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Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ video praised and banned

“Gangnam Style” star Psy was praised by South Korea’s president and slammed by its state broadcaster all on the same day Thursday, as his new song “Gentleman” made more than just musical waves. While President Park Geun-Hye cited Psy’s “exemplary” respect for copyright principles, KBS television banned the “Gentleman” music…

North Korea lists conditions for talks

North Korea laid out conditions Thursday for any talks with Seoul or Washington, including the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills. “If the US and the South enemies… genuinely want dialogue and negotiation, they should take these steps,” the North’s National Defence…

Kerry blames Iran for attack on Iraq camp

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Iranian government for a deadly attack on an opposition camp in Iraq, and voiced fears of another assault. “We are deeply engaged in this. I am very concerned about the potential of another attack,” Kerry told US lawmakers when asked about the…

Using social pressure to drive voter turnout often backfires, study finds

Research published in the May issue of American Politics Research has confirmed what many have already suspected. Attempting to increase voter turnout through the use of social pressure can be a harmful campaign strategy, resulting in backlash against the candidate. “Efforts to motivate positive social behavior by using social pressure…

Juror faces contempt charge over Facebook post

A juror will be prosecuted for contempt of court after allegedly writing on Facebook that he wanted to “fuck up a paedophile” during the trial of a convicted child sex offender. Kasim Davey was discharged as a juror in the trial in December when he wrote on Facebook: “Woooow I…

A look at the key senators who killed the background checks amendment

The senators, Democrat and Republican, who killed the bipartisan compromise amendment on background checks for gun sales explained their opposition in terms of principle. But gun reformers will view it more as political cowardice on the part of politicians fearful of damaging their re-election chances. The vote was on a…

Apple shares drop to 16-month low

Apple shares have dipped to a 16-month low as concern that muted phone and tablet sales may cause the company to miss its own revenue targets. In morning trading, Apple’s stock fell below $400 for the first time since December 2011. The shares reached more than $705 in September last…

Mississippi man arrested over ricin laced letter sent to Obama

US authorities have arrested a suspect over mailings laced with the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and a senator, officials said. “Today at approximately 5:15 pm (2215 GMT), FBI special agents arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, the individual believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters…

John Kerry on Benghazi: I don’t think anybody lied to anybody

US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Wednesday that nobody had lied about last year’s attack on a US mission in Libya that killed four Americans, and he urged lawmakers to move on. The former senator found the tables turned as he was grilled about the hot-button issue by his…

Third Boston Marathon bombing victim identified as Chinese national Lu Lingzi

A Chinese student has been identified as the third person to have died in the Boston marathon bombings. Boston University confirmed that a statistics student, Lu Lingzi, 23, died when she was watching the race on Monday. China’s state newswire Xinhua said she been watching the race with two friends…

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