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Egyptian women and ‘Tahrir Bodyguards’ declare war against rampant ‘sexual terrorism’

Faced with a spike in sexual violence against female protesters, Egyptian women are overcoming stigma and recounting painful testimonies to force silent authorities and a reticent society to confront “sexual terrorism”. The victims of the attacks have been talking openly about their ordeals, insisting they will not be intimidated by…

Donald Trump — but not Chris Christie — to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Donald Trump and Chris Christie are both outsized personalities, but only one of them is apparently big enough to speak at the CPAC conservative gathering next week – and it is not the New Jersey governor. Just days after creating headlines by not inviting Christie to one of the biggest…

Stock markets surge as Dow closes at all-time high

Stock markets in New York and London climbed to new highs on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its highest closing level and the London market surpassed a level last reached five years ago. Better-than-expected news from the service sector on both sides of the Atlantic and…

Gun control debate fueling ‘explosive’ rise in far-right extremist groups: report

The number of anti-government, far-right extremist groups has soared to record levels since 2008 and they are becoming increasingly militant, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It says the number of groups in the “Patriot” movement stood at 1,360 in 2012, up from 149 in 2008…

Obama on the death of Hugo Chavez: We support the Venezuelan people

President Barack Obama said within hours of the death of American foe President Hugo Chavez Tuesday that the United States was interested in a “constructive” future relationship with Venezuela. Antipathy in the US Congress towards the leftist champion Chavez, who died after a long battle with cancer, meanwhile bubbled up…

Shipwreck may contain near-mythical Viking navigation aid

An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday. The stone is made of Iceland spar, a transparent, naturally-occurring calcite crystal that polarises light and can get a…

Republican leaders optimistic about averting government shutdown

Leaders from both sides of the bitterly divided US Congress said Tuesday they were optimistic about a funding bill that would avert a possible government shutdown at the end of the month. President Barack Obama has been pushing for a deal in recent days by calling several Republican lawmakers, the…

News Corp to launch Fox Sports 1 to challenge ESPN’s dominance

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. on Tuesday announced plans for a new multi-sport network for the US market called Fox Sports 1 to challenge ESPN’s dominance. The launch had been widely anticipated as the conglomerate pursues a plan to split its publishing operations from its film and entertainment units. “Our secret,…

White House says ‘no more tours’ until Congress agrees to end sequester

This afternoon, Roll Call reported that the White House will no longer be giving tours to the public due to budget cuts that resulted from the sequester. White House officials said they’re cancelling tours due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration. White House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.,…

‘Cannibal cop’ says torturing and eating women nothing more than his fantasy

New York’s so-called “cannibal cop” opened his defense in court Tuesday with video testimony from the Russian founder of an extreme fetish website who said that discussing eating young women was a standard online fantasy. Sergey Merenkov described his site darkfetishnet.com, a favorite of suspended New York police Officer Gilberto…

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