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Poll: 59 percent of New Yorkers believe NYPD favors whites

A majority of New Yorkers believe the city’s police department is biased against blacks and Hispanics and in favor of whites, according to a poll Tuesday. The New York Times poll found that 59 percent see the NYPD favoring whites, while only 27 percent think police treat all fairly. The most critical view…

Lawyer: Pussy Riot members may face violence in prison

A lawyer for Pussy Riot has warned that three members of the feminist punk band sentenced to jail last week could face violence and discrimination because of the intense state campaign against them. “For half a year, state-run television has built up a very negative image of them – that they’re blasphemers, heretics,” said…

14-year-old boy raped in Manchester department store bathroom

Police are searching for two men after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a Manchester department store toilet on a Saturday afternoon. The boy was in the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre at around 5.45pm on June 2 when he went to the toilet. “While there he was approached by two…

Obama warns Syria of ‘enormous consequences’ if chemical weapons used

US President Barack Obama warned Syria of “enormous consequences” if it resorts to chemical weapons, as regime forces launched a wave of air and ground attacks and a Japanese reporter was killed in Aleppo. Regime fighter jets and shells struck towns in northern Syria and areas in Damascus on Tuesday,…

Afghan rocket attack damages top U.S. general’s plane

A rocket fired on a US airbase in Afghanistan early Tuesday damaged the aircraft of America’s top military officer and wounded two maintenance crew, officers said. Two insurgent rockets struck the vast Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of…

Passage of California’s Prop. 37 would make it first state to label genetically modified food

Prop. 37: Will California be first state to label genetically modified food? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Another multimillion-dollar fight over a ballot initiative – with big implications for the country – is brewing here in California. The initiative, which is on the ballot this November, has a mouthful of…

Foreign journalists ‘intimidated’ in China: press groups

Foreign press associations in China expressed alarm Tuesday over recent incidents of intimidation directed against foreign media workers, including the alleged beating of a Japanese journalist. The Foreign Correspondents’ Clubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong said they were “extremely concerned” by four recent cases of journalists who had been…

Giving babies antibiotics could lead to obesity: study

Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday. “We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly studies suggest it’s more complicated,” said co-author Leonardo Trasande of the New York University…

Facebook shares now at half-price

If you bought Facebook shares in the May IPO and held onto them, by Monday morning you would have lost more than half your investment — and not see any encouraging signs of making your money back. Three months after the largest tech share issue ever on US markets, Facebook…

NASA wants to measure ‘Marsquakes’

Just 10 days after NASA’s Curiosity rover sent back its first color photos of the Martian landscape, the US space agency said it wants in 2016 to take a better look at what’s happening beneath the Red Planet’s surface. “Does Mars have fault lines like the Earth does? How extensive…

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