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Hanoi’s renowned turtle free again

An ageing giant turtle revered as a symbol of Vietnam’s independence struggle has won back her freedom back three months after being captured for medical treatment, an official said on Wednesday. The animal, one of only four known of its kind, has been successfully treated at a special pond on…

Perry touts endorsement of pastor who called Statue of Liberty ‘demonic’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who is flirting with a presidential bid, has issued a “call to prayer” for a nation in “historic crisis” due to what he claims is a lack of humility before the Christian deity. To facilitate this, Perry has announced plans to convene a meeting of…

GOP candidate Gary Johnson blasts Family Leader pledge

Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said that a pledge created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group was “offensive to the principles of liberty and freedom on which this country was founded.” Two other Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Rick…

Britain calls for fresh probe of Sri Lanka war crimes

COLOMBO — Defence Secretary Liam Fox has urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate war crimes alleged to have been committed during the island’s separatist conflict with Tamil rebels. The British High Commission said Liam Fox had pushed Sri Lanka, a former British colony, to probe the charges of deliberate…

Brazilian demonstrations call for legal marijuana

SAO PAULO — Brazilian demonstrators held marches on the weekend calling for marijuana to be legalized after the country’s top court ruled the gatherings could go ahead in the name of freedom of speech. The demonstrations were held in 40 towns and cities late Saturday, according to Brazilian media. Most…

U.S., Russia, China faulted for ‘serious deficiencies’ in rule of law

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An annual survey of the rule of law around the world released Monday sees weak protections for fundamental rights in China, “serious deficiencies” in Russia, and problems with discrimination in the United States. Sweden and Norway scored highest on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index,…

US detainee Eddie Jun Yong-Su freed by N. Korea arrives in Seoul

SEOUL (AFP) – An American citizen released after six months’ detention in North Korea arrived in Seoul Saturday after he left the communist state with a US delegation, South Korean news media said. Eddie Jun Yong-Su, a US citizen of a Korean ancestry, came to Seoul via Beijing after he…

Internet bosses woo world leaders at ‘e-G8′

PARIS (AFP) – The world’s most powerful Internet and media barons gather in Paris on Tuesday in a show of strength to leaders at the G8 summit, amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic…

Obama: Arab revolutions show that repression no longer works

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the uprisings sweeping the Arab world show that a policy of repression will no longer work as people seek to win their freedom and human rights. He also warned in a speech at the State Department that Al-Qaeda’s agenda of…

WI repubs get some but not all of prof’s emails

University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Biddy Martin has responded to the Wisconsin Republican Party’s request for the emails of professor William J. Cronon with some, but not all of Cronon’s correspondence. Along with the requested emails, she released a statement defending Cronon and the university against what she and many others…

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