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EU reveals US trade talks agenda in key TTIP document

From BBC News: MEPs and the EU Commission have welcomed publication of the EU’s priorities in trade talks with the US, which had long been kept secret. The negotiating mandate for the talks – which are known as TTIP – … Continue reading

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UK talks over arms export licences to Israel

From BBC News: UK ministers are discussing whether to suspend arms export licences to Israel if the truce in Gaza ends. Israel has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of … Continue reading

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Row over Glasgow City Council’s plans to fly Palestinan flag

From BBC News: A row has broken out over Glasgow City Council’s plans to raise the Palestinian flag over the city chambers on Friday. Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said it would be raising the flag in solidarity with people who … Continue reading

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Russia extends Snowden residency by three years

From BBC News: Russia has granted fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden permission to stay three more years with the right to travel abroad, his lawyer says. His year-long leave to stay in Russia had expired on 31 July. Mr Snowden … Continue reading

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Foreign Office minister Sayeeda Warsi resigns over Gaza

From The Guardian: Lady Warsi, the senior Foreign Office minister, has resigned from the government in protest at its policy on Gaza, in a decision that Downing Street says it is checking. Warsi said on her Twitter account on Tuesday: … Continue reading

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Vatican Library to digitise archives

From BBC News: The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. The … Continue reading

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Ukraine army raises $1m via text appeal for funds

From BBC News: Ukrainians have donated over one million dollars to the country’s impoverished armed forces, after the Ministry of Defence set up a telephone appeal for funds, it seems. The ministry’s official Facebook page¬†says: “Support the Army of Ukraine! … Continue reading

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Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

From BBC News: Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them. The protesters, who burst into the chamber late on Tuesday, say the agreement with … Continue reading

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Selfless Blessings, the shop where everything’s free

From Huffington Post: Andrea Berdine couldn’t understand why anyone would refuse to give the man a coat. It was a cold day in September 2012, in the middle of a thunderstorm, and from the back of a resale shop in … Continue reading

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US man faces 13 years in prison for writing anti-bank messages in chalk

From Huffington Post:¬† Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man from San Diego, Calif., will face jail time for charges stemming from anti-big bank messages he scrawled in water-soluble chalk outside Bank of America branches last year. The San Diego Reader reported … Continue reading

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