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Guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

A police guard opens fire at an international hospital in Afghanistan's capital, killing at least three Americans.
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Pakistan jets attack rebel border bases

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Operation near Afghanistan border comes as government attempts to re-engage Pakistani Taliban in peace talks.
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Ukraine rivals clash as US blames Russia

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Two confrontations reported by Kiev government as US president accuses Russia of going against spirit of Geneva deal.
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India votes on second biggest polling day

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Eleven states and a union territory voting for 117 seats in the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections.
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Breaking: FCC Will Announce the Death of Net Neutrality Tomorrow (via Americans Against The Tea Party)

If you thought corporations played a big role in your life already, just wait until tomorrow, when the FCC gives up on trying to Continue →

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(By Lois Beckett via ProPublica).

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws.

“Put Continue →

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Obama backs Japan in islands row with China

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

US president says islands at centre of Sino-Japanese dispute are Japanese and fall under terms of US-Japan defence pact.
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Security Council must act on Syria: UN chief

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Ban Ki-moon says failure of warring parties to provide access is flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
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US: Russia failing to abide by Ukraine deal

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

President Obama says Moscow goes against spirit of Geneva agreement, and that he is considering new sanctions.
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UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria.
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China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Seizure, relating to unpaid compensation for Chinese ships leased in 1936, sparked Japanese formal diplomatic complaint.
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(By Olof Blomqvist)

The presidential election has shown Afghanistan’s increasingly mature media scene at its best – hopefully not for the last time.

Afghanistan’s vibrant and diverse media scene is often held up as one of the few real Continue →

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New Records Show IRS Targeted Liberal Groups More Than Tea Party (via Liberaland)

Think Progress obtained a series of IRS documents via the Freedom of Information Act that contradict Republican claims that the IRS targeted only conservative Tea Party groups Continue →

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Russia tells Ukraine to pull back troops

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Moscow insists that Kiev pull back its troops from eastern Ukraine, as it accuses Washington of distorting Geneva pact.
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(By Juan Cole)

This week the Fateh Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

The Ra’y News Continue →

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US and France press UN for S Sudan sanctions

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Diplomats urge United Nations to consider sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties as violence escalates.
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US court rejects death row inmates’ claims

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court lifts stay of execution on death row inmates who questioned drug secrecy.
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The Key to 2014

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s Continue →

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By Amy Goodman

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half Continue →

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Starting July 1, there will be very few places left in the state of Georgia where you can’t legally carry a firearm.

On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 60, which lifts bans on firearms Continue →

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A proposal by FCC chair Tom Wheeler obtained by The Wall Street Journal would allow companies such as Comcast to finally kill net neutrality.

Right now, the FCC doesn’t classify broadband Internet as a common carrier Continue →

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The Best Feature of This Phone Is Its Price

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

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Samsung and HTC just announced their new flagship phones, and Apple is expected to drop the iPhone 6 sometime soon. Chinese upstart OnePlus is hoping to give all those devices a run for their money—literally.

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Obama seeks to reassure partners on Asia trip

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Islands at centre of China-Japan row are covered by US-Japan defence alliance, US president says as he leaves for Tokyo.
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This video was shot this morning by the International Solidarity Movement in Hebron. They explain the scene:

At approximately 7 am this morning, Rami Rajabi, a six-year-old child, was 20 meters away from checkpoint 29 when he threw several pebbles in Continue →

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The Mosquito Menace

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 23, 2014

Ed note. This originally appeared in Project Syndicate and is reprinted with permission. World Malaria Day is April 25. 

STANFORD – Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people annually, and cause suffering for many more. In 2012, there were an Continue →

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Bomb kills police general in Cairo

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Egyptian police brigadier general killed after a bomb explodes under his car, in the fifth targeted attack in a week.
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Morocco Denies Bail for Jailed Activists

by Alexandra on April 23, 2014

Moroccans protest the arrest of activists

Photo Credit: Reuters

During a mass pro-reform demonstration in Casablanca earlier this month, nine February 20 activists were arrested. The government recently rejected their request for bail. The demonstration, which 10,000 people took part and was organized by Morocco’s three main unions Continue →

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Photo Credit: Brookings

On Wednesday, April 23, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution held an event entitled “Understanding Tahrir Square: The Prospects for Arab Democracy.” Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and the Director of the Saban Continue →

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Palestinian factions to form unity government

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity government ending seven-year rift.
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By Jake Bernstein, ProPublica

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so Continue →

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Tanks- fall out! Special Ops – forward!

by sarahbenton on April 23, 2014

Members of the Yanshuf (Owl) Battalion which specialises in CBRN (chemical, biological,radiological and nuclear) warfare practising on the Golan Heights, 2010.

Israel’s military revolution

The changes in the Middle East have triggered a comprehensive transformation within the IDF, including its strategic doctrine, Continue →

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Which U.S. Universities Are The Greenest?

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 23, 2014

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In a recently released free book by the Princeton Review, three-hundred and thirty universities in the United States and two in Canada are profiled as green four-year higher education institutions. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, released Continue →

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US lays charges in Syria smuggling scheme

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Three men have been accused of illegally shipping goods to Syria through other countries for nine years.
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Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

  Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad, left, Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, center, and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, who is based in Egypt, after the announcement of an agreement between the Continue →

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Science Shows Animals Have Feelings Too

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

Research demonstrates that dogs, cats and others release the same hormone that humans do when they’re in love; a blond man once convinced British intellectuals he was Asian and had been kidnapped from Taiwan; to deal with Continue →

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Kerry

Photo Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

US Secretary of State John Kerry ”is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States,” allowing for the obligation of FY2014 funds for assistance to the Government of Egypt.

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Chelsea Manning Given Go-Ahead to Legally Change Her Name

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

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Wednesday was an “exciting day” for Chelsea Manning, who was granted the right to a legal name change by a judge in Kansas.

Manning released a statement to celebrate Leavenworth County District Judge Continue →

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Affirmative Action

by editor@truthdig.com on April 23, 2014

By Clay Bennett

Related Entries April 23, 2014 This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won April 22, 2014 Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going Continue →
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Shutdown on the world’s highest mountain

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 23, 2014

Local guides are refusing to take climbers up Mt. Everest after the deaths of at least 13 of their colleagues.
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Drilling at night in the Eagle Ford shale.

Drilling at night in the Eagle Ford shale.

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Earlier this month, a coalition of county governments in Texas posted a study that air pollution would increase significantly by 2018 thanks to a local drilling boom. One week Continue →

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