John Cooney

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How the media discovered Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — Score one for the Beltway media.<p>After several nights of intense community outrage over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, it wasn’t until two Washington-based reporters from The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested by heavily armed local police that the …

India's Holy Men To Advise On Ganges Cleanup Under New Prime Minister Modi

(Reuters) - India's new government will seek the advice of holy men on how best to carry out an ambitious plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean up the Ganges, a river that is sacred to the majority Hindu population.<p>Hindus bathe in the Ganges in an act of ritual purification, yet the 2,500 …

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster sales continue to slide

NEW YORK (AP) — Darden said Friday that sales continued to slide at Olive Garden and Red Lobster, with other costs dragging down its profit by 35 …

The perfect flagship phone, LG's G3 outshin es the competition

Aussie jumps after China survey, Canadian dollar at 5 1/2-month high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Australian dollar jumped to test its year-to-date peak on Monday after a Chinese manufacturing survey showed surprisingly big improvements.<p>U.S. one-hundred dollar bills are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul August 2, 2013. Picture taken August 2, 2013. …

In Remote Vladivostok, Russia Aims To Join Asia's Gaming Boom

Russia hopes to cash in on Asia’s gaming boom in the Primorsky Krai area outside Vladivostok on the country’s Pacific coast. Macau’s Lawrence Ho and Cambodia casino operator NagaCorp have each signed up to build casino properties targeting Beijing and China’s three northeastern provinces, along …

South Africa appoints first lesbian to cabinet

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has appointed the country's first openly gay cabinet minister, a move thought also to be a first in Africa and a symbolic step on a continent enduring a homophobic backlash.<p>Lynne Brown becomes the public enterprises minister in a cabinet that includes South …

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Portugal ends bailout constraints; pain won't end

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is emerging from the painful economic constraints imposed by a three-year bailout that saved the country from …

Beyond the beach: Sri Lanka, 5 years on

MORE FROM AL JAZEERA<p>What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.<p>Amid deepening regional rivalries what does the future hold for Lebanon's long established political dynasties?<p>Thousands of Africans pick fruit and vegetables …

Airbnb Wins in New York — But Not for Long

<b>UPDATE, May 14,2014, 5:54 p.m.</b> After an initial defeat on a technicality on Tuesday, the New York attorney general has filed a new subpoena for …

This Email Shows Google And NSA's Close Working Relationship

If Google wasn't cooperating with the National Security Agency's spying program, as the company has vehemently claimed again and again, why were the guys in charge of each organization emailing so much in 2011 and 2012?<p>That's the question raised by a series of emails between then-NSA director Keith …

Putin's Internet Plan Requires 'Sharing' With Security Services

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new measure that will give the government much greater control over the Internet.<p>Critics say the law is aimed at silencing opposition bloggers and restricting what people can say on social media. It would also force international email providers and social …

The Sultan Of Brunei Just Imposed A Draconian Set Of Laws — Here's What They Mean

The new code includes harsh penalties like amputation and stoning for offenses like theft and gay sex. The law went into effect May 1, with even more draconian punishments being phased in over the next two years.<p>International human rights groups decried the change, with Amnesty International saying …