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Friday, January 30, 2015
Governments increasingly view human rights as “a luxury” they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine.
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for “money and power,” according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
US attorney general pick pledges independence, reset with Congress
U.S. President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee told lawmakers Wednesday she would act independently and vowed a fresh start with Congress, following the stormy tenure of outgoing incumbent Eric Holder.
Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ask for an increase in military spending in a proposed budget for 2016, with a request for US$585 billion that would exceed funding caps mandated by Congress, officials said Wednesday.
The prosecutor whose suspicious death set off a crisis for Argentina President Cristina Kirchner no longer trusted even his bodyguards at the violent end of his life, an assistant said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Blizzard assaults Boston, largely spares NYC
New Englanders hit by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out Wednesday as some New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.
Thieves in a stolen sports utility vehicle smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco before dawn Tuesday and made off with up to 10 ounces (284 grams) of historic gold nuggets worth roughly US$10,000, police said.
Global freedom has suffered a disturbing decline with 60 percent of the world's population, or 2.6 billion people, living in countries that are not completely free, according to a report released Wednesday.
A federal judge sentenced twin brothers Tuesday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly US$2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders.
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