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Exclusive: Transgender people sue NYC over surgery requirement

Several transgender New Yorkers say the city is making it too difficult to obtain identification that reflects their new genders. Three transgender people announced Tuesday that they had filed suit against City of New York and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They object to the city’s “arbitrary” requirement…

China could overtake US economy by 2030: World Bank

HONG KONG (AFP) – China could overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy if it maintains annual growth of eight percent over the next 20 years, the World Bank’s chief economist said Wednesday. China, which last year overtook Japan as the number-two economy, has already set a growth…

US Senate to hold hearing on Muslim rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US Senate committee said Tuesday it will hold a hearing next week on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims, two weeks after another panel hotly debated the threat posed by homegrown Islamists. The US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights…

US bars some Japan foods over radiation fears

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has announced it was barring some food imports from Japan due to fears of radiation and nuclear contamination in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami disaster. The US Food and Drug Administration said it had placed an import alert on all milk, milk…

Libya command structure divides US, NATO allies

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The United States and key allies France and Britain are struggling to hammer out a new command structure for Libyan military operations amid divisions over the role NATO should play. US President Barack Obama, in El Salvador wrapping up a tour of Latin America, admitted Tuesday it…

Obama takes ‘unprecedented’ aim at leakers

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Elected on a promise of a more transparent government, President Barack Obama has taken “unprecedented” aim at leakers who divulge classified information to journalists, critics say. “We’ve seen the current president bringing five prosecutions so far… against people for whistleblowing, for leaks of classified information,” said Daniel…

Clinton vows to stay into second Obama term

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton said she planned to stay on as secretary of state into US President Barack Obama’s second term, presuming he wins re-election, to help with the transition. “I will stay until the beginning of the next term because I know it takes a while for people to…

US bars some Japan foods over radiation fears

WASHINGTON – The United States has announced it was barring some food imports from Japan due to fears of radiation and nuclear contamination in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami disaster. The US Food and Drug Administration said it had placed an import alert on all milk, milk products,…

Mike Huckabee backs reinstating military ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee said Tuesday he would support re-imposing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military if elected president. “I would — because that’s really what the military wants,” Huckabee told OneNewsNow. “There’s been some talk that the military is…

TSA union demands radiation monitoring at airport checkpoints

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesday to immediately implement a nationwide program to monitor radiation output at airport security checkpoints. AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 625,000 workers in the federal government, including Transportation Security Officers. “AFGE has…

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