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Brazil’s awkward reckoning with an atrocity that lives on

A truth commission was created to ‘examine and clarify the severe violations of human rights’ during an era of dictatorial repression

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Kurdish recovery

Orlando Crowcroft (Diaspora returns to build Iraqi Kurdistan into the ‘next Dubai’, 26 March) misses two important points.

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Sebelius to Testify as U.S. Cites Rise in Health Plan Signups

House lawmakers were preparing to question Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary, on Wednesday as new data showed a sharp rise in the number of people choosing plans in the federal and state exchanges.

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After Fatal Crash, Metro-North Is Ordered to Make Safety Changes

An emergency order from the Federal Railroad Administration said the railroad must provide two employees to operate trains where major speed limits are in place.

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A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site

White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.

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US seeks to reduce jail terms for petty drug offences

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to omit listing quantities of illegal substances in indictments for low-level drug cases, sidestepping federal laws that impose strict mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offences. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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In Tug of War Over New Fed Leader, Some Gender Undertones

The choice of who will succeed Ben S. Bernanke to lead the Federal Reserve is roiling Washington as it revives questions about the dearth of women in its top economic policy positions.

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Russian lawyer: Snowden will keep his pledge

<!– google_ad_section_start –> MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer advising Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency leaker has agreed to fulfill his pledge not to hurt the U.S. interests if he is granted asylum in Russia. Anatoly Kucherena said that Friday, three days after meeting with Snowden in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport to discuss the condition that Russian President Vladimir Putin has set for Snowden to be granted asylum in Russia. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Security experts to test phone anti-theft locks

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that the security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple’s iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 with Lojack for Android. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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DealBook: JPMorgan in Talks to Settle Energy Manipulation Case for $500 Million

JPMorgan Chase is aiming to settle accusations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it devised “manipulative schemes” that transformed “money-losing power plants into powerful profit centers.

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Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia

<!– google_ad_section_start –> MOSCOW — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden officially applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, his attorney and the WikiLeaks organization announced. The application is for temporary refuge, not permanent political asylum, according to human rights activists familiar with his case. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Snowden applies for Russia asylum: lawyer

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia, a pro-Kremlin lawyer said on Tuesday, after President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of “trapping” him in the country. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Russia says yet to receive Snowden asylum bid

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Edward Snowden, the fugitive intelligence leaker wanted by the United States, has still not applied for temporary asylum in Russia despite vowing to do so last week, officials said on Monday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US Air Force sees no wrongdoing by Booz Allen in Snowden matter

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The US Air Force said it saw no evidence that a defence contractor that employed Edward Snowden is responsible for his disclosure of classified US information, a finding that allows the company to continue doing business with the Pentagon. Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, revealed details of secret government surveillance programmes. He is believed to be holed up in the transit area at a Moscow airport, where he arrived on June 23 from Hong Kong. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Apple found guilty of e-book price fixing

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In a decision that could reshape how electronic books are sold on the internet, a federal judge ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books, and ordered a trial on damages. he decision by District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan is a victory for the US Department of Justice and 33 states that brought the antitrust case. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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FBI nominee says surveillance can be valuable tool

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s nominee to become the next FBI director, James Comey, told members of Congress on Tuesday that U.S. judges who oversee government intelligence programs are “anything but a rubber stamp.” But Comey also agreed to work with legislators to improve the laws governing surveillance activities. Comey said he was not familiar with the details of the government’s phone and Internet surveillance programs that recently became public, but he said that collecting that type of information can be “a valuable tool in counterterrorism.” <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Total and CEO acquitted in Iraq oil-for-food scandal

<!– google_ad_section_start –> French oil giant Total was acquitted on Monday of corruption charges related to the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq by a Paris criminal court. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Ten killed in Alaska floatplane crash

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Ten people were killed on Sunday when a floatplane crashed and burst into flames at an airport in the Alaska Kenai Peninsula town of Soldotna, officials said. No survivors were found, according to the Soldotna Police Department. The plane, a de Havilland DHC3 Otter, was operated by a local air-taxi company, Rediske Air, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said. The plane crashed at the Soldotna airport at about 11:20am local time, the FAA said. It was initially unclear whether the plane was departing or landing at the time, the FAA said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Asia stocks gain as Fed, China slowdown weighed

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as speculation that lukewarm U.S. economic indicators would keep the Federal Reserve from ending its stimulus program early offset pessimism about China’s economy. Major European markets opened slightly down. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, the region’s heavyweight index, jumped 1.8 percent to 14,098.74. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 2.6 percent at 4,834.00 after the country’s central bank left interest rates unchanged and said the Australian dollar is likely to continue falling, easing pressure on the economy.

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