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Hong Kong confirms first human case of H7N9 bird flu

Hong Kong on Tuesday confirmed its first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, according to a report, in the latest sign of the virus spreading beyond mainland China. A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of travelling to the mainland city of Shenzhen and coming into contact…

Elderly woman sues private prison company for denying cancer medication for the month she was in solitary confinement

A private prison company allegedly put an elderly woman in solitary confinement and prevented her from taking her medication, according to a lawsuit filed last month. Carol Lester, a 73-year-old serving time in a New Mexico prison for embezzling funds to fuel her gambling addiction, is suing Corrections Corporation of…

Giant mirrors at Fox News terrorize comedians who attended Huckabee taping after ‘too many’ weed cookies

Comedians Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel went on The Pete Holmes Show last week and told him exactly why neither he, nor anyone else, should ever attend a taping of Fox News’s Huckabee while high. “We thought it would be really funny to put on suits and eat way too…

U.S. Navy deploys new surveillance aircraft to Japan

The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tension over China’s territorial claims in the region. Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing…

Egypt detains prominent secular activist again

An Egyptian prosecutor ordered Monday the detention of a prominent secular activist for taking part in an unauthorised protest, just a day after he was freed over a similar case, state media reported. Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement which was one of the main groups that spearheaded…

Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students

A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course. According to Gibney in an interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we…

China dismisses Canada spy allegations

Beijing on Monday dismissed as “groundless” allegations that a Canadian naval engineer is a Chinese spy. Qing Quentin Huang, 53, was charged at the weekend under Canada’s Security of Information Act with two counts of attempting to communicate classified information to a foreign entity. He is alleged to have shared…

Olympic diver and British star Tom Daley reveals gay relationship

British diving star Tom Daley said on Monday he was in a relationship with a man but that he still “fancied” girls as he became the latest sports star to make a public declaration regarding their sexuality. The 19-year-old, a bronze medallist at last year’s London Olympics and one of…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks tough on Iran ahead of Vatican talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Pope Francis on Monday as part of a visit to Rome during which he restated his firm opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu was received for the first time for a short audience by the pontiff, who is expected to travel to…

Bank of America pays Freddie Mac $404 million over subprime loans

Bank of America said on Monday it will pay mortgage financier Freddie Mac $404 million to resolve claims over subprime loans the bank sold before the housing crisis. Bank of America said the agreement would resolve all of Freddie’s remaining claims over more than 700,000 mortgage loans the bank’s Countrywide…

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