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Prominent Egyptian civil rights activist freed on bail

Sep 16, 2014

Prominent Egyptian civil rights activist freed on bail

Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a draconian protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bail. The release of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who has emerged ...

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Sep 16, 2014

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote draws a line under the issue that last ...

U.S. retailer apologizes for 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweatshirt

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. retailer apologizes for 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweatshirt

Hipster retailer Urban Outfitters apologized Monday for offering a one-of-a-kind Kent State sweatshirt with what appeared to be faux bloodstains recalling the 1970 student massacre at the university in Ohio. It pulled the $129 garment from the women’s wear section of its website after ...

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

Sep 16, 2014

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

A proposed sale of Israeli weapons — including drones — to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported Monday. The broadcaster said a Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware, including drones to ...

Sep 16, 2014

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist ...

Sep 16, 2014

New iPhone orders hit 4 million on first day, Apple says

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but ...