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Turkey raids critical media group after British reporters jailed

Ankara - Turkish police on Tuesday staged a major swoop on the Ankara-based offices of a media group critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a day after two British reporters were jailed on hugely controversial terror charges.

Op-Ed: Professor says legal critics of war on terror legitimate targets

New York - William Bradford is an assistant professor in the department of law at the US military academy at West Point. Bradford claims legal scholars critical of the war on terror are a "treasonous" fifth column to be classified as enemy combatants.

Republicans peeved at POTUS for renaming Mt. McKinley

Ohio residents are hopping mad after President Obama announced on Sunday that Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior had renamed Mt. McKinley the name Alaskans have been calling the great mountain for years, Denali.

Drones are ‘legally blind’ so why do we rely on them? Special

Edinburgh - “So much has been said about drones both pro and con,” says the noted journalist and documentary filmmaker Andrew Cockburn, “and yet people still get everything wrong about them.”

Op-Ed: Repeal the 14th Amendment? No, but the threat is more subtle

Washington - If you remove the rights of citizenship, what rights do Americans have? Could Americans have constitutional protection? Maybe, maybe not. But that’s what it could mean, depending on your interpretation.

Op-Ed: Presidential Primary is reminiscent of California's 2003 Recall

The 2016 Presidential Primary has attracted a diverse crowd of candidates who are either focusing on the issues that affect Americans or seeking their 15 minutes of fame.

Op-Ed: Scientist being investigated for Harperman protest song

Ottawa - Apparently, working for the Harper government means that you must not write protest songs that are not politically correct according to the Public Service Ethics Code.

Op-Ed: The negative impact of a wall between Canada and U.S.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has raised eyebrows this week with his new stance on immigration. Not only does he agree with Donald Trump on a border wall with Mexico, but he thinks a wall between the US and Canada might be good, too.

Koch Bros. made a fortune from Hurricane Katrina victims: Report

New Orleans - Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. A new report shows how Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch, profited by worsening the damage caused by the devastating storm.

Op-Ed: Three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in Egypt

Cairo - Three al-Jazeera journalists convicted of "spreading false news" have been sentenced to three years in prison at their retrial in Cairo. One journalist, Baher Mohamed was given an extra six months.

Interview: How civic hackers find creative solutions to problems Special

Civic transparency groups in the United States have hacked together ways to make legislative information and public data simpler to understand and use.

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy claims dialogue talks end again on positive note

Skhirat - The special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, who is chief facilitator of the dialogue between representatives of the 2 rival governments said recent 2-day talks were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.

The British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS

London - The popular social media site has become the latest tool in the British government's continuing struggle against the threat of Islamic extremism.

Two new polls show NDP leading in Canadian election race

Ottawa - Not long ago a Nanos poll showed the three main parties, the Conservatives under leader Stephen Harper, the New Democratic Party (NDP) with Tom Mulcair, and the Liberals with Justin Trudeau in a virtual tie. Two more recent polls show the NDP leading.

UN brands Dutch 'Black Pete' a 'vestige of slavery'

Den Haag - The United Nations has called a Dutch character with a black face who appears every Christmas a "vestige of slavery" and said The Netherlands should begin overturning the popular tradition.

China, U.S. officials hint at underlying tensions in talks

Bejing - US President Barack Obama's key national security aide and China's top foreign policy official hinted at tensions that divide them on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Op-Ed: Debunking the Republican War on Women

There is no Republican “war on women.” There are many in America's GOP that clearly have some very serious, troubling issues with women, but that is a far cry from a party-wide war on women.

Op-Ed: Libyan dialogue talks resume without one of two rival governments

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, the UN Special Envoy to Libya resumed talks on forming a Government of National Accord in Skhirat Morocco even though one of two rival governments did not show up.

Op-Ed: Government might sue student loan collector Navient

Washington - Student loan giant Navient Corp. told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent it a letter claiming it has the legal grounds for a lawsuit.
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