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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…

Russia offers to consider possible Edward Snowden asylum request

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says any appeal for asylum from whistleblower who fled US will be looked at ‘according to facts’ Russia has offered to consider an asylum request from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Kremlin’s latest move to woo critics of the west. Snowden fled the United States…

Russian LGBT rights activists detained after ‘kissing protest’

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a “kissing protest” on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual “propaganda”. The bill is one of a series of socially conservative measures garnering support in the…

EU wants privacy guarantees from U.S. amid PRISM crisis

The EU said Tuesday it will seek a strong commitment from the United States to respect the rights of European citizens, following revelations that Washington is running a worldwide Internet surveillance programme. Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, “will raise the issue with force and determination” at a meeting in…

China launches longest-ever manned space mission

China Tuesday began its longest manned space mission with the launch of the Shenzhou-10 rocket, state television showed, as the country steps up an ambitious exploration programme symbolising its growing power. The rocket ascended above the Jiuquan space centre in the Gobi Desert trailing a vast column of flame. The…

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