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Far-Right Terrorists for ‘Liberty’

Recruiting militants via Facebook is an amateur move, but the arrest of a right-wing extremist is a reminder that most terror plots in the U.S. have nothing to do with al Qaeda.

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The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

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Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don’t know about—not even the locals. It’s not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I’m talking about certain folk who roam San Francisco streets. People who can give you the credentials that make your life actually matter.Read more…

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Nigerian army ‘killed hundreds’

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Nigeria’s army killed some 600 people after a recent attack by Boko Haram militants on a barracks, Amnesty International says.

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‘Cinderella’ cruelty law considered

The government is “seriously” considering introducing a new offence of emotional cruelty to children in England and Wales.

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Former George W. Bush aide rips Jeb Bush for ‘kissing the ring’ of billionaires

Matthew Dowd, who was chief strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, on Sunday ripped Republican presidential hopefuls for lowering themselves to “kiss the ring” of billionaires like Las Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson. During a Sunday panel segment on ABC’s This…

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Turkey awaits results of local elections

Counting begins across Turkey as polls test Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity after a string of scandals.

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Medical association: Frequent texting can lead to abnormal, painful spinal curvature

By Luisa Dillner Texting is bad for your health. Do it while walking and you can bump into walls or step out into traffic. Studies have linked excessive texting with insomnia, stress and painful tendons (BlackBerry thumb). Now the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) has warned that texting for…

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There’s a gene in your saliva that determines how your body breaks down carbs: scientists

British researchers have discovered a link between a gene that breaks down carbohydrates and obesity, which may pave the way for more effective, individually tailored diets for people wanting to lose weight. Researchers at King’s College London and Imperial College London found that people…

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Egypt’s presidential election to be held in late May

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Date set for crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief, Abdel Fattah al-SisiEgypt’s presidential election will be held in late May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, finally setting dates for the crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief who ousted an elected president last year.The election commission said the results are expected by 5 June, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month, with results announced no later than 26 June.

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Nigerian prisoners killed in Abuja jailbreak

At least 21 detainees shot dead during attempted escape from the cells of the secret police headquarters in Abuja.

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New Alabama food truck regulations prevent local churches from feeding the homeless

Food truck regulations that went into effect on January 1, 2014 are preventing churches in Birmingham, Alabama from feeding the homeless. Minister Rick Wood of the Lords House of Prayer told ABC 3340 that police informed him that he would not be able to provide food for the homeless in Linn Park…

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Twenty-one dead in attempted escape from headquarters of Nigerian secret police

21 dead in attempted jail break: Nigerian secret police (via AFP) Nigeria’s secret police on Sunday said that 21 detainees died during an attempted jail break from custody at its headquarters in the capital, Abuja. Department of State Services spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said in an emailed…

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Hammer-wielding robbers terrorize shoppers at Philippine mall

Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippine mall (via AFP) A band of robbers armed with guns and hammers shot it out with Philippine police inside one of the world’s largest shopping malls Sunday, sending Manila shoppers scrambling for safety, police and witnesses said. Waves of police…

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Rick Santorum: Uninsured people are deadbeats and ‘won’t make a payment’ for Obamacare

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday suggested that “many” people who had purchased private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act were basically deadbeats who “won’t make a payment.” In an interview on Meet the Press, guest host…

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Freed Putin critic Khodorkovsky granted asylum in Switzerland

Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky granted residency in Switzerland (via AFP) Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed after a decade in prison in Russia, has been granted a one-year resident permit in Switzerland, migration authorities said Sunday. “His application…

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Far-right National Front gains ‘significant foothold’ in French elections

Far right poised for breakthrough in France (via AFP) France on Sunday held a second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the beleaguered Socialist government. With his party facing a drubbing in the first electoral…

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Alabama sex offender accused of using grandson as excuse to visit pediatrician offices

An Alabama grandfather is behind bars after being accused by parents at a pediatrician’s office of becoming too familiar with the young patients. According to WTVM, Gary Lynn Morgan, a registered sex offender, began behaving suspiciously in the waiting area of Phenix City’s Preferred…

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