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Former Guantanamo chief prosecutor petitions Obama to close prison camp

A former chief prosecutor for the controversial American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay has called for the prison to be closed, launching an online petition that has gathered some 60,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. Col Morris Davis served for two years as the chief prosecutor for terrorism trials…

Collapsed Bangladeshi garment factory was used by U.S. companies

The United States acknowledged Wednesday that American clothing manufacturers were being supplied by the Bangladeshi garment factory complex whose collapse likely killed at least 550 people. The State Department also called on the impoverished country to improve its security measures and labor conditions. “We understand that businesses operating in this…

FBI releases photos of three Benghazi attack suspects

US authorities on Wednesday released pictures of three men it said were present during the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in eastern Libya, saying it wanted to question them. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website did not say whether the three men — all of whom appear…

South Korean toddler gets first ever windpipe transplant

An international team of surgeons has successfully given a South Korean-Canadian toddler a life-saving windpipe transplant made from plastic fibers and some of her own stem cells. Hannah Warren, 2, was born without a trachea and is now the youngest person to ever receive a bio-engineered organ, after an operation…

Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia faces human trafficking probe

Federal authorities are investigating a Saudi Arabian diplomatic compound in Virginia over a potential case of human trafficking, according to BuzzFeed and NBC Washington. Federal and local police were called to a home in McLean overnight, where they encountered “two potential victims of trafficking” from the Philippines. One of the…

Obama will use Mexico visit to discuss rift over drug war tactics

Barack Obama will use a visit to Mexico this week to discuss a potential rift over the unfettered cross-border access enjoyed by US agents in the war against drugs cartels. Intent on demonstrating independence from the US, Mexican president Peña Nieto is ending the unprecedented degree of access that US…

The next MySpace? Facebook lost 10 million U.S. users over past year

Facebook has lost 10 million users in the US and seen no growth in monthly visitors in the UK over the past year, according to data from market research firm Nielsen. Research shows that the number of unique visitors to the Facebook website from computers, smartphones and tablets has fallen…

Federal Reserve suggests more easing if economy falters

The Federal Reserve kept its easy-money policies Wednesday but left the door open to step up bond purchases if the economy slowed under the government’s severe “sequester” spending cuts. The central bank’s policy board, the Federal Open Market Committee, said after a two-day meeting that the economy continued to grow…

Playing video games can reverse cognitive decline: study

Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, according to a study released Wednesday. The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people age 50 and older found that those who played a videogame were able to improve a range of…

Police: Shrapnel-filled pipe bomb found in Oregon had 100-yard blast radius

A pipe bomb unexpectedly discovered by two women in Oregon was capable of 100-yard blast radius, police said. The Associated Press reported the two women found the explosive device Saturday while helping clean up a trailer home park. The bomb was filled with explosive powder and 4-inch nails. “Each one…

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