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Two Koreas trade hundreds of rounds of artillery fire across disputed maritime border

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The two Koreas traded hundreds of rounds of artillery fire across their disputed maritime border yesterday, forcing South Korean islanders to take shelter a day after the North drove up tensions by threatening a new nuclear test. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Senior party officials at start of trial of ‘mafia’ tycoon Liu Han in Xianning, Hubei

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More than 150 top Communist Party officials arrived in Xianning, Hubei province, yesterday to oversee the highly anticipated trial of Sichuan mining tycoon Liu Han for alleged mafia-style crimes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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N Korea ‘will not rule out’ a new nuclear test: KCNA

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Jeremiah Denton, US POW held in Vietnam who became senator after TV interview fame

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Jeremiah Denton, a former US senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word “torture” in Morse code during a televised interview, died on Friday aged 89. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China mulls global satellite surveillance after flight 370 riddle

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Hong Kong must stop looking the other way about gay rights

<!– google_ad_section_start –> What do singer Denise Ho Wan-sze, lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen and real-estate businesswoman Gigi Chao all have in common? They are all gay, and if they were teachers, they would not be allowed to work at International Christian School. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Deaf dancer Jason Wong Yiu-pong wins plays at Broadway school

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Making magic as a dancer on Broadway is hard enough – as anyone who has seen the 1980 hit musical Fame will be aware. And when you can’t even hear the music, making that dream become a reality may seem too much for some. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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City parents must focus on character not achievement, says group founder

<!– google_ad_section_start –> “When you find your children doing everything against what you ask, it could be a warning sign that there’s something wrong with the relationship between you and your kids,” says Josephine Ling Yip Lai-sim, founder of non-profit organisation Hong Kong Character City Movement. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Group honouring Canada&#039;s war vets now battling French extremists

Neo-Nazi has targeted head of an association that educates youths about Canadian military’s contribution to the Allied invasion

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Ron Paulies Are Batshit Conspiracy Theorists, Chapter 794

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Ron Paul and his think tank don’t want the U.S. to get embroiled in an overseas war with Russia over its recent annexation of Crimea. That’s reasonable. Ron Paul and his think tank suggest that Russia didn’t even invade Crimea, really. That’s self-blindered hysterical conspiracy theorizin’ bull semen.Read more…

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Bin Laden’s son-in-law convicted of plotting to kill Americans

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was the voice of fiery al-Qaeda propaganda videotapes

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Bin Laden son-in-law guilty of terrorism

Suleiman Abu Ghaith is highest-ranking al-Qaeda figure to face trial on US soil since September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans

Kuwaiti imam Suleiman Abu Ghaith faces life in prison after being found guilty on three terrorism charges in New York courtOsama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the September 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman.The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on US soil since the attacks. The Kuwaiti imam had testified during a three-week New York trial that he answered bin Laden’s request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four planes on September 11, 2001.

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MH370: 122 objects spotted in Indian Ocean are ‘most credible lead yet’

Extra vessels and aircraft arrive in search zone after satellite imagery shows items close to where earlier debris was seenSatellite imagery showing more than 122 possible objects floating in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean offers the most credible lead yet in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, the country’s transport minister has said.

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Fred Phelps Gave Me My First Big Break

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In April 2003, The Black Table, a fledgling internet site started by me, Will Leitch, Eric Gillin, Aileen Gallagher, and Jim Cooke, had its first big, exclusive story, which was an interview with one Rev. Fred Phelps. Our full Q&A is reprinted below; here’s how that happened. Read more…

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Crimean annexation splits Russia’s weakened opposition even further

With Putin’s popularity at a five-year high, many who stood against him in previous years are now expressing support

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Chevron creates its own news outlet for a poor city that it pollutes

Daniel ArauzDon’t expect to hear what these folks think in the pages of the Richmond Standard.Big Oil’s influence on corporate media has American news outlets shamefully shirking climate coverage. But oil companies won’t be satisfied by merely controlling the national news. In the poor Californian city of Richmond, where Chevron wants to upgrade a polluting refinery that is wont to explode, the oil giant has started an online newspaper. The Richmond Standard is a hyperlocal journalism site launched in January with the hallmarks of a typical Patch site (before said service was dumped by AOL): minimally reported stories about local crime, public meetings, and sports, told with the inverted-pyramid style of traditional news writing. But the Standard is not your typical, well-intentioned but underfunded local reporting initiative; it’s a Chevron propaganda rag that’s run and written by the company’s flacks. The San Francisco Chronicle delves into the ethics of such an initiative: The idea of the nation’s second-largest oil company funding a local news site harkens back to an era of journalism when business magnates often owned newspapers to promote their personal financial or political agendas. Now that mainstream newspapers are struggling to survive, online news sites are testing ways to fund their operations, said Edward Wasserman, dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. But the idea of a company sponsoring news in a community where it operates still poses problems, he said. “The tradition of press independence — even though in many times it’s more aspirational than real — is nevertheless a cornerstone principle,” Wasserman said. The Standard “is a different model. It’s clearly meant as a community outreach effort, so it’s born in an ethically challenged area.” The Standard claims to be Richmond’s first “community-driven daily news source” since prior to 1990, yet Wasserman’s school runs Richmond Confidential — a rival site that frequently covers Chevron. The Standard has a “Chevron speaks” section, which has so far been used to introduce the website (which it says could “blaze the trail for a new model of corporate-sponsored, community-generated news”), and to criticize negative press coverage of its plans to upgrade the refinery. But the positive coverage of Chevron and its refinery also spills into the “News” section. Chevron’s San Francisco-based PR consultants poached colorful crime reporter Mike Aldax away from the San Francisco Examiner late last year, hiring him to work as an account manager and to write Richmond Standard’s articles. A Chevron spokesperson described the writer as “independent,” but a recent tweet reminds us that Aldax’s loyalties lie with his client: Great news! Chevron wins round against funder of environmental suit in Ecuador wp.me/p3QoU-4r1 via @FortuneMagazine Mike Aldax (@MikeAldax) March 17, 2014 “Richmond residents are not going to be fooled — they know where we’re coming from,” Aldax said. “The onus is on me to provide information that’s factual and accurate.” Note that Aldax doesn’t say anything about “balance.” As the Chronicle points out, Aldax didn’t quote activists who oppose the refinery upgrade in a recent story about the project’s “robust” environmental impact report. Perhaps we can look forward to more such ventures in other communities where Chevron operates. The Ecuador Standard, anyone?Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy

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