuit against an investment structure created by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to help bailout the insurer, in a bid to sue mortgage debt issuers. According to the complaint filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, AIG is seeking…

New Holocaust museum opened at gruesome WWII site

Belgium’s newly-opened Holocaust and human rights museum stands symbolically on the site of a barracks commandeered by the Nazis as a wartime transit centre for Jews and Gypsies being sent to the death camps. The new “Kazerne Dossin” in the Flemish town of Mechelen, comprising a museum, memorial and documentation…

Fire threatens top Australian telescope site Siding Spring Observatory

Australia’s top research observatory home to several telescopes used by scientists from around the world was under threat from wildfires on Sunday as hot weather and lightning storms stoked scores of new blazes. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, issued an emergency warning…

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