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Jimmy Carter in Nepal to observe polls in long-awaited election

Former US president Jimmy Carter said Saturday he was confident Nepal’s long-awaited elections next week would proceed peacefully, despite threats of violence from anti-poll protesters. Carter, 89, is in Kathmandu to lead a 50-person team from the Atlanta-based Carter Center, who will monitor Tuesday’s crucial vote, only the second such…

The rise of far right parties across Europe is a chilling echo of the 1930s

Having played down their fascist sympathies they’re re-emerging now after a PR facelift. Time is running out to counter them Since the global banking crisis in 2007, commentators across the political spectrum have confidently predicted not only the imminent collapse of the euro, but sooner or later an unavoidable implosion…

Maher: If Palin thinks the Pope is too liberal, ‘wait until she sees what Jesus has been saying’

On Real Time tonight, Bill Maher “documented” the Twitter war between Sarah Palin and Pope Francis. Earlier this week, Palin attacked the Pope, saying “he’s had some statements that sound to me kind of liberal. He’s taken me aback.” “Well,” Maher continued, “if she thinks Pope Francis is liberal, wait…

MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin’s ‘Up Late’ for 2 weeks for anti-LGBT slur

Variety reports that MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin’s “Up Late” program for two weeks after an incident in which the host and actor called a man filming his family a “c**ksucking f*g.” Baldwin quickly apologized for the remarks, tweeting “Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard…

Canadians ‘uncomfortable’ with spotlight brought by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

While Rob Ford’s antics are the focus of a spiraling scandal gripping Toronto, the infamy of his misdeeds has only been made possible by the phalanx of journalists covering his every move. Reporters, cameramen and producers from around the world have for 10 days been packed into the narrow second-floor…

Attorney General worried about proliferation of 3-D printed weaponry if ‘Undetectable Firearms Act’ allowed to expire

The 25-year-old ban on firearms that can’t be detected by metal detectors is set to expire in December, and Attorney General Eric Holder is concerned that the 3-D printing technology could lead to a vast increase in the number of metal-free guns being smuggled into and out of the country.…

New York Police Department concerned violent ‘Knockout’ game spreading via social media

The New York Police Department is investigating a series of unprovoked recent beatings as possible hate crimes, as they are increasingly occurring in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. According to police, bored teens are playing a game called “Knockout,” the purpose of which is to incapacitate a passing pedestrian with a single…

San Francisco transforms into Gotham City to allow 5-year-old leukemia patient to play ‘Batkid’ for a day

A 5-year-old boy with cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered across town in…

Former Pink Floyd vocalist charged with sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Roy Harper, who sang lead vocal on Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic “Have a Cigar” and is widely acknowledged as an influence on Led Zeppelin, has been charged with nine counts of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl. The charges stem from contact Harper had with the girl beginning in 1975…

Facebook claims new ad policy is ‘unchanged’

Facebook said Friday that ads on the social network featuring user endorsements and pictures were nothing new, and that members remain in control of their own content and images. The company’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan, in a blog post responding to complaints about user-picture ads, said the policies of…

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