Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Giulio Haas says his country is eager to forge closer economic relations with Iran. Switzerland one of the main European trade partners of Iran, Switzerland exported 2.6 million tons of commodities to Iran in ten-month time, lifted ban on precious metal trade.
Ecuador has announced its withdrawal from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, a hemispheric agreement of mutual defense signed in 1947. Latest in a shift away from US-led security arrangements in the region by Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday that America’s borrowing limit should be extended as a matter of urgency or the government would default “at some point very soon,” possibly by the end of this month. Without borrowing not possible to meet all obligations of federal government,"
US technology companies release data how many times US government ordered them to hand over users’ information. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Yahoo disclosed N S A requested private information from at least 59,000 user accounts first half of last year under orders from a secret court.
Pakistani security forces say they have foiled at least two potentially devastating attacks on the southern port city of Karachi. Bomb disposal teams defused at least two powerful bombs planted at government installations across the city. Sectarian, political and ethnic violence in Karachi killed hundreds this year.
Drug Enforcement Administration training documents released: agency constructs two chains of evidence to hide surveillance programs from defense teams, prosecutors, and public.Coach local police departments across country how to lie about evidence sources,violate the law and cover their tracks.
MPs in the Duma suggested restrictions onviolent computer games and television programs, tougher punishment for careless storage of firearms. Incident that prompted reaction: 16-year old pupil came to school with father’s hunting. One policeman wounded, teacher, policeman killed.
US ambassador to Germany admitted it was a “stupid” idea to tap the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel while discussing business at a trade association meeting. He apologized for the stress and loss of trust the recent NSA wiretapping revelations might have caused the German government,
Petition that would let residents of the forty-ninth state vote to make pot legal for adults surpassed a 30,169 signature threshold, clearing the way for issue to appear in ballot booths during elections there on August 19. U S law considers marijuana a Schedule I narcotic on par with heroin.
December 2013 Uruguay became first country in the world to fully legalize production and sale of the popular herb. Under the new law, which comes into full effect in early April. Drugs Peace Institute, supported marijuana legalization endorsed his candidacy, political party Frente Amplio, the PlantaTuPlanta.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich: Syrian government repelled attacks by foreign-backed militants against chemical arms depots. Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad: Damascus is committed to destruction of its chemical weapons despite difficulties caused by the war.
Greek state hospital doctors, nurses and administrative staff have held a strike to protest the government’s austerity measures which allegedly aim to make the healthcare sector "more efficient. Unions: proposed reforms destructive to healthcare sector, includes layoffs, closure of hospitals and clinics across Greece
United Nations: Israel demolished 390 Palestinian homes in the West Bank's Jordan Valley in 2013, resulted in displacement of 600 Palestinians, increase from 172 year before EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, urged Israel to overturn decision to allow 558 new settlements in Jerusalem.
European Commission slammed Turkey’s new cyber law allowing government to block websites without court ruling. raised “serious concerns” of restrictions on freedom of expression, could also request users’ communications and traffic information from providers without a court ruling
Google Glass may soon become a favored tool for law enforcement agencies in the United States. New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes.
German IT sector hopes to profit from trust lost in American technology firms after NSA spying scandal. IBM and Cisco have seen foreign sales fall particularly in China. Google, Facebook pleading with Washington to exert more control over country's intelligence agencies, fear of user revolt.
In the United States, pre-packaged foods loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals can make it onto grocery store shelves boasting the label “natural.”In America, no definition of “natural.” Consumer advocates threaten lawsuits against big food giants, alleging their claims are misleading and illegal.
Canadian industrial metal band Skinny Puppy sent the Pentagon a bill for $660,000 after being told that guards at Guantanamo Bay had used the band’s music to torment prisoners. Considering suing the Defense Department for using a Skinny Puppy song to torment detainees at the military base in Cuba.
Justice Antonin Scalia member of the U.S. Supreme Court: he would not be surprised if Americans were again imprisoned in concentration camps by federal government. Cited wartime “panic” as reason Americans accepted President Franklin Roosevelt’s hostile treatment of citizens.
UK government’s Health and Social Care Information Centre quietly announced plans to share all patient records held by the National Health Service with private companies, from insurers to pharmaceutical companies. How this information would be safeguarded is currently unknown.
