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U.S. trade proposal would let corporations overrule laws

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a forthcoming U.S. trade agreement that looks to solidify a seamless regional economy in the Pacific-rim, would give multinational corporations the power to challenge and even avoid compliance with laws in member countries — including the U.S. — provided a super-national corporate tribunal agrees with their…

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria (via The Christian Science Monitor) As soon as Gen. Robert Mood stepped out of his white SUV he was mobbed by hundreds of men, women, and children. The leader of the unarmed UN observer mission to Syria had come…

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar

Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she…

Scottish first minister believes The Observer hacked his bank account

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Wednesday he believed his bank account was accessed by the Observer, a sister paper of the Guardian which helped expose a phone-hacking scandal. Salmond told the Leveson inquiry, a wide-ranging probe into press ethics, he had no evidence that Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News…

NATO chief vows not to abandon Afghanistan

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen Wednesday vowed not to abandon Afghanistan as foreign nations plan to transition forces out of the country after a decade of conflict. “We will not abandon Afghanistan, we will not leave behind a security vacuum,” he told a National Press Club lunch in Canberra. NATO plans to withdraw…

Israeli watchdog slams PM over handling of flotilla

Israel’s state watchdog on Wednesday sharply criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of a 2010 military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla which left nine Turkish nationals dead. “In the process of decision making, which was led by the prime minister and under his responsibility, regarding the handling of the (flotilla), there were significant…

Police: 184 held in Poland after Euro 2012 violence

Police detained 184 football fans after the Russia-Poland Euro 2012match sparked clashes which Poland’s sports minister said Wednesday had left her feeling “ashamed”. Joanna Mucha described the violence which broke out ahead of Tuesday’s match in Warsaw as “shocking”. “These were your average hooligans who have nothing in common with real fans,” the sports minister…

India assures U.S. of economic vigor

India insisted that its economy would regain vigor and satisfy foreign investors as it fended off US accusations of a worsening business climate ahead of high-level talks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday holds an annual dialogue on the shape of the growing relationship, fresh after clearing a main…

Fourteen bodies found in eastern Mexico: officials

XALAPA, Mexico — The dismembered bodies of at least 14 people were found Tuesday in an abandoned pickup truck in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, the scene of a violent drug turf war, authorities said. Alerted by an anonymous call late Monday, authorities found the corpse-laden vehicle parked on…

Russia sending attack helicopters to Syria

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia Tuesday of sending attack helicopters to Syria, warning it will escalate the fighting and openly questioning whether the UN mission can survive beyond the end of its mandate in July. As a top UN peacekeeping official said Syria had now…

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