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G20 protester barred from speaking to press as condition of bail

A man accused of having incited violent protests at the G20 economic summit in Toronto last June has been subjected to what his lawyer describes as “staggering” bail conditions. Not only is he forbidden to attend any public event that expresses political views but he is not even allowed to…

US fights judge’s order to release Guantanamo detainee

Appeals court hears arguments on release of detainee accused of recruiting Sept. 11 hijackers The government is asking an appeals court to throw out a judge’s order to release a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of recruiting Sept. 11 hijackers. The 9/11 commission report described Mohamedou Ould Salahi as a significant…

US court suspends ban on embryonic stem cell research

A US appeals court on Thursday suspended a ban on publically-funded embryonic stem cell research to give the judge more time to consider the case. “Upon consideration of the emergency motion for stay pending appeal… and it is ordered that the district court’s August 23, 2010 order be stayed pending…

That’s not a tax problem … THIS is a tax problem!

Actor Paul Hogan banned from leaving Australia over unpaid taxes SYDNEY — “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan has been barred from leaving Australia because of a row over his tax affairs, his lawyer has said. Tax officials served the actor, who lives in the United States, with an order stopping…

Wikileaks brushes off US complaints, promises more leaked documents

BERLIN — The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks said it will continue to publish more secret files from governments around the world despite U.S. demands to cancel plans to release classified military documents. “I can assure you that we will keep publishing documents — that’s what we do,” a WikiLeaks spokesman, who…

Supreme Court won’t block Canadian detainee’s trial

The US Supreme Court on Friday declined to block the prosecution of Canadian Omar Khadr, the last Western detainee at Guantanamo Bay, whose war crimes trial is set to open August 10. “The application for stay presented to the chief justice and by him referred to the court is denied,”…

Obama creates National Ocean Council to promote healthy ecosystems

President Barack Obama on Monday launched a new National Oceans Policy, designed to promote healthy eco-systems in coastal waters, seas and Great Lakes surrounding the United States. Obama formalized recommendations of an ocean policy task force in an executive order, as his administration battles the worst environmental disaster in US…

Administration loses appeal on six-month offshore drilling moratorium

The Obama administration lost its bid Thursday to maintain a six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling which a federal judge ordered to be lifted last month. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request to stay that judge’s order pending appeal. The motion was denied because the government…

NY Times: Supreme Court ‘keeping politics safe for the rich’

Wall Street Journal: “The order was short, swift, and largely flew under the radar” Last winter’s Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which lifted restrictions on corporate spending in elections, had been widely anticipated and aroused immediate outrage. It appears, however, that Citizens United was far from the…

Petraeus gave secret order allowing US covert ops in N. Africa, across Middle East

The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East signed a secret order last fall that set the stage for increased clandestine and covert operations against militants and other threats across the region, defense officials said Tuesday. Gen. David Petraeus signed an order in September authorizing Special Operations forces to…

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