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Major General Michael Harrison suspended over handling of sex assault case

A general who oversees US Army troops in Japan has been suspended for allegedly failing to report or investigate an account of a possible sexual assault, officials said Friday. The unusual move underscored heightened concern over sexual assault in the ranks amid a rise in reported incidents and a spate…

Women in Afghan parliament receive threats –from fellow lawmakers

It takes a lot to rattle Shukria Barakzai, a staunch…  …

Newark Mayor Booker announces run for open New Jersey Senate seat

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy on Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat for New Jersey and will run in a Democratic primary set for August to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. “I do not run from…

British government pressed over use of America’s PRISM spy system

The opposition Labour party on Saturday demanded clarification from the British government about the use by its spies of intelligence from a controversial US surveillance programme. There are concerns that eavesdropping agency GCHQ, in using US data, may have been able to circumvent British legal processes required to seek personal…

Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes Earth: NASA

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon on Saturday, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial objects that has raised awareness of potentially hazardous impacts on the planet. NASA said Asteroid…

Russia TV pulls show over Putin divorce joke

Russian state television has pulled a show over a joke about President Vladimir Putin’s surprise divorce announcement, one of its presenters said Saturday. In a carefully staged announcement on Thursday, Putin said that he and his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila, were to have a “civilised divorce” because they now…

White House chief of staff tours Guantanamo

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough toured Guantanamo Bay with two top senators to follow up on President Barack Obama’s renewed vow to close the war on terror facility. The visit to the prison — where most of the 166 remaining detainees are on a hunger strike unprecedented in…

Thousands of Turks defy Prime Minister Erdogan’s call for end to protest

By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for an immediate end to protests that have spawned the most violent riots of his decade in power. In central Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where riot…

PRISM: Europe reacts to U.S. surveillance revelations with anger

By Georgina Prodhan and Claire Davenport VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europeans reacted angrily on Friday to revelations that U.S. authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data, saying they confirmed their worst fears about American Web giants and showed tighter regulations were needed. The Washington Post and the…

Hungarian villages evacuate as flood waters surge toward Budapest

Hungary began evacuating villages and reinforced leaking dykes along the rising Danube River on Saturday, as central Europe’s worst floods in over a decade headed toward Budapest. The floods have killed at least 14 people, forced thousands from their homes and have left billions of euros in damage in their…

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