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Noam Chomsky calls on Iran to release imprisoned journalist Marzieh Rasouli

The US philosopher Noam Chomsky has called on Iran to release the female journalist Marzieh Rasouli who was jailed last week to endure a sentence of 50 lashes and two years in prison.<p>Chomsky told the Guardian that the detention of Rasouli and at least three other female journalists in the past two …

Hillary Clinton Opens Up About The Monica Lewinsky Affair

Hillary Clinton has carved out a place for herself in the political landscape outside her husband's shadow.<p>But despite her many achievements, the former Secretary of State is still plagued by one topic: the Monica Lewinsky affair.<p>When speaking to "Woman's Hour" host Jenni Murray on BBC 4 radio last …

U.S. warns Afghans not to form 'parallel government'

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States warned on Tuesday that it would withdraw financial and security support from Afghanistan if anyone tried to take power illegally, as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah rallied in Kabul for a parallel government.<p>Preliminary results announced on …

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s Western-backed opposition, the National Coalition, elected Hadi al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new president on Wednesday after a three-day meeting in Istanbul.<p>Chief Syrian Opposition Coalition negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (L) awaits his turn to …

Edward Snowden applies to extend stay in Russia, lawyer says

Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer says.<p>Anatoly Kucherena said the former National Security Agency contractor had made the application to Russia's migration authorities because his one-year permit was due to expire at the end of July, according to Russian news …

Pakistani terror group swears allegiance to Islamic State

Exclusive: Believed to be the first jihadi defection to Islamic State outside of Middle East, move emphasises growing influence of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's self-declared caliph and the waning hold of al-Qaeda<p>A Pakistani terror group has become the first in the region to break ranks and declare …

Iraq Parliament Won't Meet for Five Weeks, Deepening Chaos

The Iraqi Parliament said Monday that it can’t agree on who should lead the government and won’t even meet again for five weeks, deepening the political dysfunction in a country that threatens to break apart after the advance of Sunni Islamist militants.<p>The office of the acting speaker said …

Indian Prime Minister Plans Billions in Railway Improvements

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made its first major economic policy statement on Tuesday by announcing its railway budget, disappointing markets by promising to seek foreign and private funding for the railways but giving no details of how it would lure investors. The government …

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Abdullah's supporters threaten to back breakaway Afghan government

A defiant Abdullah Abdullah asserted Tuesday that he had won Afghanistan's bitterly disputed presidential election as outraged supporters threatened to back a breakaway government, raising the specter of a prolonged and perhaps bloody political crisis.<p>A day after preliminary results gave a …

OBAMA: US Could End Aid To Afghanistan Over Their Disputed Presidential Election

In phone calls to Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Obama "stressed that the United States expects a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud to ensure a credible electoral process," the White House said in a statement.<p>"He reiterated that all parties should avoid steps that …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed by a company called MicroCHIPS of Lexington Massachusetts -- in the form of a chip to be implanted under the skin.<p>The chip, just 20 x 20 x 7 …

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Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Pro-Russian rebels abandoned Sloviansk as government troops retook the eastern Ukraine city after a night of fierce fighting and barrages of mortar fire, the country's president and a spokesman for the rebels said Saturday.<p>President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that government troops took …

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Report: NSA Dragnet Ensnares Way More Regular Folks Than Legal Targets

The National Security Agency has intercepted far more communications from average Internet users than from intended security targets, newly analyzed …

Chilling Video Appears To Show Israeli Police Brutally Beating Palestinian-American Teenager

Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian 16-year-old whose abduction and murder has triggered days of protests and riots.<p>The State Department confirmed Saturday night that Khdeir was being held by Israeli authorities. Spokeswoman Jen …

India's building collapse death toll rises to 42

Afghan Presidential Candidate Rules Out Coalition Deal With Rival

KABUL — Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines. Ghani and Abdullah have locked horns since the …

Report: NSA's net caught millions

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post.<p>…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi emerges from shadows to rally Islamist followers

For a man so mysterious that there are only two known photographs of him, it was a brazen public debut. The most wanted man in the Middle East, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is also one of the most elusive, an evanescent figure behind the Islamist insurrection sweeping the Syrian and Iraqi interior.<p>And yet …

Egypt's Sisi risks popularity with fuel, electricity and cigarette price rises

Attempts to balance the budget risk further unrest if the poor and emerging middle classes are affected<p>The former general turned president of Egypt has risked his current popularity by fulfilling promises to cut subsidies and raise taxes in a belated attempt to balance the national budget …

Egypt's Sisi says independence for Iraq's Kurds would be 'catastrophic'

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday a referendum on the independence of Iraq’s Kurdish region would lead to a “catastrophic” break up of the country, which is facing an onslaught by Sunni Islamist militants.<p>Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a …

Iraqi Army braces for combat