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Russia: U.S. demands to hand over Edward Snowden are ‘ravings and rubbish’

By Alexei Anishchuk and Thomas Grove MOSCOW/NAANTALI, Finland (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Tuesday a former U.S. spy agency contractor sought by the United States was in the transit area of a Moscow airport but ruled out handing him over to Washington, dismissing U.S. criticisms as “ravings and…

Democrats vow to restore voting protections after Supreme Court ruling

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress on Tuesday vowed to push to restore protections for the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a core provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.…

Catholic bishops: Indefinite detention ‘wounds the moral reputation of our nation’

The top of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States on Tuesday called on U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. In a letter, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops described the situation of detainees in…

Science fiction fans to honor author Richard Matheson after death

Science fiction legend Richard Matheson is to be honored in Los Angeles on Wednesday for his life work following his death Sunday at the age of 87. A prolific novelist and screenwriter, Matheson saw many of his writings become major motion pictures, including “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith in…

U.S. authorities urge widespread Hepatitis C testing in baby boomers

US authorities on Tuesday urged all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C, saying millions of Americans are unaware that they are infected with the liver disease. The so-called baby boom generation accounts for three out of four people with hepatitis C, according to Albert…

Sen. Rubio says he’s ‘satisfied’ with immigration reform bill

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio, shifting his tone on the U.S. immigration bill he helped to write, said on Tuesday he is now fully satisfied that the measure will do what it takes to secure the southern border with Mexico. Rubio, a potential presidential contender…

Singer Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown, on probation for punching and beating his former girlfriend, was charged on Tuesday with a hit-and-run and driving without a valid license in connection with a May 21 traffic accident in Los Angeles. Brown, 24, allegedly rear-ended another car and faces up…

Israeli security guard shoots Jewish man dead after ‘verbal confrontation’

An Israeli security guard who shot dead a Jewish man at Jerusalem’s Western Wall is suspected of murdering him after “a verbal confrontation”, a court protocol revealed on Tuesday. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court also allowed to publish the name of the suspect of the Friday shooting — Hadi Qabalan, a…

Environmental groups criticize Obama’s plan as ‘modest’

Environmental groups on Tuesday said US President Barack Obama’s plan to combat climate change is long overdue but will not be enough to reverse a global problem that is outpacing the solutions. Some experts warned it will be an uphill battle to implement the policies Obama announced, using his executive…

Taliban gunmen attack Afghan presidential palace and CIA facility

KABUL — Taliban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace in the heart of Kabul on Tuesday, just a week after insurgent leaders opened an office in Qatar for peace talks. A nearby building known to house a CIA base also came…

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