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Lawyers: Protect IP Act would align U.S. Internet policy with ‘repressive regimes’

A group of Internet and intellectual property law professors have penned a letter to congressional lawmakers in opposition to the Protect IP Act, which would give the government sweeping new powers to take websites offline, censor search engines and sue Internet publishers accused of infringing activities. In the letter, they…

National teachers’ group endorses Obama for 2nd term

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The nation’s largest teachers union voted on Monday to recommend that President Barack Obama be elected for another term. The vote from National Education Association delegates at a meeting in Chicago was 72.03 percent, a bit down from the last time the NEA recommended Obama in 2008,…

Security tests begin on London 2012 venues

LONDON (Reuters) – British police have begun testing Olympic venues against all potential terrorist threats, including from Irish dissidents and Islamists, the policeman in charge of 2012 security told Reuters. Next summer’s London Games are predicted to be Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation, and will be policed at a severe…

Yemen arrests head of Shiite opposition party

Yemeni authorities arrested the head of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport on Tuesday as he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah, his son said. “My father was detained,” Mohammed Hassan Zaid told AFP. “He was travelling to Jeddah when he was detained and not allowed to leave.”…

French nuclear reactor authorized for 10 more years

French safety authorities Monday said they had cleared a reactor at a 33-year-old nuclear plant to go on functioning for another decade provided maintenance work is carried out. The number one reactor at Fessenheim, France’s oldest nuclear plant, “is suitable to be used for 10 more years on condition that…

U.S. links Pakistan’s ISI to journalist killing: report

WASHINGTON — US officials believe Pakistan’s spy agency was behind the killing of a Pakistani journalist who reported that Islamist militants had infiltrated the military, the New York Times reported. The newspaper quoted two senior officials as saying that intelligence showed that senior members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)…

Up to 1 million Thais deprived of voting rights

Up to one million Thais were disenfranchised ahead of the kingdom’s crucial recent election because of outdated lists of voters, an international monitoring group said Tuesday. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which deployed observers nationwide for the polls, said the process was “peaceful and orderly” but raised “significant concerns” about…

At least 35 killed in twin blasts north of Baghdad

At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a double bomb attack in the city of Taji north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. “Thirty-five people were killed and 28 wounded when a car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously outside a government office…

Anger as Indian minister calls homosexuality ‘disease’

Indian gay rights activists voiced shock and outrage Tuesday over public comments by the health minister that homosexuality was a “disease” brought to the country by foreigners. Speaking at a national meeting Monday of district and mayoral leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that homosexuality was…

Fresh rape attempt charge hits Strauss-Kahn

A fresh attempted rape suit against former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn threatened Tuesday to wreck his hopes of returning to frontline French politics if acquitted at his New York trial. Tristane Banon, 32, planned to lodge “a complaint for attempted rape” around eight years ago against Strauss-Kahn with French prosecutors…

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