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Marijuana advocates hope reclassification lawsuit against DEA relaxes drug policy

Michael Krawitz, from Elliston, Virginia, suffered a car accident while serving in the US air force which left him permanently disabled and in chronic pain. Years later he received a prescription for medical marijuana while abroad, which, when used with other pain treatment, stabilised his condition for the first time.…

RNC chair Priebus downplays ‘impressive’ Obama fundraising totals

Senior Republican figures attempted to downplay the role of money in the presidential race Sunday, as Barack Obama embarked on a new push for funds having already announced a record monthly haul. Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Republican national committee chairman Reince Priebus prompted speculation that Democrats were…

Syrian shell again strikes Turkish village

ANKARA — The Turkish military returned fire Sunday after a shell launched from Syria struck the southeastern Turkish border village of Akcakale, where five civilians were killed last week, the local mayor said. The Syrian shell landed in the grounds of a public building and there were no casualties, Mayor…

Thousands protest austerity in Madrid march

MADRID — Thousands joined a protest march in the Spanish capital Sunday against the conservative government’s austerity policies amid growing uncertainty over whether the country will need a financial bailout. “No more unemployment, no more cuts…. They will ruin the country, we must stop this,” read a large banner as…

One dead in Israeli air strike on Gaza: medic

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories — One Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded on Sunday in an Israeli air strike that targeted a motorbike in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources told AFP. “One citizen was killed and five others, including two children, were wounded by an Israeli aircraft that…

Catholic leaders gather to counter decline of faith

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday opened a meeting of Roman Catholic Church leaders from around the world to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council. The synod of 262 archbishops, bishops and other senior clerics heard a call from the pope…

Taliban mock U.S. as Afghan war enters 12th year

America’s longest war entered its 12th year Sunday, with the anniversary marked by a Taliban statement claiming that NATO forces are “fleeing Afghanistan” in “humiliation and disgrace”. The US led the invasion on October 7, 2001 to topple the Taliban government for harbouring Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after…

Report: Putin hails Pussy Riot jail terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the two-year jail sentences against three members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot for staging a performance protesting his rule, according to a report Sunday. “It was right to arrest them, and it was right that the court took the decision that it did,” Putin…

Late Cuban dissident’s family blames government for death

The Cuban government is to blame for the death of human rights activist Oswaldo Paya, family members said Saturday as they called for the acquittal of the Spaniard charged in the case. At a trial that began Friday, prosecutors have requested a seven-year jail term for Angel Carromero over the…

Controversial South Korean film highlights state torture

A controversial South Korean movie about state-sponsored torture premiered Saturday at the Busan film festival, with its director hoping it could influence the upcoming presidential election. Director Chung Ji-Young’s “National Security” highlights the often brutal treatment meted out under South Korea’s former military leadership installed by General Park Chung-Hee in…

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