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Judge rejects Facebook settlement over ad feature

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge rejected Facebook Inc’s proposed legal settlement to resolve allegations that the social networking company violated its members’ rights through the its ‘Sponsored Stories’ advertising feature.

Syrian Crisis: UN announces Lakhdar Brahimi as new envoy

The United Nations has confirmed that Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria. UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey announced on Friday that the former Algerian foreign minister and longtime UN official would succeed Annan as joint UN-Arab League envoy

Miners’ wives rage at South African police brutality after ‘massacre’

Nosisieko Jali’s husband is missing. She has heard a rumour that a bullet hit him in the head, yet he survived. One witness said all his clothes were torn. “I don’t know where he is,” said Jali, numb with anxiety. “The hospital wouldn’t let me come inside. I am hurting.”

Paul Ryan Releases Two Years of Tax Returns

The Romney-Ryan campaign released Paul Ryan’s tax returns for 2010 and 2011 late Friday on Mitt Romney’s website.

Romney, Ryan Slam President Obama For Spending Too Little

When it comes to fiscal issues, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want voters to know they’re collectively disgusted by what they see as a reckless government spending spree under President Obama the past three years.

If Politicians Went On Vacation, We’d All Get A Break

If you toss a corn dog at a state or county fair this summer, you may bonk a politician.

Egypt’s New Leader Struggles To Fulfill Big Promises

Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, has made sweeping promises to the Egyptian people, saying he’ll improve the quality of their lives during his first 100 days in office.

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