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Army Corps’ Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River

Every day this month, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River’s shipping channel in an effort to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.

Mali neighbors send troops to help French intervention

Troops from Mali‘s neighbours are expected to join hundreds of French soldiers in the battle to push back Islamist extremists holding Mali’s north, a fight that in its first two days has left at least 11 civilians dead, including three children who threw themselves into a river and drowned trying to avoid the bombs.

Aaron Swartz’s family condemns MIT and US government after his death

The family of celebrated internet activist Aaron Swartz has accused prosecutors and MIT officials of being complicit in his death, blaming the apparent suicide on the pursuit of a young man over “an alleged crime that had no victims”

Obama to push for comprehensive immigration reform early in new term

President Barack Obama is set to push for a comprehensive immigration bill as part of an overhaul of the system despite calls from some Republicans for a piecemeal approach, it was reported Saturday.

Egyptian court orders Hosni Mubarak retrial

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be retried for the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him after a Cairo court accepted his appeal.

Israel evicts E1 Palestinian peace camp protesters

The Israeli state has swung into action against a group of Palestinian activists who established a tent village on a rocky hillside east of Jerusalem, with hundreds of security officials carrying out an eviction under the orders of the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Women pry open door to video game industry’s boys’ club

(Reuters) – When video game developer Brenda Brathwaite Romero started her career in the 1980s, she could count the number of female developers in the industry on one hand.

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