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  • Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs
    Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs Thu, May 28, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. More »

  • Jonathan Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel
    Jonathan Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel Thu, May 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall. More »

  • 5 Taliban figures exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The five Taliban figures released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in May 2014 in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held hostage by the Taliban for nearly five years: More »

  • Fiercely critical of NSA, Germany now answering for its own spy practices Fri, May 22, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovered in 2013 that the National Security Agency had been snooping on her countrymen, and even tapping her own cellphone, through the media leaks by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Now, in something of an ironic twist, Germany is coming to terms with its own spy agency's surveillance tactics and cooperation with the NSA. Recent reports have revealed that Germany's foreign services agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst – or BND for short – cooperated with the NSA so that it could spy on European Union interests such as the European Commission, the French president, and the French aerospace company Airbus. Last week, a transcript of a parliamentary inquiry leaked through WikiLeaks showed that top German officials are reluctant to divulge details about the alliance, even behind closed doors. More »

  • With all its political bluster, Anonymous can't shake its 'prankster' … Fri, May 22, 2015

    Can a prankster ever grow up and become an activist? The loosely organized online network has been involved in political causes since 2008, but a recent media study printed in National Communication Association’s Communication Monographs found that Anonymous, try as it might, can’t shake its origin from 4chan, the online bulletin board known for its raunchy content and outlandish posts. The study that was authored by Adam Klein, a Howard University academic who specializes in media studies, looked at every news story written about Anonymous along with 56 operations – or Ops as Anonymous dubs them – the collective launched between June 1, 2012, to June 1, 2013. More »

  • Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State
    Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State Thu, May 21, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people." More »

  • AP Interview: US secrecy in trade, terror riles EU watchdog
    AP Interview: US secrecy in trade, terror riles EU watchdog Thu, May 21, 2015

    The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency ... More »

  • US secrecy in trade, terror pacts riles EU watchdog
    US secrecy in trade, terror pacts riles EU watchdog Wed, May 20, 2015

    U.S. restrictions on access to documents and insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday. ... More »

  • UK submariner who questioned nuclear sub safety apprehended Tue, May 19, 2015

    Britain's Royal Navy says a submariner who publicly challenged the safety of the country's nuclear fleet has been apprehended. A spokesman said Tuesday that Able Seaman William McNeilly is in military ... More »

  • UK Navy, police seek submariner who gave safety warning Mon, May 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British military and civilian police are trying to locate a Royal Navy submariner who went missing after warning about lax safety and security procedures in the country's nuclear fleet. More »

  • Bangladeshi blogger: 'Even as extremists kill us, I will never stop wri …
    Bangladeshi blogger: 'Even as extremists kill us, I will never stop wri … Fri, May 15, 2015

    We have a culture of impunity in Bangladesh, where criminals and corrupt figures infect others in the judiciary, security forces and the media and where corruption continues to violate the rights of common people. More »

  • Assange lawyer vows appeal to international courts
    Assange lawyer vows appeal to international courts Tue, May 12, 2015

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appeal to international courts against an arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault, his Spanish lawyer said Tuesday. More »

  • Sweden's supreme court upholds Assange's detention order Mon, May 11, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's highest court on Monday rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal of a pre-trial detention order in a nearly five-year-old investigation of alleged sex crimes. More »

  • George Clooney: Amal wears the trousers in our house
    George Clooney: Amal wears the trousers in our house Mon, May 11, 2015

    The Oscar-winning star reveals who is the real rule-maker in their household – and it’s not him. More »

  • Assange Loses Appeal Against Arrest Warrant
    Assange Loses Appeal Against Arrest Warrant Mon, May 11, 2015

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost an appeal against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault. Sweden's Supreme Court rejected his appeal to quash the warrant, which was issued in 2010 following allegations he assaulted two Swedish women during a trip to Stockholm that year. The former hacker has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. "The Supreme Court notes that investigators have begun efforts to question Julian Assange in London. More »

  • Swedish Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal
    Swedish Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal Mon, May 11, 2015

    Sweden's Supreme Court said Monday it had rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault. More »

  • Behind America's seismic shifts on transgenderism, loving parents Sat, May 9, 2015

    Jonathan Smith, a fast-pitch softball coach in a quiet riverside town in the Illinois Valley, was “thrown for a loop” when his 12-year-old son, Chance, said that deep down, he felt he was a girl. More »

  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked
    May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked Fri, May 1, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day. More »

  • The Dodger: Floyd Mayweather and the Impunity of Genius
    The Dodger: Floyd Mayweather and the Impunity of Genius Fri, May 1, 2015

    On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas—a contest that is being billed, at once melodramatically and uncreatively, as “The Battle for Greatness.” Thousands of fans will watch the fight in person (according to Pacquiao’s promoter, the event's live gate receipts will reach $74 million), and millions more will pay $99.95 apiece to watch it from their homes. The purse for the contest that “has quickly become the biggest, most important event in recent boxing history” could exceed $100 million (Mayweather himself is expected to make “well over” that amount, with a payout that will likely be more than twice what any other boxer has ever received). Mayweather, whatever happens in the ring this weekend, will be guaranteed a paycheck of $50 million simply for showing up. At 38, Mayweather is the highest-paid athlete on the planet. More »

