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Journalist claims Washington Post killed article on Iraq war media failures

The Washington Post has been accused by a journalist of spiking a piece he was commissioned to write about the US media’s failures in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Greg Mitchell, a veteran journalist and author (see here), claims his assigned piece for the Post was killed and…

Western powers face criticism over United Nations arms treaty

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone “backwards” from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, which expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the…

Supporters and foes of same sex marriage to rally at Supreme Court

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington on Tuesday, when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case. Over two days, lawyers from both sides of the emotionally-charged debate over marriage equality will put their cases before the nine…

Prosecutors: Muslim community thwarted 2011 terror plot in Seattle

A man was jailed for 18 years Monday for planning to attack a military recruiting center with machine guns and grenades, as prosecutors thanked the local Muslim community for helping foil the plot. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 34, was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term…

Aerospace lobby hopes to renew NASA with crowd-funded ad campaign

The aerospace lobby has launched a new crowd-funded advertisement campaign to raise awareness about NASA’s space exploration programs. Daniel N. Stohr, the director of communications for the Aerospace Industries Association, told Raw Story on Monday that the campaign was aimed at increasing investments in the space program. “Raising awareness of…

Scientists: Long winter in U.S. the result of melting Arctic ice cap

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and north America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea…

Protestors call for resignation of official after she blames the family for a child’s rape in day care

Protesters on Monday demanded the resignation of Tunisia’s minister for women’s affairs, Sihem Badi, accusing her of defending a children’s nursery where a three-year-old girl was raped. The protesters, among them relatives of the victim, gathered outside the ministry in Tunis shouting slogans against Badi, including “Minister of shame, get…

Virginia senator announces support for same sex marriage

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Monday announced his support for same sex marriage in a post on Facebook. “I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” he wrote. “Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this…

U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout Fighting wars is expensive, but so is winding them down. As the US prepares to ship most of its weapons, vehicles and other equipment home after more than a decade in…

Sunken Nazi U-boat discovered off Norwegian coast by state oil company

The wreck of a German World War II submarine that was sunk with 48 people on board has been found off Norway’s coast during work on an oil pipe, a maritime museum official said Monday. The “U-486″ was torpedoed and broken in two by a British submarine in April 1945…

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