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U.S. again warns Syria on chemical weapons

The United States has intelligence which raises “serious concerns” that Syria is considering employing chemical weapons in its war with rebel forces, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. “Without commenting on the specific intelligence that we have with regards to these chemical weapons, I think there is no question…

Obama warns of human cost of fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama traveled to the suburban apartment of a high school teacher Thursday, to warn of the human cost of failing to solve the US “fiscal cliff” tax and austerity crisis. Obama sat at the kitchen table of Tiffany Santana in Virginia to issue a new warning that he…

Bradley Manning in solitary for own protection, says brig commander

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning was placed in solitary confinement in a military prison to protect him from possible attacks from “patriotic” inmates, the Marine brig commander said Thursday. James Averhart, in charge of the brig at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, where Manning was held for nine months, said…

Netflix faces penalty for CEO’s Facebook comments

Online video giant Netflix said Thursday it faces a possible penalty from US regulators for comments made by its top executive on his Facebook account about subscriber activity. The company made the disclosure in a regulatory filing as well as in another Facebook posting by CEO Reed Hastings. The company…

Algerian police seize 19 tons of marijuana

Algerian police have seized 19 tonnes of cannabis resin in the western Tlemcen region, near the Moroccan border, and arrested four suspected traffickers, an Algerian daily reported on Thursday. The seizure was made on Wednesday at a farm in the border village of Akid Lotfi, where four people, including the…

Ecuador says Assange doing ‘fine’ in London embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange endured a “difficult” start to his stay at Ecuador’s London embassy but is now “fine” after living there for more than five months, the country’s ambassador to Britain said Thursday. The former hacker turned up at the embassy in June in a bid to avoid extradition…

Stem cell pioneer sues Nobel assembly over ‘false’ statement

A pioneer of stem cell research is suing the assembly that awards the Nobel medicine prize, in a first such lawsuit, over claims it made about this year’s winners, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Rongxiang Xu, who describes himself as the founder of “human body regenerative restoration science” claims he made…

Russia upset after U.S. vows to punish human rights violators

The US Congress drew a furious response from the Kremlin on Thursday by passing legislation that targeted human rights abusers in the prison death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Voting 92-4, the US Senate approved establishing permanent normal trade relations with Russia, ending Cold War-era restrictions, but also requiring sanctions…

Hunter Moore of IsAnyoneUp.com announces new revenge porn website

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian Controversial internet provocateur announces creation of ‘something that will question if you ever want to have kids’ Hunter Moore, a notorious internet provocateur who turned “revenge porn” into a phenomenon, has announced that he is returning to the genre, eight months after shutting down his controversial website, isanyoneup.com…

Typhoon-hit Philippines tells climate talk attendees: ‘Open your eyes’

The Philippines urged bickering UN climate negotiators in Doha on Thursday to take heed of the deadly typhoon that struck the archipelago this week and wake up to the realities of global warming. Philippine climate envoy Naderev Sano made an emotive appeal for action as the annual United Nations gathering…

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