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U.S. Federal Reserve official urges central bank to act on unemployment

Fed members increasingly concerned about economic recovery ahead of next jobs report and September policy meeting The Federal Reserve needs to take action now to bring down the jobless rate, a top Fed official said on Monday. Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Federal Reserve, said the central bank should…

Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Unprecedented move comes after 11-year-old thought to have Down’s syndrome charged with desecrating the Qur’an Islamic leaders in Pakistan on Monday came out in support of a Christian girl with learning difficulties who is being held in prison, in an unprecedented public denunciation of the blasphemy law by hard-line mullahs.…

Obama vulnerable on economy, Romney weak on voter approval: poll

Poll: Obama vulnerable on economy, Romney weak on voter approval (via The Christian Science Monitor) President Obama faces an electorate with a bleak assessment of the American economy and the nation’s standing overall, according to polling released Monday by the conservative group Resurgent Republic, yet voters are evenly divided on…

Pussy Riot team appeals ‘punk prayer’ jailing

Pussy Riot lawyers on Monday appealed the jailing of three of the Russian band members for their “punk prayer” call for Vladimir Putin’s ouster ahead of his election to a new presidential term. The decision to contest this month’s controversial ruling came as news emerged that two other singers in…

Republican convention opens… for a few minutes

The Republican convention to crown Mitt Romney the presidential nominee opened Monday not with a bang but with a whimper, as the symbolic session was adjourned almost immediately for a day’s storm delay. Reince Preibus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, opened the session at 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), gaveling…

Defying the Twitter age, in-depth journalism experiences rebirth

The Twitter age is killing in-depth journalism, while local newspapers are becoming extinct — right? Then what is a talented young New York Times reporter doing founding a website devoted to in-depth local reporting? News aggregators, 24/7 news cycles, 140-character Tweets and attention-span-challenged web users have transformed much of the…

Presidential race a dead heat as conventions kick off: poll

President Barack Obama and the man who wants his job, Republican Mitt Romney, are locked in a neck-and-neck battle for the White House, with the challenger one point ahead in a new poll out Monday. As the two head into their parties’ conventions, beginning this week with the Republicans, the…

Greenpeace members scale Russian Arctic rig in second raid attempt

Greenpeace activists in an inflatable speedboat said Monday they had attached themselves to the anchor of a Russian ship taking workers to the country’s first Arctic oil production base. The second raid against the Gazprom rig in three days comes as Russia takes the lead from other Arctic powers in…

How China may be the next to land on the moon

Neil Armstrong’s 1969 lunar landing marked a pinnacle of US technological achievement, defining what many saw as the American century, but the next person to set foot on the moon will likely be Chinese. As the United States has scaled back its manned space programme to cut costs — a…

Twitter shakes up presidential election campaigns

Will tweets make the difference in the 2012 US presidential election? Twitter and other social media are being used by candidates to energize supporters, raise funds and shift the focus of the public debate for what some call the nation’s first “social election” in November. Twitter has the potential “to…

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