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U.S. law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf files for bankruptcy

US law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has filed for bankruptcy after a partner exodus, in what the New York Times called the biggest law firm collapse in US history. “Unlike most other Chapter 11 cases, this filing does not anticipate a return to business but rather a managed wind-down of affairs, followed…

Fury of Turkey’s women as PM likens abortion to murder

Some 300 women are to protest to the Turkish governmentTuesday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked fury among women’s rights advocates by likening abortion to murder. Activists have expressed outrage at the premier’s remarks, branding him a “woman’s enemy.” The representatives from women’s associations will meet Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Sahin, who has…

U.S. ‘plain English’ activists combat how to use ‘gobbledygook’

Why not say “change” rather than “effect modifications”, or “publish” rather than “promulgate”, or “pay” instead of “remunerate”? So say plain speaking advocates fighting to end “gobbledygook”. Winning such a battle “would benefit everyone,” said those gathered in Washington last week for a three-day conference aimed at banishing jargon from…

Pakistan cleric arrested over dancing death decree

Police in Pakistan on Tuesday arrested a Muslim cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country. “Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it,” local administration officialAqal Badshah Khattak told AFP. “The…

Eight killed as Italy hit by new quake

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake which struck northeast Italy on Tuesday killed eight people and injured several others, police told the ANSA news agency. Three people were killed in San Felice del Panaro when a factory collapsed, two others died in the town of Mirandola, one in Concordia and one in Finale, police captain Salvatore Iannizzotto in Modena said.…

UN says most victims in Syria town were massacre

Most of the victims of the massacre in the Syrian town of Houlawere summarily executed, the UN rights body said on Tuesday, amid global outrage over the killings. “It’s believed that under 20 of the 108 killings can be attributed to artillery and tank fire,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Most…

New computer virus potential destructive to Iran

A Russian computer firm has discovered a new computer virus with unprecedented destructive potential which could be used as a “cyberweapon” by the West and Israel against foes such as Iran. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, said its experts discovered the virus — known as Flame — during an…

Report: Obama personally oversees Al-Qaeda ‘kill list’

US President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a “kill list,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing dozens of top officials and former advisers, said the administration had developed what it termed the “kill list” as part of a stepped-up drone war against…

US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last…

Egyptian runoff candidate’s HQ torched in Cairo

Unidentified assailants set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq on Monday after officials said he would face a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the second round. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went up in flames hours after election officials announced that the former premier,…

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