Brazilian security forces are using undercover agents, intercepting e-mails, and rigorously monitoring social media to try to ensure that violent anti-government protesters do not ruin soccer’s World Cup this year. Demonstrations resulted in vandalism of banks and paralyzed parts of major cities.
In motions filed Monday in Dekalb County Georgia Magistrate Court, group argues that when Mark Harris refused to leave his home as police attempted to evict him at gunpoint, he wasn't criminally trespassing - he was standing his ground. 35,000 foreclosures in the state last year, the fifth-highest rate in the nation.
Food shortages, inflation, crime, Maduro blamed violent soap operas, warns broadcasters clean up content. Staples; cooking oil, chicken, flour, milk touch off mob scenes. Government price caps, rationing to prevent hoarding, price gouging. World’s largest petroleum reserves, gas prices, lowest in the world.
Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf turned down the proposal of her Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras to impose taxes on Greeks’ bank accounts and transfer the money to Athens. Amount of Greek deposits in Swiss banks is not clear,
Syrians who applied for refuge in Russia is over 1,200, Syrians seeking asylum in Russia rising. only granted to those who had sufficient grounds for it, mainly on humanitarian grounds, as Syria is unsafe place to live. 31 Syrian refugees out of 2.3 million allowed to come to the US.
The New York State Legislature could pass a bill, which would bar state financing for academic groups that have taken official action to boycott higher education institutions in Israel. State Senate has approved the bill and the State Assembly is about to vote on it.
The deputy director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy admitted Tuesday that marijuana was less deadly than alcohol, said marijuana was a dangerous drug even though it was not associated with deaths.
US National Security Agency likely collects intelligence on congressional lawmakers and members of their staff, a Justice Department official admitted at a committee hearing on Tuesday. Not first time members of Congress were given a clue their activities might be monitored.
UK media organizations have warned that if a government bill authorizing police to seize journalists' notebooks, photos and digital files is passed Monday, it could seriously endanger press freedom in the country. Police will be given acces to access to journalists' information without their consent.
Record number of Americans set free in 2013 after being wrongfully convicted of a crime. 40 of the freed were related to murder convictions. Almost 20 percent of all cases involved individuals who originally plead guilty to charges they were accused of, because they were offered a reduced sentence.
California-based Knightscope unveiled line of robots it believes will “predict, prevent crime withcombination of hardware, software and social engagement.”Resembles R2-D2 from “Star Wars .Laser to form a 3D map of the surrounding area. Cameras capable of scanning up to 1,500 license plates a minute.
A journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison by Saudi criminal court for “disobeying the ruler, claiming in televised remarks that the Saudi kingdom incites terrorism.Also accused of contacting an unnamed “enemy of Saudi Arabia at the time (2009) and receiving a suspicious sum of money from it.
Bahrain amended its 1976 penal code to carry a minimum one-year and maximum seven-year sentence, including a fine of up to US$26,000, for "publicly offending the king of Bahrain, its national flag or emblem,” state news agency BNA reported. Sentence could rise if “offense committed in presence of the king."
A bomb attack has killed at least nine Shia Muslims and injured 30 others in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar. 30 people severely injured. Attacks and bomb explosions killed hundreds of people across theregion over the past few months. Shias one-third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.
Top US officials warn France about a visit to Iran by a French delegation of 100 businesspeople seeking to explore business opportunities in Iran. Treasury sanctions official, warned companies or governments risk heavy penalties under United Nations, US or European sanctions if they expand trade with Iran.
Bangladesh opposition leader says at least 300 anti-government protesters killed or abducted by security forces during election violence in early January 2014. Forced disappearance of protesters become commonplace. Government sponsoring state run terrorism to wipe out opposition.
JBC News: United States and Israel working on a joint plan to occupy southern Syria, militant groups, which the US calls moderate opposition, will help occupy two regions in southern Syria then unite to create a security belt around Israel.
In the first month of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, retailers say they have collected $1.24 million in tax revenue. Likely will exceed a quarter of a million dollars a day, putting it on pace to near $100 million annually. took in $39.9 million in sales,taxes from alcoholic beverages in fiscal 2013,
A student group in Kiev placed the toilet there as a scathing commentary on allegations of corruption among government ministers Accusations against Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych that have fueled the demonstrations.
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO):Insects can be solution to world food crisis. Mixed reception, even in countries where insects traditionally considered a special treat. They believe beetles, crickets nourishing, cheap, could save mankind form hunger,social, economic problems.
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