  • New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef marks generational shift Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's new heir to the throne Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in a decree on Wednesday, appointed his nephew and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed as heir apparent, replacing the monarch's half-brother Crown Prince Muqrin in a shake-up at the top of the world's biggest oil exporter. The move, three months after he took the throne following the death of King Abdullah and coming as Saudi Arabia leads a military campaign against Iranian-allied Houthi militias in Yemen, appeared to settle for many years to come tough decisions over the kingdom's succession. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in 2009, al Qaeda paid him the compliment of treating him as one of its most dangerous enemies. More »

  • Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak
    Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Vietnam's busiest airport, once a major gateway for thousands of U.S. troops headed for battle, is now the scene of a slow-burning controversy linked to the commercial clout of the country's powerful military. ... More »

  • Swedish court to hear Assange arrest warrant appeal
    Swedish court to hear Assange arrest warrant appeal Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Sweden's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will hear an appeal by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault. More »

  • Swedish top court allows Assange to appeal detention order Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden's highest court decided Tuesday to allow Julian Assange to appeal a detention order against the WikiLeaks founder over allegations of sex crimes. More »

  • Sweden's Supreme Court says will hear Assange appeal over arrest warran …
    Sweden's Supreme Court says will hear Assange appeal over arrest warran … Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Sweden's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would hear an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to overturn the arrest warrant against him issued by prosecutors who want to question him over allegations of sexual assault. The 43-year-old Australian has been stuck inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010. Prosecutors first insisted Assange should come to Sweden for questioning, but in a U-turn in March agreed to conduct the interview in London. Assange has said he fears that if Britain extradited him to Sweden he would then be extradited on to the United States where he could be tried for one of the largest leaks of classified information in U.S. history. More »

  • Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman
    Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added. More »

  • U.S. removes prominent Myanmar businessman from sanctions list Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom and Jared Ferrie WASHINGTON/YANGON (Reuters) - The United States removed a prominent businessman from its Myanmar sanctions list on Thursday, in spite of doubts about reforms in the Southeast Asian country. Win Aung, the head of Myanmar's chamber of commerce whose Dagon International construction firm won contracts to help build the country's nine-year-old capital of Naypyitaw, was removed from the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons list, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. The statement provided no details on why Win Aung was removed from the list. John Viverito, a Singapore-based lawyer who shepherded Win Aung’s petition through a 14-month delisting process, said U.S. officials took into account his support for democratic reform and his willingness to disclose financial data. More »

  • Affleck Sorry For Censoring Family Slave Past
    Affleck Sorry For Censoring Family Slave Past Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Actor Ben Affleck has said he is sorry he asked the producers of a documentary on his ancestors to leave out information that one was a slave owner. The Oscar-winner's ancestry was traced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr - Skip - for an episode of Finding Your Roots, a programme featuring celebrities made by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and similar to Britain's Who Do You Think You Are?. More »

  • Ben Affleck 'embarrassed' over slave-owning ancestors
    Ben Affleck 'embarrassed' over slave-owning ancestors Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Hollywood star Ben Affleck says he was "embarrassed" upon learning he had slaveholding ancestors and regrets asking US television producers to censor that fact from a program about his family's past. More »

  • Ben Affleck apologises after asking programme not to mention his slave-owner …
    Ben Affleck apologises after asking programme not to mention his slave-owner … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Affleck asked the programme not to mention his dodgy ancestor – but now an investigation into the programme is under way. More »

  • Ben Affleck: I was 'embarrassed' about my slave-owning ancestor
    Ben Affleck: I was 'embarrassed' about my slave-owning ancestor Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The star has commented on the controversy on his Facebook page. More »

  • Ben Affleck says he regrets asking PBS to edit out slave-owning ancestor
    Ben Affleck says he regrets asking PBS to edit out slave-owning ancestor Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Actor Ben Affleck said Tuesday he regretted asking a PBS documentary show profiling his ancestors to not include a relative who was an owner of slaves, saying he was embarrassed by the revelation. Affleck's ancestry was traced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr, known as Skip, for an episode in the second season of his Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series "Finding Your Roots," in which well-known personalities can discover more about their family history. More »

  • PBS probes slave-owning issue; Affleck expresses regret
    PBS probes slave-owning issue; Affleck expresses regret Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of "Finding Your Roots" may have violated the network's editorial standards after a request by Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor. More »

  • Saudi Arabia on alert over possible oil or mall attack Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation, Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour Turki said on Monday. We passed this information to the security forces to be on alert," he told Reuters. Turki said he had no further information about the threat. Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter and key strategic ally of the United States, has been a target of jihadist militant groups for years, including al Qaeda and Islamic State. More »

  • U.S. box office: 'Furious 7' out runs 'Paul Blart 2,' ' …
    U.S. box office: 'Furious 7' out runs 'Paul Blart 2,' ' … Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    "This is how you build a record year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. "These are summer-style numbers in April." Despite "Furious 7's" continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It's good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange's WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by hacker group Guardians of Peace. "We exceeded expectations and held our ground despite this juggernaut." The film brought back Kevin James as the hapless shopping centre cop, but transplanted the segway shenanigans to Las Vegas. More »

  • Wikileaks: Sony Cut Affleck Ancestor Slave Link
    Wikileaks: Sony Cut Affleck Ancestor Slave Link Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Ben Affleck asked documentary makers not to reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site Wikileaks. Affleck's alleged request came to light in an email exchange apparently between the broadcasters and the show's host, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates. The communications, purportedly between Mr Gates and Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton, were among hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's Sony hack that Wikileaks put into a searchable online archive . In the alleged email exchange, Mr Gates asks Mr Lynton for advice on how to handle the request from Affleck, who is known for his support for liberal causes . More »