International News

Kerry becomes highest-ranking American to visit Hiroshima memorial

Kerry becomes highest-ranking American to visit Hiroshima memorial

on April 11, 2016, 6:43 AM / in International News, National News

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited what he called the “gut-wrenching” memorial to the victims of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima 71 years ago. Kerry is the highest ranking U.S. official ever to visit the peace memorial. He visited with other G7 leaders. “Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial,” […]

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Reddit Quietly Warns Users of Surveillance Request

Reddit Quietly Warns Users of Surveillance Request

on April 10, 2016, 6:29 AM / in International News, National News

Written by  C. Mitchell Shaw Last week, a major player in the social media forum world used a legal hack to alert its subscribers that it had been served a National Security Letter (NSL). NSLs are a legal tool used by federal agencies when those agencies are seeking information about an American company’s customers or subscribers. Part of all such […]

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Pope invites Bernie Sanders to the Vatican

Pope invites Bernie Sanders to the Vatican

on April 8, 2016, 7:58 AM / in International News, National News

Sen. Bernie Sanders will make an unusual campaign stop next week, when he flies to Italy to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Sanders was invited by the Vatican to visit on April 15, just four days before the New York primary, as apart of a conference on social, economic and environmental issues, and Sanders will discuss how to […]

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Another secular blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh

Another secular blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh

on April 7, 2016, 7:25 AM / in International News

Assailants attacked and killed law student and blogger Nazimuddin Samad on his way home from class on Wednesday night, police in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said Thursday. The killers hacked Samad, 28, with machetes, then shot him. He was the sixth secular writer or publisher killed in such an attack since the beginning of 2015. A banned Islamist group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, […]

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U.S. to demand banks identify shell-company owners

U.S. to demand banks identify shell-company owners

on April 7, 2016, 7:23 AM / in International News, National News

The U.S. plans to require banks to seek to identify the owners of shell-company accounts. The Treasury Department has been working on the rule for years, but is pushing to send it to the White House for review in response to the Panama Papers scandal. The rule would be the latest U.S. step to close loopholes sheltering wealthy and powerful […]

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Jacob Zuma beats South Africa impeachment vote

Jacob Zuma beats South Africa impeachment vote

on April 6, 2016, 7:22 AM / in International News

Nothing Like a Little Forgiveness South African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote on Tuesday, thanks to support from the African National Congress’ two-thirds majority in the 400-seat assembly. The country’s highest court last week said that Zuma had violated the constitution by failing to repay taxpayer money spent on his private home. Zuma apologized on Friday, and that […]

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Pfizer kills Allergan merger after U.S. tightens loophole

on April 6, 2016, 7:15 AM / in International News, National News

Pfizer has scrapped its $160 billion deal to take over smaller Dublin-based drug maker Allergan, putting an end to what would have been the biggest corporate inversion ever. The decision came a day after the Treasury Department unveiled new rules designed to curb such mergers, which corporations use to reduce their tax burdens by merging with foreign companies and shifting […]

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Scotland’s Named Person controversy heats up

on April 5, 2016, 7:47 AM / in International News

By Walter Olson   /  Overlawyered.com We’ve warned for a while about the scheme in Scotland to appoint a state functionary, a so-called Named Person, to look after the interests every child — not just every child in state care or for whom there are indicia of danger, but every child, period. Now the results are coming in from early […]

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U.S. and Philippines start annual military exercises

U.S. and Philippines start annual military exercises

on April 4, 2016, 7:16 AM / in International News, National News

The U.S. and the Philippines on Monday are starting two weeks of annual military exercises as tensions remain high in the region due to China’s claims on nearly the entire South China Sea. The Philippines is one of several nations that have claims to part of the disputed waters, which are believed to have big oil and gas deposits. About […]

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Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

on April 4, 2016, 7:03 AM / in International News

The Greek government is bracing for violence as the European Union begins to deport Syrian refugees and other migrants back to Turkey on Monday under a landmark deal aiming to stem the flow of migrants to Europe. Boats carrying the first 131 migrants out of about 750 people leaving by Wednesday shoved off from the Greek island of Lesbos on […]

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Panama Papers leak provides look at tax havens used by rich and powerful

