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Bolivia, fearing coup from police mutiny, deploys troops

Bolivia’s military ordered troops into the streets of major citiesSaturday following a police mutiny that the government said appeared to be setting the stage for a coup attempt. Communications Minister Amanda Davila said the striking police were stockpiling weapons and pressuring other units to turn over their arms, calling it a “coup scenario.”…

Israeli protesters fight cops over alleged police brutality

Demonstrators battled police in central Tel Aviv on Saturday nightin protest at what they said was excessive police use of force at arally the previous night. An AFP photographer saw several scuffles between police and protestors on Saturday and at least one demonstrator had a bloody face. The confrontation was in reaction to incidents…

Global warming activists arrested at Buckingham Palace

Four climate change activists were arrested in London on Saturday after they scaled the gates of Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace residence and chained themselves to the railings. The campaigners from the Climate Siren group wore t-shirts bearing the words “climate emergency. 10% annual emission cuts,” and shouted slogans through megaphones. The group said they wanted the queen to…

Berlin gay pride parade attracts 700,000 participants

Camp costumes and colourful drag flooded the streets of Berlin on Saturday as hundreds of thousands took part in the city’s annualChristopher Street Day gay pride parade. Marching and dancing to thumping techno music, the crowds made their way from the cosmopolitan Kreuzberg district to theBrandenburg Gate, where DJs and musicians were scheduled to…

Too many wildfires caused by gun owners, says Utah governor

Too many wildfires caused by gun owners, says Utah governor (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Some of the wildfires scorching the West this year were sparked by unusual culprits: Gun owners. Or, more specifically, gun shooters. As with the Dump fire in Utah, which flared hard enough on Friday…

Syria’s Assad ‘issues decree forming new govt’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Saturday forming a new government, state television said, less than two months after controversial parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition. “President Bashar al-Assad has issued Decree 210 forming a new government under Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab,” the television said. Foreign Minister…

Schwarzenegger takes on Google in battle of Venice Beach

Film star and former bodybuilder speaks out against internet firm’s move to bohemian enclave of Los Angeles Venice Beach has long been known as the bohemian heart of Los Angeles. It was a place by the sea where the city’s obsession with Hollywood stars gave way to a strange mix…

Stuxnet cyberweapon set to stop operating

Stuxnet cyberweapon set to stop operating) Goodbye Stuxnet. And Iranian officials would doubtless hasten to add: “Good riddance.” At one second…  …

CERN to give update on search for ‘God-particle’

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research said Friday it may announce next month whether tests with its atom-smasher have found the elusive “God particle”. Known formally as the Higgs boson, the particle is the theoretical missing link in the standard model of physics and is believed to be what gives…

U.S. denies ‘safe passage’ scheme for Assad

The United States said Thursday there was no truth to reports it was ready, along with Britain, to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad safe passage to travel to Geneva to meet opposition leaders. Washington said it was not its role to decide Assad’s fate, but outside pressure nevertheless built on…

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