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Wise-cracking U.S. celebrities endorse Iran deal

Washington - Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy.

Closing arguments bumped to Friday in NC voting law trial Special

Winston-salem - Spectators hoping to hear final arguments in the lawsuit seeking to overturn North Carolina's controversial Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) were disappointed Thursday when conflicts over witness testimony upended the court's schedule.

Canadian actor Donald Sutherland wants vote in his own country

Actor Donald Sutherland, the father of Kiefer Sutherland — has written an opinion piece in a national Canadian newspaper about his lack of voting rights in his own country. As he lives abroad, and has for over five years, he can't vote in Canada.

Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa

Munich - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his applicat...

NC voters 'very, very concerned' about fraud, official says Special

Winston-salem - Kim Strach, Executive Director of North Carolina's State Board of Elections, says she frequently gets phone call from voters who are "very, very concerned" about voter fraud.

Canadians living abroad 5 years or more ineligible to vote

Toronto - The ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal will mean that more than a million expats who have been non-residents for five years or more will lose the right to vote in federal elections, including the upcoming election this fall.

Expert says VIVA made North Carolina's voting laws 'mainstream' Special

Winston-salem - North Carolina's Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) has brought the state's voting laws into line with the national mainstream, an expert witness testified Tuesday.

NSA stops using phone data, but White House says 'No' to Snowden

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop using millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Donald Trump aide apologizes for 'can't rape your spouse' remark

A top aide to real-estate magnate and presidential candidate Donald Trump apologized Tuesday after making controversial comments about marital rape in an article published the night before.

Britain's Lord Sewel resigns after cocaine and prostitutes scandal

London - A British peer who was in charge of lawmakers' ethics quit the House of Lords on Tuesday after allegedly snorting cocaine off a prostitute's breasts, fuelling calls for reform of the unelected upper chamber.

Defense introduces controversial expert witness in NC VIVA trial Special

Winston-salem - Courtroom tensions rose Monday as Defense attorneys called a controversial expert witness to the stand on Day 11 of the lawsuit seeking to overturn North Carolina's controversial Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA).

Mike Huckabee: Obama 'marching Israel to door of the oven'

Trailing far behind leading GOP rivals in every national poll, former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has invoked genocidal Holocaust imagery to criticize President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Op-Ed: The hidden risks behind China’s stock market crash

Remember Japan? In the 1980s, thanks to its spectacular economic growth, Japanophobia and Japan bashing were the most popular pastimes in the U.S.

New Hampshire, Iowa voters unimpressed with all but one candidate

Iowa and New Hampshire voters apparently aren't impressed with the current crop of candidates running in the primary-election races for president in 2016, and only one candidate gained a positive favorability rating.

UK government drafting plans to defeat Islamic State in Libya

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron claims the UK should be ready to fight terrorist groups anywhere in the world. He is drawing up plans for defeating Islamic State forces inside Libya..

California judge orders release of illegal immigrants

A federal judge in California has ruled the Obama Administration's detention of mothers and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally should be released, in another apparent setback to the president's immigration policy.

Judge orders U.S. to free detained immigrant children and mothers

A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration is in serious violation of a court agreement by detaining women and children who cross the border illegally from Mexico.

Op-Ed: Turkish bombings complicate Middle East conflict

Ankara - Washington has long urged Turkey to intervene against the Islamic State in Syria. After a suicide bombing that killed 32 people in Turkey, Turkish planes have targeted IS locations in Syria for two consecutive days now.

Op-Ed: UN should sanction IMF head and Libyan Prime Minister

Tripoli - The UN has the power to sanction any group that interferes with or obstructs the peace process in Libya. The EU has already listed five individuals it intends to sanction.
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