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Supreme Court rules charity group can fire workers based on religious beliefs

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed a leading Christian charity organization could hire and fire its workers based on their religious beliefs. The nine justices of the nation’s top court, opening their new term, upheld a ruling by a lower court that World Vision was a religious…

Critics charge Obama sets NASA on ‘path of decay’

By Jean-Louis Santini WASHINGTON — High-profile critics fear President Barack Obama’s commercial overhaul of human spaceflight is going nowhere and could mark the end of half a century of US supremacy among the stars and planets. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and…

White House unveils global ‘open and secure’ cyberspace policies

WASHINGTON — The White House unveiled a set of policy proposals Monday for international cooperation in ensuring an open and secure Internet. “Together, we can work together to build a future for cyberspace that is open, interoperable, secure, and reliable,” US President Barack Obama said in an introduction to the…

Republicans will make US a ‘Third World’ country: Obama

CHICAGO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama accused his Republican foes of wanting to turn the United States into a “Third World” country Thursday as he rallied support for his reelection campaign. The attack came a day after Obama savaged Republican budget plans and unveiled his $4 trillion deficit reduction…

US starts human blindness trial using stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells will be tested as a treatment for blindness, a US company announced Monday in the second such clinical trial to examine how the controversial process works in people. Just 12 adult patients will take part in the trial to see how the treatment using retinal cells…

Republicans spar over ‘death’ of Tea Party movement

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) disagreed Sunday with a notion put forward by a fellow South Carolina Republican senator that the Tea Party would eventually “die out.” “Lindsey’s a great friend but he is wrong on this,” DeMint said on Fox News. In an interview with the New York Times Magazine…

Australia reveals prototype ‘bionic’ eye

Australia on Tuesday unveiled a prototype bionic eye designed to restore sight to those with failing vision which supporters hope could be the biggest breakthrough since the Braille alphabet. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose government committed 42 million dollars (almost 39 million US) to the project, said the device could…

Gunmen storm US charity in Pakistan killing six aid workers

Militants armed with guns and grenades stormed the offices of a US-based Christian charity in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six aid workers in an attack blamed on Islamist rebels. The gunmen stormed the World Vision building near the town of Oghi in the Mansehra district of North West Frontier Province…

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