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Jun 30, 2014

Japan PM to overturn pacifist defence policy

Postwar constitution bans use of force in international disputes, which Shinzo Abe says inhibits country's ability to protect itself Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to defy public opinion and announce a dramatic shift in the country's defence ... #Shinzo Abe #Japan

Jun 26, 2014

Hofstra makes SAT, ACT optional starting in 2015

Hofstra University is joining the growing ranks of campuses across the country that are making the SAT and ACT optional rather than requiring students to submit scores from those admissions tests when they apply. Hofstra representatives said the new ... #North Carolina #Massachusetts #Connecticut #Dowling College #Briarcliffe College #Wesleyan University #SAT Reasoning Test #Cambridge, MA #College of the Holy Cross #Wake Forest University #Australian Capital Territory

Jun 21, 2014

Nassau police department to arm officers with hundreds of Tasers

Nassau County is beginning to arm its police patrol supervisors and some trainee officers with Tasers -- a major change for an organization that was slow to adopt the controversial technology widely used at most police departments across the country.... #Nassau County, NY #Amnesty International

Jun 24, 2014

FDA orders GlaxoSmithKline to review manufacturing worldwide

Britain's biggest drugmaker warned by US watchdog over flu vaccine production at Canadian subsidiary The US Food and Drug Administration has ordered GlaxoSmithKline to review its manufacturing operations globally after finding that its Canadian subsi... #Iraq #China #United Kingdom #Jordan #FTSE #GlaxoSmithKline Inc #Food and Drug Administration #Serious Fraud Office

Jun 19, 2014

Republicans: Obama must defend Christian values

(AP) -- Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America's leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom as they courted social conservatives expected to play ... #Barack Obama #Florida #Mike Huckabee #Rick Santorum #Ralph Reed #Republican National Committee #Democratic National Committee #U.S. Republican Party #Marco Rubio

Jun 12, 2014

US: 'Serious concerns' over Myanmar marriage bill

(AP) -- The State Department has voiced serious concerns about proposals to criminalize interfaith marriage in Myanmar, while rights groups warned Thursday that passage of such discriminatory legislation could spark more violence against Muslims. Nat... #Barack Obama #US State Department #Myanmar #Thein Sein #Solidarity

Jul 08, 2014

'Thank a hippie' for online communities, ex-Gaskin's Farm member tells Easthampton 'Nerd Night' audience

Craig Issod spoke at Monday&aposs "Nerd Night" event at the Eastworks building in Easthampton. EASTHAMPTON — Today's virtual communities had their roots in the hippie communes of the 1960s and '70s. That's according to Southampton resident Craig Isso... #Tennessee #Guatemala #Larry Brilliant #Facebook

Jul 09, 2014

14 things only the Irish love

This week's Garth Brooks pandemonium is only proof of how much the Irish love (or perhaps loved) the man himself. The devastation following the announcement that all five concerts are to be scrapped illustrates something really important about us. If... #Kazakhstan #Bertie Ahern #Chris Hadfield #Facebook

Jul 07, 2014

China's second quarter growth better - premier

China's economic growth quickened in the second quarter from the previous three months, but further modest government support measures will still be needed, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference with German Chancellor Angel... #China #Beijing #Angela Merkel #International Monetary Fund

Jul 07, 2014

Ex-Georgian leader Shevardnaze dies

Eduard Shevardnadze, a ground-breaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, has died at the age of 86. His spokeswoman, Marina Davitashvili, said he died after a long illness. She did not say where he died. Mr Sh... #Afghanistan #Georgia #Berlin #Soviet Union #Mikhail Gorbachev #Eduard Shevardnadze