Those exposed in the leak include the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, an alleged bagman for Syrian President Bashar Assad, a close friend of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and companies linked to the family of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
When the Patriot Act expired Monday, people were left with questions as to what this means for the National Security Agency, for spying, and for the struggling presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul
A gate bearing the Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (work sets you free) was stolen from the Dachau concentration camp.
Out of an “abundance of caution”, two people who arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are being observed at two separate hospitals.
By Steven T. Dennis, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator. As usual, the quirks of the disclosure rules make it impossible to know exactly how poor any one lawmaker is, or […]
By CQ Roll Call staff WASHINGTON — They invested in an aquaculture business, a bank and good old blue chip stocks and bonds. The richest members of Congress found myriad ways to get wealthier in 2013, CQ Roll Call’s annual survey of congressional wealth shows. Many lawmakers’ portfolios shrugged off the effects of a government […]
By Rosalind Bentley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Well, if he hit her, why did she marry him? Why hasn’t she left him? Why is she defending him? Those are a few of the questions buzzing on the Web, in offices, and in homes around the country in light of the graphic new video of now-former Baltimore […]
By Lauren Raab, Ryan Parker and Nicky Loomis, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said he appears to have committed suicide. The news of the beloved actor’s […]
MCT A 25-year-old concert-goer was taken into custody on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem after he allegedly groped a woman at Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour at the Rose Bowl and then bit off the tip of her boyfriend’s finger during an ensuing fight, police said. The incident occurred Saturday as […]
dpa MOSCOW — Prominent Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov has begun a hunger strike to protest his 4 1/2 year prison sentence, a prison spokeswoman said Friday, a day after he was sentenced. Udaltsov, 37, is in solitary confinement and is being kept under continuous medical supervision, the spokeswoman told the Interfax news agency. He […]
dpa MANILA — The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2 million in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said Thursday. Most of the deaths were caused by toppled trees, collapsed structures, and other debris whipped up […]
By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times McALLEN, Texas — Governor Rick Perry told U.S. House committee members meeting in this border town Thursday that the most humanitarian response to tens of thousands of children from Central America surging across the border was to send them back as quickly as possible. The Republican governor also criticized […]
MCT HONG KONG — Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday arrested at least 511 demonstrators who refused to leave city streets following one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the former British territory since its return to Chinese rule in 1997. Demonstrators were arrested for “participating in unauthorized assembly and obstructing police officers in an […]
dpa STRASBOURG, France — A French public ban on clothing that hides the face was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday in a decision that will have ramifications for 47 nations. The case was brought by a French Muslim woman who said the ban on traditional garments like the burqa or […]
dpa LONDON — A former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children, the Crown Prosecution Service said Friday. Patrick Rock, who worked on a much-vaunted government plan to offer Internet porn filters to all households, resigned as deputy head of Downing Street’s policy […]
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican acknowledged Thursday that many Catholics do not understand or follow its teachings on marriage and sexual ethics as it commented the results of a worldwide consultation. In the past months, ordinary Catholics were polled on hot-button issues as part of Vatican preparations for the Synod, a special bishops’ meeting that […]
By Nikolaus von Twickel, dpa MOSCOW — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday declared a one-week, unilateral cease-fire to try and end the bloody conflict with pro-Russian insurgents in the country’s east. The truce will last until June 27 in order to allow the “terrorists” to lay down their arms, Poroshenko said in a statement […]
ISTANBUL — A Turkish court ordered Thursday the release of 230 people who were convicted of being involved in the so-called “sledgehammer” plot to stage a coup against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The move came a day after the Constitutional Court ruled that the rights of the 230 had been violated. It paves the […]
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Waffle House restaurants apologized Tuesday for taking a Raleigh waitress’ $1,000 tip and refunding it to the customer, promising to review its policy. The company issued a statement on its Facebook page after the story of Shaina Brown’s gratuity, first reported in The News & Observer […]
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Islamic authorities imprisoned 16 men dressed as women after a raid on a wedding just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur, activists and police confirmed Tuesday. Seventeen men were arrested Sunday night in the town of Bahau in the state of Negeri Sembilan, 60 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, according to […]
GENEVA — The recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric from EU politicians could pave the way for violence and human rights violations, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Tuesday in Geneva. At the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s summer session, Pillay said the xenophobic, racist and religiously intolerant discourse could undermine […]