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US adds 166,000 jobs in September amid ‘softening’ economic recovery

US businesses added 166,000 new jobs in September, according to the giant payroll firm ADP, which warned that the job recovery was “softening”.

Louisiana prisoner released after 41 years in solitary

A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was released from prison late on Tuesday, his lawyers said.

Syria: massacre reports emerge from Assad’s Alawite heartland

For more than two years, as fighting has escalated throughout Syria, a group of villages peopled by government supporters in the mountains above this coastal city has been spared any attacks.

Greenpeace activists charged with piracy by Russian authorities

Russian authorities have formally charged 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy, with a further 16 facing similar charges.

New York City Opera to shut down after failing to meet $7m funding goal

New York City Opera said Tuesday it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy protection after seven decades as a fixture on the metropolitan cultural scene.

Federal court reviews legality of NYPD Muslim surveillance program

A federal judge on Tuesday revisited at a decades-old court settlement restricting how the New York Police Department conducts surveillance after civil rights lawyers accused the department of breaking those rules by monitoring Muslims.

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina‘s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country.

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