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Dozens killed in airstrike at refugee camp in Yemen – Washington Post

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike killed dozens of people Monday at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen, in what appeared to be the single deadliest attack since a Saudi ­Arabia-led coalition sent warplanes to target Shiite insurgents advancing across the country. As many as 40 people died and about 200 were wounded in the attack on the Mazraq camp in Hajjah province, said Joel Millman, a spokesman for…

Indiana law: Does freedom of religion mean freedom to discriminate? (+video) – Christian Science Monitor

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New York — For many conservative religious Americans, the nation’s long-standing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, including the one just passed in Indiana last week, could possibly carve out a public space that permits individuals and their businesses to uphold their religious opposition to same-sex marriage. But as more same-sex couples across the country legally celebrate their nuptials with traditional public pomp and ceremony, the cherished right of freedom of religion…

Time runs out as Iran nuclear talks hit deadline day – Channel News Asia

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LAUSANNE: Marathon talks aimed at stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons reach the finish line Tuesday (Mar 31) as global powers scramble to clear the final hurdles hours before a midnight deadline for a framework deal. After 18 months of tortuous talks, foreign ministers from Iran, the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany hope such an accord will end a standoff that has been threatening to escalate dangerously for…

Two men dressed as women who were shot at NSA HQ had ‘stolen SUV from a … – Daily Mail

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Security Agency police guard shot Kevin Fleming, 20, and his friend, who tried to ram through secure entrance on Fort Meade Monday Fleming was flown to hospital with serious injuries; other man killed  Now, it has been claimed  pair stole SUV from hotel they had partied at They allegedly partied with the driver, but stole his vehicle as he slept  Aerial footage of scene shows that the SUV crashed…

2 Ex-Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Are Accused of Illicit Activities – New York Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Dems call for repeal of religious objections law – Chicago Tribune

Monday, March 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS— Democratic legislators say a full repeal of Indiana’s new law on religious objections is the only way to stem the widespread criticism rolling over the state as local Democratic and Republican political leaders continue to ask for changes to the law. House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said Monday that step is the only thing that will begin the process of healing the damage done to the state…

US ends Boston Marathon bomb case with grisly photos and testimony – CNN

Monday, March 30, 2015

Boston (CNN)Martin Richard, an 8-year-boy who once urged people in a school project to “stop hurting each other,” was literally blown apart by a homemade bomb as he watched the 2013 Boston Marathon with his family, jurors heard Monday. Federal prosecutors rested their case with grisly testimony about how the bomb Dzhokar Tsarnaev placed near the marathon’s finish line tore through the bodies of Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu, a…

Iran nuclear talks at stalemate as deadline approaches – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, March 30, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits before a meeting on Iran’s nuclear programme (AP) Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, then left Lausanne, saying that he would return if there was a “realistic” prospect of an agreement. Mr Kerry and Mr Zarif met only once on Monday as participants in the plenary session. Their once regular flow of bilateral meetings has dried up: the two ministers have not talked…

One shot dead at Fort Meade after trying to enter NSA gate – CNN

Monday, March 30, 2015

(CNN)One person is dead, and two more were hospitalized after an unauthorized vehicle tried to gain access to the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, according to the NSA, which is investigating the incident. “Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate,” Jonathan Freed, NSA director of strategic communications, said in a statement. “The driver failed…

Whoa, If True: Harry Reid’s Mobster Fistfight and Cover-Up – Bloomberg

Monday, March 30, 2015

This is the second installment of  “Whoa, If True,” an occasional look at the conspiracy theories that migrate from the wilds of the Internet to the well-covered tundra of presidential campaigns. On Friday afternoon, in a segment about the retirement of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Rush Limbaugh cast doubt on the official story of the Democratic leader’s gruesome facial injuries. Reid kept saying that he had wounded himself and damaged his…

One shot dead at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate – CNN

Monday, March 30, 2015

(CNN)Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead dead and seriously injured the second. A law enforcement official had previously reported that both of the people involved were men. Aerial shots show two vehicles…

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Had Been in Treatment for Suicide Risk – Wall Street Journal

Monday, March 30, 2015

BERLIN—The Germanwings co-pilot who is believed to have crashed an airliner into a French mountainside, had been undergoing psychotherapy because of suicidal thoughts over an extended period of time before he obtained his pilot license, the German prosecutors in charge of the case said Monday. The statement confirms comments from a person close to the investigation who had said Andreas Lubitz had been treated for depression, a fact…

Iran, six powers entrenched as clock ticks to nuclear deadline – Reuters

Monday, March 30, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and major powers were struggling on Monday to reach a preliminary nuclear accord as “gloom” set in, with both sides sticking to their positions a day before a self-imposed deadline. For days Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been trying to break an impasse in negotiations aimed at stopping Tehran having the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb, in exchange…

What you need to know about Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law – USA TODAY

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation on Saturday. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.(Photo: Doug McSchooler, AP) After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence passed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week,…

Obama to Finally Visit Kenya as President – Bloomberg

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Barack Obama visited his father’s homeland of Kenya in 2006, thousands flocked to the streets to see the fast-rising U.S. senator whom many embraced as if he were a native son. Now, Obama is preparing to make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president for a global entrepreneurship summit there in July, the White House said Monday. While Obama has traveled throughout Africa as president, visiting Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania and South…

DNA of 78 Germanwings crash victims found – TVNZ

Monday, March 30, 2015

Related Added 21:54 Germanwings pilot re-traced childhood glider path video Searchers continue for a sixth day to scour the mountainside in the French Alps in an effort to recover the remains of the 150 people killed in the Germanwings plane crash last Wednesday. The recovery is proving to be a “gruesome job” with the biggest piece of wreckage the size of a family car and no intact bodies found,The Observer…

US, Russia Discuss Iran Talks – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Kremlin says that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have met in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the status of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program as well as “key regional and international issues” in the Middle East.  The meeting late on March 29 came at the end of a day of intensified talks with Iranian negotiators as a March…

Former Israeli Premier Olmert Found Guilty in Bribery Case – ABC News

Monday, March 30, 2015

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty Monday of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. Olmert’s lawyers said they would likely appeal the ruling by the Jerusalem District Court. A sentencing hearing is slated to take place in May. Olmert…

Quake Hits Papua New Guinea, Tsunami Warning Issued – Voice of America

Monday, March 30, 2015

Authorities have canceled a tsunami warning that was issued after a major earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. The quake hit at a depth of 65 kilometers, about 55 kilometers from the city of Kokopo on the island of New Britain, and nearly 800 kilometers from the capital, Port Moresby. Although the…

‘We just kicked the doors out and ran’ – Air Canada passengers on crash-landing … – Irish Independent

Monday, March 30, 2015

This photo provided by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada shows a Air Canada Airbus A-320 at Halifax International Airport after making an “abrupt” landing and skidding off the runway in bad weather early Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/The Transportation Safety Board of Canada) An investigator inspects an Air Canada flight plane that landed hard and skidded off the runway in the midst of a snowstorm at Stanfield International…