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Morocco to investigate paedophile's pardoning

Morocco's king has promised an investigation after his pardoning of a Spanish paedophile sparked violent protests and that there will now be an investigation into the decision.<p>In a statement late on Saturday, King Mohamed VI said he did not know the gravity of the man's offending when the decree …

Dozens injured in Morocco at protest over Spanish paedophile's release

Dozens of people were injured at the weekend when police in Morocco baton-charged demonstrators protesting against the royal pardon granted to a Spanish paedophile. Daniel Galván Viña was released after serving barely two years of his 30-year sentence for sexually abusing 11 children aged between …

Ryan to GOP: Don't do immigration based on politics

Rep. Paul Ryan pushed back Sunday against fellow Republicans who say the party is doomed with the growing number of Hispanic voters unless it helps pass comprehensive immigration reform.<p>“I disagree with the idea that we should approach this issue based on what’s right for us politically,” the House …

Obamacare message war goes local

CENTREVILLE, Va. — A race to define Obamacare to the masses began today between the stacks at the Centreville Library. Over pizza in Decatur, Texas. And with a glass of wine in Naples, Fla.<p>Dozens of communities around the country hosted pro-Obamacare events, convened by the president’s foot …

Egypt denies entry to Yemeni Nobel laureate

Egyptian authorities have barred Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate Tawakul Karman from entering the country on Sunday and put her on a flight back to Dubai, security sources said.<p>State news agency MENA said Karman, who had previously announced her solidarity with supporters of deposed president Mohamed …

Silvio Berlusconi supporters take to the streets of Rome

Thousands of supporters of Silvio Berlusconi descended on his palatial Rome residence on Sunday as the billionaire politician protested his innocence but indicated that for the moment his support for the government would remain.<p>Playing the former prime minister's campaign anthem on a loop, a vocal …

Syria: Bashar al-Assad vows to stamp out 'terror' with iron fist

President Bashar al-Assad has declared that military force, and not negotiation, is the only way to end the Syrian civil war, further dashing hopes of an internationally brokered peace agreement.<p>In a rare speech late on Sunday night, the Syrian president, newly buoyant from his victories against …

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Google Wants to Take the Agony Out of Flight Search, Just Like Hipmunk

Google introduced new features in its flight-search product, and one of them is a less-visual imitation of Hipmunk’s Agony index.<p>Hipmunk’s optional …

House approves lower rates on student loans

The House passed a bill Wednesday to reduce costs of taking out loans for many U.S. students.<p>WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill Wednesday to roll back a July 1 jump in student loan interest rates and reduce the borrowing costs for millions of students.<p>The bill, …

'Life is tough, but I'm tougher!' Cleveland kidnapping victim writes as diaries detail Ariel Castro's cruelty

Declaring, "Life is tough, but I'm tougher!" Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight thanked police in a handwritten note released Wednesday as prosecutors revealed that Ariel Castro's three victims kept diaries detailing the horrifying conditions they endured.<p>"I am overwhelmed by the amount of …

GOP will feel heat at home in August on immigration

WASHINGTON — As they prepare to leave the Capitol for a month-long August recess, Republican members of the House of Representatives are taking with them legislative summaries and informational packets to tackle tough questions in their districts about immigration.<p>Supporters of a proposal to revamp …

Argentina fire: Huge forest fire blazes in Buenos Aires

Firefighters battle to contain a fierce fire blazing through a nature reserve in Buenos Aires.<p>A fire has raged across an ecological reserve in the capital of <b>Argentina</b>, just a few blocks from the city's political and financial center.<p>Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri says there are suspicions that …

Officials Cite 'Due Process' In Refusal To Stop Paying Contractors Who Support Taliban

John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow his office's recommendations to prevent alleged supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda from getting or keeping U.S. government contracts.<p>"I am …

UN criticises Chile for using terror law on Mapuche

<b>A senior United Nations lawyer has launched a blistering attack on Chile for its treatment of the country's Mapuche indigenous minority.</b><p>Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said a long-running dispute over land rights could boil over into serious violence …

Hawaii Offers Homeless One-Way Tickets

Obama Would Like McCain and Graham to Go to Egypt

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two of the most influential Republican hawks in Congress on …

College student abandoned in windowless DEA cell for four days reaches $4m settlement with US government

A 25-year old college student reached a $4.1 million settlement with the U.S. government after he was abandoned in a windowless cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys have said.<p>Daniel Chong said he drank his own urine to stay alive, hallucinated that agents were trying to …

UN official tells Chile to stop using anti-terrorism law against Mapuche in land dispute

A United Nations investigator has urged Chile's government to stop using an anti-terrorism law against Mapuche Indians who are fighting to recover their ancestral land.<p>Violence in the Mapuche struggle escalated last year with a string of arson attacks, including one that killed an elderly couple. …

Arizona Officials Weigh 'Stupid Motorist Law' for Tour Bus Driver in Flood

Authorities are investigating whether a tour-bus driver can be held liable under Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law" after he drove into a flash flood …

Syrian president recruits Instagram in ongoing propaganda war

Bashar al-Assad puts his best face forward as civil war death toll eclipses 100,000<p>Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an official Instagram account earlier this month, marking his latest efforts to control the propaganda war being waged in parallel with bloody civil conflict. The …

Honduras declares state of emergency over dengue fever

<b>Honduras has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever that has killed 16 people so far this year.</b><p>More than 12,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease, which causes high fever and joint pains.<p>Officials say that in more than 1,800 cases there is a risk of internal …

42 Things I Love About South Africa

<b>1. That first glimpse of Table Mountain</b><p>2. A hot air balloon ride over one of the oldest valleys in the world<p>3. Getting lost in wilds of the Northern …