Panama Papers leak provides look at tax havens used by rich and powerful

on April 4, 2016, 7:00 AM / in International News

A team of journalists on Sunday published a trove of leaked documents describing how world leaders, business tycoons, and criminals hide assets using offshore banks and shell companies. The investigators spent months digging through the so-called Panama Papers, 2.6 terabytes of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The data showed links to 72 current or former heads of state, […]

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South African court tells Jacob Zuma to reimburse state for home repairs

South African court tells Jacob Zuma to reimburse state for home repairs

on April 1, 2016, 7:55 AM / in International News

Politics is the same all over….. South Africa’s highest court on Thursday ruled that the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, violated the constitution by refusing to pay back millions of dollars in government money that he spent upgrading his homestead. The improvements included a helipad, a visitor center, a swimming pool, an amphitheater, and a chicken coop. Zuma said there was […]

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Anbang drops out of bidding war with Marriott over Starwood

Anbang drops out of bidding war with Marriott over Starwood

on April 1, 2016, 7:46 AM / in International News, National News

China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. unexpectedly dropped its $15 billion bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Thursday due to “market considerations,” clearing the way for rival suitor Marriott International to buy the hotel chain. Marriott upped its offer from $12.2 billion to more than $14 billion during the bidding war. If Anbang had prevailed, it would have been […]

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Communist Candidate for UN Boss Relies on “Little KGB” Spies

Communist Candidate for UN Boss Relies on “Little KGB” Spies

on March 31, 2016, 9:33 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Authorities in Bulgaria recently unveiled an official committee to help secure the top spot at the United Nations for Bulgarian communist operative Irina Bokova (shown), and the devil is in more than just the details — it is embedded in the whole sordid affair. Among other concerns, the official campaign team is dominated by known communist agents who worked for the […]

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US F-16 crashes at Bagram in Afghanistan

US F-16 crashes at Bagram in Afghanistan

on March 30, 2016, 7:14 AM / in International News, National News

Washington (AFP) A US F-16 warplane crashed on Tuesday while taking off from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, an official said. The pilot ejected safely. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the fighter from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed around 8:30 pm (1630 GMT). “Coalition forces are securing the crash site. The cause of this accident will be investigated,” Cook […]

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Islamic State threat raises stakes for US nuclear summit

Islamic State threat raises stakes for US nuclear summit

on March 30, 2016, 7:06 AM / in International News, National News

Washington (AFP) – The specter of the Islamic State group obtaining a “dirty bomb” will loom over a top-level nuclear security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington on Thursday and Friday. Obama welcomes several leaders from countries as diverse as China and Nigeria, as well as representatives from nearly 50 other nations, for the summit aimed at elevating […]

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Venezuela’s legislature approves amnesty for political prisoner

Venezuela’s legislature approves amnesty for political prisoner

on March 30, 2016, 6:58 AM / in International News

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s opposition-led legislature approved an amnesty bill for political prisoners, setting up an epic political clash with embattled President Nicolas Maduro, who opposes the move. National Assembly speaker Henry Ramos Allup said the measure passed after a second round of debate, sparking opposition lawmaker chants of “Freedom!” even as the president’s socialist party’s minority lawmakers voiced disgust. […]

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Apple can’t force the FBI to reveal how it broke into the San Bernardino iPhone

Apple can’t force the FBI to reveal how it broke into the San Bernardino iPhone

on March 30, 2016, 6:39 AM / in International News, National News

By Chris Smith The FBI confirmed on Monday what many people suspected: The San Bernardino iPhone can be unlocked without Apple’s help. Using the services of a security company familiar with the inner workings of iOS 9 and the iPhone, the FBI cracked Apple’s security features. The agency bypassed the San Bernardino iPhone’s encryption and was able to retrieve the data stored […]

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15 times that Obama badmouthed America on his trip to Cuba and Argentina

15 times that Obama badmouthed America on his trip to Cuba and Argentina

on March 28, 2016, 7:44 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Via Grabien: Lest you thought Obama spent all of his time abroad this week acting like a tourist — sightseeing, taking in a ballgame, tangoing with Argentine beauties — be reassured, he still found plenty of time to point out the many flaws he sees in America. Between his stays in Havana and Buenos Aires, we counted at least 15 times Obama talked down […]

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Scores die in Pakistan suicide blast targeting Christians on Easter

on March 28, 2016, 6:52 AM / in International News, National News

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore on Sunday. Many of the victims were children. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-e-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the Easter attack, saying they had targeted Christians. The blast hit a park in the heart of the city in the evening, when families were gathered […]

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