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Doctors reveal 'harmful' standards of medical care for asylum seekers

A group of doctors has revealed the shocking standard of medical care they are made to provide asylum seekers at the Christmas Island detention centre in a 92-page “letter of concern” given to their employer in November.<p>The forensic report, written by 15 doctors and obtained by Guardian Australia, …

Peacekeepers killed at South Sudan UN base

UN says at least two Indians killed after attackers pursuing civilians force their way into compound in Jonglei state.<p>At least two UN peacekeepers from India have been killed in an attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan, a UN spokesman said.<p>The UN said attackers from the country's …

'Duck Dynasty' patriarch suspended from show for anti-gay comments

TV<p>"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been taken off the A&E hit series "indefinitely," following anti-gay comments he made in a GQ interview published online Wednesday that appears in the Dec. 24 issue.<p>“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based …

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Pope Francis, The Choice

Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the …

FDA to limit antibiotics in meat

The Food and Drug Administration issued two major proposals Wednesday morning in an effort to cut back on antibiotics used on farms that can spur drug-resistant superbugs, making a final push to limit drugs fed to animals before they’re turned into steaks and pork chops.<p>The move — just the latest …

House preps for vote on budget

House Republicans are planning a Thursday vote on a bipartisan budget deal, one of their last legislative acts before leaving Washington for the rest of 2013.<p>Despite some conservative opposition inside and outside the Capitol, Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are confident they will …

India Supreme Court Upholds Sodomy Law

After a 12 year legal battle, the Supreme Court of India overruled a lower court ruling striking down a law criminalizing consensual same-sex intercourse on Wednesday morning.<p>The Supreme Court has set aside the sweeping 2009 ruling of the Delhi High Court that struck down the sodomy law, known as …

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French officials can monitor internet users in real time under new law

French intelligence and government officials will be able to spy on internet users in real time and without prior legal authorisation, under a law passed on Wednesday.<p>The legislation, which was approved almost unnoticed, will enable a wide range of public officials including police, gendarmes, …

UN slams Israel on West Bank home demolitions

Israel destroyed 30 Palestinian properties in occupied territory, displacing families for second time in two weeks.<p>The United Nations has condemned Israel's demolition of 30 Palestinian properties in the occupied West Bank, saying it displaced families for the second time in less than two weeks.<p>"I …

FDA Warns on Animal Antibiotics

Pope Francis named Time's 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.<p>The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had …

6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement

The essence of the budget deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is better understood by looking at what's missing, rather than what's included in it.<p>The agreement by the budget committee chairmen is no grand bargain. It's more like a minibargain. And all the missing …

Boehner slams conservative groups lining up against budget deal

WASHINGTON — House Speaker<p>John A. Boehnerdelivered an uncharacteristically forceful response to conservative groups lining up against the budget compromise announced Tuesday, accusing them of “using” people to advance their own goals rather than theGOP’s.<p>Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on …

Stubborn U.S. gender pay gap narrows, but worries remain: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pay gap between U.S. men and women is closing but younger women face lingering uncertainty about their future earning power, research released on Wednesday showed.<p>A woman walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York's financial district, February 8, 2013. …

U.S. House Republicans voice support for budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a two-year budget deal negotiated behind closed doors, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight.<p>Despite conservative …

Congress set to pass historically few laws in 2013

WASHINGTON -- The 113th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history.<p>Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new laws didn't even come close to breaking triple …

Amazing photo features George W. Bush showing off his paintings to Hillary Clinton and others on Air Force One

<b>(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)</b><p>Bush, Clinton and others were en route to Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa<p>Elias Isquith<p>December 11, 2013 6:50pm (UTC)<p>While on Air Force One, heading to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial, George W. Bush apparently saw fit to share with …

Tea Party’s ignorant, empty threat: Why Paul Ryan will be just fine

<b>Paul Ryan (Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>Up in arms over the budget deal, right-wing nuts say Paul Ryan can’t run for president now. Here’s what they forget<p>Jim Newell<p>December 11, 2013 5:04pm (UTC)<p>House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan "can kiss goodbye any chances of running for president in 2016," …

The real Obama story at Mandela’s ceremony the U.S. media missed

<b>Barrack Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP/Matt Dunham)</b><p>While a cellphone pic went viral, the president was engaged in high melodrama with his South African counterpart<p>Daniel Massey<p>December 11, 2013 5:58pm (UTC)<p>SOWETO, South Africa — The …

No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage

There were a few snickers when a Colorado state judge ruled that a baker has to produce wedding cakes for gay couples even though he opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds.<p>A cake? What's the big deal?<p>But the decision, handed down late last week, is just the latest slice in a debate that has …

Judge Says Lazy, Unethical Prosecutors Across America Are Breaking A Basic Rule

"There is an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land. Only judges can put a stop to it," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissenting opinion in a case where one of these violations allegedly occurred.<p>The term Brady violation comes from the U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, in which …

Ted Cruz manages to get even more repulsive

<b>(Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>He “honors” Mandela by leaving his service and thinks it’s big of him to not endorse a nutjob. Why he’s the worst<p>Joan Walsh<p>December 11, 2013 3:48pm (UTC)<p>OK, Sen. Ted Cruz showed <i>me</i>: I accused him of hypocrisy for his Nelson Mandela praise last week – praise that horrified his …

FDA approves skull implant that helps treat epileptic seizures

Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the US, making it the third most common neurological disorder in the country. In a move that may offer relief for some patients, the FDA has approved a skull implant that helps reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.<p>The device …

Everyone Should Ignore Time’s Person of the Year

The magazine’s venerable feature is a smart idea, but there’s no excuse for the media pretending it’s news and turning themselves into free PR for Time Inc.<p>There’s plenty to be said for year-end wrap-ups and lists. They are a great way to recap all the biggest stories of the year, remind us what …

FreeBSD project acts on suspicions over potential Intel and Via “backdoors”

The FreeBSD project will diminish the importance of the so-called random number generators (RNGs) that are built into recent chips from Intel(s intc) …

China Puts Former Security Chief Under House Arrest

Zhou is the most senior official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949. He was the domestic security tsar and a member of the party's Politburo Standing Committee - the pinnacle of power in the country - when he retired last year.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping …

Boehner Unloads At Conservative Groups That Oppose The Budget Deal: 'This Is Ridiculous!'

"They're using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday.<p>Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending …