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Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

The US Senate has voted to outlaw many forms of torture, including waterboarding, “rectal feeding,” mock executions, hooding prisoners, and sexual humiliation in any sector of the US government. By a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate agreed on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the US government to […]

8 reasons why Scots voted ‘No’ to independence

8 reasons why Scots voted ‘No’ to independence

1. ‘Better off together’ The pro-union ‘Better Together’ campaign highlighted Scotland’s shared historical ties with its English, Welsh and Northern Irish neighbors. The referendum has thrown up soul-searching questions of what it means to be British. The allure of these shared historical bonds no doubt swayed some voters to reject independence. 2. Fear Many Scots […]

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

As leaders of countries making up half of the world’s population firmly opposed military action against Syria without a UN mandate, the US kept pushing for a strike, claiming that many countries represented at the G20 summit were “comfortable” with it. Although discussion of the Syrian conflict was never officially on the G20 agenda, world […]

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Obamacare to penalize nearly half a million Native Americans

Native Americans are entitled to free and subsidized medical care at some federally-funded health clinics, but ‘Obamacare’ will soon force many of them to buy insurance or else face hefty fines if they are not “Indian enough”. “A lot of folks are going to get stuck with the bill,” Jay Stiener of the National Council of […]

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

In a bid to intimidate North Korea and draw attention to the US military’s capabilities, American B-52 bombers – which are capable of carrying out nuclear strikes – are practicing over South Korea. The move is in response to rising tensions after North Korea conducted its third successful nuclear test last month. This month’s first […]

Three-quarters of Americans distrust the government

Three-quarters of Americans distrust the government

A new poll shows that 73 percent of Americans distrust the decisions made by the federal government – a number that has been steadily increasing throughout the last two administrations. At its highest point, which occurred during President Obama’s first term, 80 percent of Americans lacked faith in the federal government. While former President George […]

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA’s program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified, even though […]

Scientists strive to save dying spoken language of Jesus

Scientists strive to save dying spoken language of Jesus

British scientists are attempting to preserve the Aramaic language spoken by Jesus and tied to Hebrew and Arabic. Professor of linguistics at the University of Cambridge, Geoffrey Khan, has begun a quest to record the ancient language that’s been around for three thousand years before it finally disappears. Prof Khan decided to record the language […]

New Year’s celebrations: World welcomes 2013 with a bang (VIDEO)

New Year’s celebrations: World welcomes 2013 with a bang (VIDEO)

People around the world ushered in 2013 with a fanfare of record-breaking fireworks displays and raucous revelry. However, the New Year was also a more somber occasion for some, overshadowed by the events of 2012. Sydney’s celebrations have set the tone for the first iconic images of the new year, which started sweeping across the […]

21 December 2012 is here: ‘Apocalypse’ LIVE UPDATES

21 December 2012 is here: ‘Apocalypse’ LIVE UPDATES

The much-anticipated date for the end of the world is finally coming, as predicted by the Mayans, and we’ve got the latest updates on how the globe is dealing with ‘Armageddon.’ 05:01 GMT: The US East Coast has officially entered ‘doomsday’ – hundreds of excited Twitter users are posting messages that nothing is happening. 04:55 GMT: China […]