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Angelina Jolie joins overseas anti-rape campaign

Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against the backdrop…

Americans more pessimistic about economy in May

Americans became slightly more pessimistic about the economy in May, a survey showed Tuesday, with consumers saying their opinion of the current situation and expectations of the future had weakened. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index declined from 68.7 in April to 64.9 in May. “Consumers were less…

Church sorry for ‘narrow-minded’ NC ban on marriage equality

A California church is planning of placing billboards in North Carolina to apologize for the Christians who voted to add discrimination against LGBT people to the state’s Constitution. Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego told WSOC-TV that they working to put up the first billboard in Charlotte as a way…

Italy to acquire robotic warfare capabilities from U.S.

The Italian government will become the second U.S. ally to have its Reaper drone aircraft fitted with U.S. missile launching capabilities, White House sources told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Congress had 40 days to review the sale and raise objections, but the report noted that no member raised…

Peggy Noonan: Romney needs to cut ties with Trump ‘freak show’

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan is calling on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to disassociate himself with Donald Trump’s “freak show.” CBS host Charlie Rose on Tuesday asked Noonan why Romney was attending a fundraiser later that day with Trump even after the billionaire continued to insist that President…

Romney: Trump is ‘good people’ despite birther views

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is refusing to repudiate Donald Trump even though the billionaire continues to believe that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Speaking to reporters aboard his campaign plane on Monday, Romney said he did not agree with Trump but stopped short of saying…

U.S. envoy under fire in Russia after ‘shocking’ speech

Washington’s controversial ambassador to Moscow was forced to defend himself through Twitter on Tuesday after the Russian foreign ministry furiously condemned a speech he made as shocking. Ambassador Michael McFaul – a top former foreign policy aide ofPresident Barack Obama who arrived in Russia in January — became the talk of state television this weekend for reportedly accusing the Kremlin of…

U.S. law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf files for bankruptcy

US law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has filed for bankruptcy after a partner exodus, in what the New York Times called the biggest law firm collapse in US history. “Unlike most other Chapter 11 cases, this filing does not anticipate a return to business but rather a managed wind-down of affairs, followed…

U.S. ‘plain English’ activists combat how to use ‘gobbledygook’

Why not say “change” rather than “effect modifications”, or “publish” rather than “promulgate”, or “pay” instead of “remunerate”? So say plain speaking advocates fighting to end “gobbledygook”. Winning such a battle “would benefit everyone,” said those gathered in Washington last week for a three-day conference aimed at banishing jargon from…

Report: Obama personally oversees Al-Qaeda ‘kill list’

US President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a “kill list,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing dozens of top officials and former advisers, said the administration had developed what it termed the “kill list” as part of a stepped-up drone war against…

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