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Noontime News Roundup – February 13th, 2014

Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours. Snow and ice storm lands deadly punch on U.S. South, East Coast (Reuters) – A deadly winter storm gripped the southeastern United States on Wednesday, crippling travel, grounding flights, knocking out power to 363,000 customers and encasing magnolia and palmetto trees in ice. ∞ Internet governance too US-centric, says European Commission The mass surveillance carried out by the US National Security Agencymeans that governance of the internet has to be made more international and less dominated by America, the European Union‘s executive has declared. ∞ Lethal injection drug blocked by judge A US federal judge has temporarily blocked an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy from selling a drug to the Missouri department of corrections for use in an upcoming execution. ∞ Nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy source US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors. ∞ NSA actions pose ‘direct threat to journalism’ leading watchdog warns The National Security Agency’s dragnet of communications data poses a direct threat to journalism in the digital age by threatening to destroy the confidence between reporter and source on which most investigations depend, one of the world’s leading journalism watchdogs has warned. ∞ Jade Rabbit lunar rover alive after...

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Noontime News Roundup – February 12th, 2014

Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours. China, Taiwan agree to open officers after historic talks (Reuters) – China and Taiwan, at odds for more than six decades, agreed at historic talks on Tuesday to set up representative offices as early as possible, though sensitive political issues like a formal peace treaty were not up for discussion. ∞ Washington state to suspend death penalty by governor’s moratorium The governor of Washington state has suspended the use of the death penalty for the rest of his time in office. ∞ Aid workers in Homs race to evacuate civilians before Syrian ceasefire ends Humanitarian agencies are engaged in a desperate scramble to evacuate hundreds of civilians – including terrified and malnourished children, the elderly, the sick and the injured – from the besieged Old City of Homs before a temporary ceasefire expires on Wednesday. ∞ US House votes to raise government debt ceiling until March 2015 Republican leaders backed away from a risky fiscal confrontation with the White House on Tuesday, relying almost entirely on votes from their Democratic opponents to pass a bill to increase the debt ceiling. ∞ Eric Holder calls on states to restore voting rights to former prison inmates Attorney general Eric Holder on Tuesday urged states to restore voting rights to former prison inmates, an issue he said primarily affects...

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Noontime News Roundup – February 4th, 2013

Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours. Web Companies give first look at secret government data requests (Reuters) – Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google on Monday began publishing details about the number of secret government requests for data they receive, hoping to show limited involvement in controversial surveillance efforts. ∞ Without Keystone, oil trains may cause six deaths per year: U.S. State Department report (Reuters) – Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. ∞ Snowstorm sweeps across Northeast, trapping Super Bowl fans (Reuters) – A fast-moving winter storm swept into the Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight cancellations, slowing traffic and proving weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right. ∞ Native American groups request federal inquiry into adoption services Four national Native American organizations on Monday asked the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems, saying civil rights violations there are rampant. ∞ Amanda Knox case judge lambasted by Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyers for remarks The judge who reinstated Amanda Knox‘s conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher has been criticised by her co-accused’s defence lawyers after he commented publicly on...

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Noontime News Roundup – January 30th, 2014

Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours. Iran dismisses Barack Obama’s claim that sanctions prompted nuclear talks Iran has said comments in Barack Obama‘s State of the Union speech about how sanctions linked to its nuclear programme had forced Tehran to the negotiating table were “unrealistic and unconstructive”. ∞ US economy grows 3.2% in fourth quarter of 2013 The US economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014. ∞ James Clapper calls for Snowden and ‘accomplices’ to return NSA documents James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has issued a blistering condemnation of Edward Snowden, calling the surveillance disclosures published by the Guardian and other news outlets a “perfect storm” that would endanger American lives. ∞ Republicans meet to hammer out compromise on immigration reform Republicans were bracing for a fractious debate over the future of America’s 11 million undocumented workers as they gathered at a secluded retreat on the coast of Maryland to reconcile long-standing differences over immigration reform. ∞ Syria wiping neighborhoods off the map to punish residents – rights group The Syrian government has demolished thousands of buildings, in some cases entire neighbourhoods, in parts of Damascus and Hama, as part of a collective punishment against residents of rebel-held areas, Human Rights Watch has...

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Noontime News Roundup – January 29th, 2014

Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours. Obama lays out go-it-alone approach in State of the Union speech (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America’s middle class in a State of the Union speech that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year. ∞ Vladimir Putin tells Brussels to stay out of Ukraine’s political crisis President Vladmir Putin warned Europe to keep its hands off Ukraine on Tuesday, as Brussels sent its top foreign policy envoy to Kiev to try to mediate in the 10-week stand-off between President Viktor Yanukovychand the opposition on the streets. ∞ Herbert Smulls: supreme court halts Missouri execution after drug challenge The US supreme court granted a stay of execution for the Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, after his lawyers protested that the state had refused to disclose the source of the drug due to be used to kill him. ∞ US lifts veil on Obama’s Guantanamo detainee review process For 19 minutes over a streaming video feed on Tuesday morning, the American public got its first glimpse into President Obama’s new review process for Guantánamo detainees, touted as a key step toward closing the notorious detention center. ∞ Relationship between Hamid Karzai and US grows ever more poisonous Each time...

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