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Conservatives want to rewrite the history of the Crusades for modern political ends | David M Perry

One of history’s lessons is that any ideology, sacred or secular, that divides the world into ‘us versus them’ can and will be used to justify violence<p>At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a statement that you wouldn’t expect to be controversial: violence in the name of religion is …

Religion

Berkeley, Calif., protest gets violent for second night

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story said the Cal Student Store's window was cracked. Instead, it was The Student Store, a different entity, that was damaged.</i><p>BERKELEY, Calif. — A peaceful protest in this university town Sunday night over police killings of black men was …

ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama's 'dismantle' and 'destroy' speech

The production is slick. The imagery: ominous.<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center. ISIS also produced the videos of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.<p>It took nearly a week, but this appears to be the terror …

Syria crisis: At least 200 killed in one day, group says

The staggering death toll from the Syrian conflict has grown even further as at least 200 people were killed Tuesday, an opposition group said.<p>About 60 of them were killed in regime air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>Well over 190,000 people have died in Syria in the …

Cal State trustees raise scenario of transfer-only university system

Could California State University one day limit enrollment to transfers, admitting burgeoning numbers of community college students but turning away new freshmen?<p>The idea sounds far-fetched, but that scenario was raised Tuesday by trustees who cautioned that insufficient state funding could …

America’s Fastest Growing Jobs

<i>This post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247wallst.com.</i><p><i>By Robert Serenbetz</i><p>After the recession …

Employment

California bill demands college students get 'affirmative consent' before sex

A California bill that demands college students get “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity passed in the state’s legislative chambers on Thursday.<p>The state’s so-called “yes means yes” law passed unanimously in the state senate and will become law if it is signed by Governor Jerry …

Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.<p>"Because of the respect I …

Report: Navy Yard shooting preventable

Supervisors of the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year noticed his erratic behavior well before the shooting but did not reveal any problems to the government, a Navy investigation has found.<p>“Had this information been reported, properly adjudicated and acted upon, …

Central African Republic: 'Massive scale ethnic cleansing'

The Central African Republic is ravaged by what some human rights groups are calling ethnic cleansing.<p>Mainly Muslim rebels seized power last year but after their leader was forced to stand down in January, Christian militias have been targeting Muslim civilians.<p>Newsnight's Tim Whewell has been in …

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Business (Canada)

Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine in 'illegal' poll

Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum that most of the world has condemned as illegal. Early results – when 50% of the votes were counted – showed that 95.5% of ballots were in favour of joining Russia.<p>Russia's lower house of parliament will pass legislation allowing Ukraine's …

Crimea votes to become part of Russia again

A referendum in favour of a re-union of Crimea with Russia is denounced by the West, despite being passed by 96.6 per cent<p>Crimea said it would become part of Russia again on Sunday after a referendum on the region’s future saw an overwhelming majority vote to break away from Ukraine.<p>In a poll …

Russia

No Breakthrough In Talks About Ukraine

This post has been updated.<p><b>Update at 12:45 ET:</b> Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came away from talks Friday in London saying they had not come any closer to an agreement about how to end the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Lavrov told reporters after the two men met …

Obama orders deportation review, seeks more humane enforcement

WASHINGTON - President Obama is directing top immigration officials to review U.S. deportation practices to see whether they can be carried out "more humanely" while still enforcing the laws on the books.<p>In an evening meeting with Latino lawmakers, Obama said he still wanted to push a comprehensive …

Immigration

N.Y. Governor Says College For Inmates Will Pay Off For Taxpayers

America used to have a robust college education system for prison inmates. It was seen as a way to rehabilitate men and women behind bars by helping them go straight when they got out.<p>Those taxpayer-funded college classes were defunded in the 1990s. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like to …