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Reporters Without Borders condemns Israel for detaining Palestinian journalist

The Reporters Without Borders watchdog on Thursday condemned Israel’s arrest and continuing detention of a Palestinian journalist working for the Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem. Mohamed Jamal Abu Khdeir was arrested on November 6 on charges of endangering Israeli national security, the watchdog said. On Wednesday, authorities extended his detention…

Colleges begin to get a taste of ‘Super Wi-Fi’

So-called “Super Wi-Fi,” a new kind of wireless broadband, got a boost Thursday with the announcement that the technology would become available to hundreds of US colleges and universities. Declaration Networks, a company working with colleges and non-profit groups, said it is now starting to offer the service to 500…

Paul McCartney calls on Putin to release ‘Greenpeace 30′

Paul McCartney: Hey Vlad, don’t make it bad for Greenpeace (via The Christian Science Monitor) Paul McCartney (top c.) and his wife watch a sumo ceremonial stamping form at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, in Fukuoka, Japan, on Thursday. Mr. McCartney published an open letter to Vladimir Putin this week,…

LGBT activists rip ‘out-of-touch’ Boehner for stifling ENDA non-discrimination bill

LGBT activists slammed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday for his latest refusal to move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). “Speaker Boehner has once again shown that he is out of touch with American voters,” GetEQUAL co-director Felipe Sousa Rodríguez told The Raw Story via email. “Over…

Street sweepers’ strike clutters Madrid’s tourism industry

A street-sweepers strike in Madrid has left streets strewn with paper, broken glass and other litter, dealing a blow to the Spanish capital’s image when it is already suffering a tourist slump. “Today I was told of the first cancellations. If the strike continues in the coming days, there will…

American Film Institute offers scholarships for films about China

The American Film Institute (AFI) has launched a scholarship scheme allowing student filmmakers to write movies about China, saying US cinema-goers need more cultural insight than “Kung Fu Panda.” Nine students at the AFI Conservatory will travel to China for “cultural” research,” to help them write a feature-length screenplay and…

Libya will modify existing law to conform to Sharia code

Libya is seeking to revise existing legislation to make it conform more to Islamic sharia law, a justice ministry document obtained by AFP shows. The text announces the establishment of a “committee charged with revising current legislation and to propose amendments that would not contradict the fundamental rules and regulations…

Militants kill Libyan chaplain and former police officer in Benghazi

Two attacks in Libya’s Benghazi Thursday killed an air force chaplain and a former police officer, a security official said, the latest in a wave of violence targeting soldiers and police. Sheikh Muftah al-Fitouri, who preached at the city’s Benina air base, was killed when an explosive device attached underneath…

Judge sentences mob kingpin Whitey Bulger to two life terms

A US judge Thursday sentenced notorious Boston underworld kingpin and reputed FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger to two life terms for 11 murders and dozens of other criminal charges. Judge Denise Casper added extra five years to his sentence and ordered Bulger to pay $19 million in restitution for his…

Obama tells Congress: More sanctions on Iran could disrupt negotiations

US President Barack Obama warned Thursday against imposing further sanctions on Iran, saying a deal would set back Tehran’s quest for nuclear weapons capability and prevent the “unintended consequences” of war. Obama pressed Congress as the UN nuclear watchdog said that Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities in the…

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