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Hillary Clinton slams Turkey over media freedom

ISTANBUL — The United States is concerned about media freedom and free speech in Turkey amid the arrest of dozens of journalists and Internet restrictions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. “If there is an area that I’m concerned about with recent actions in Turkey … it’s the area…

Fox and Friends distorts video clip to attack Rep. Keith Ellison

The hosts of Fox and Friends lashed out at Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, accusing him of having “Bachmann derangment syndrome” for claiming that Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and conservatives lawmakers like her have a poor record on women’s issues. “We live in an era of extremism,” Ellison said July…

China admits “long way to go” for citizens to enjoy human rights

BEIJING (Reuters) – China still has “a long way to go” before its citizens can enjoy full human rights, a senior Chinese official said in a rare admission of the challenges ahead, pointing to social conflict and even rising house prices as stumbling blocks. Wang Chen, head of the State…

Supreme Court: Violent video games may be sold to children

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposed California law that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 ruling, both liberal and conservative justices agreed that the video games qualify for First Amendment protections. “Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded…

Watch live: President Obama’s speech on reducing U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Watch President Barack Obama address the nation from the Oval Office to unveil his plans to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Seven protesters killed in Syria during rallies

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Tuesday during clashes in two cities between President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists and protesters demanding his removal, a leading activist said. The violence followed rallies organised by authorities in several cities in support of Assad, whose 11-year rule has been…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

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…

Syria’s Assad vows change but not under ‘chaos’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even the end of his Baath party’s monopoly on power but refused to reform Syria under “chaos.” After widespread condemnation of a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests, the country was at a…

WATCH LIVE: Van Jones keynote speech at Netroots Nation

Van Jones, environmental activist and former advisor to President Barack Obama, is delivering the Saturday afternoon keynote at the Netroots Nation conference. The speech is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch it live with Raw Story, courtesy of Free Speech TV. freespeechtv on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free…

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