Israeli planes bomb Syria

Israeli planes bomb suspected chemical weapons site in Syria
Israel launched an airstrike into Syria, apparently targeting a suspected weapons site, U.S. officials said Friday night. The strike occurred overnight Thursday into Friday, the officials told The Associated Press. It did not appear that a chemical weapons site was targeted, they said, and one official said the strike appeared to have hit a warehouse.

Bangladesh factory building collapse death toll exceeds 500
Engineer becomes ninth person to be detained over country’s worst industrial accident, as number of deaths climbs to 501

Bangladesh building death toll tops 500
The arrest on Friday of Rana Plaza consultant Adbur Razzak brought to nine the number of people held over the April 24 disaster, which has put the spotlight on the many Western clothing retailers who use Bangladesh as a source of cheap goods.

In pictures: Made in Bangladesh
The garment industry dominates Bangladesh’s economy – but its workers often toil in dire conditions.

Bolivia’s Booting of USAID ‘No Surprise’
President Evo Morales expels USAID from country following years of fomenting opposition

Number of names on U.S. counter-terrorism database jumps
The number of names on a highly classified U.S. central database used to track suspected terrorists has jumped to 875,000 from 540,000 only five years ago, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said.

‘Appalling irresponsibility’: Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains of influenza virus in veterinary laboratory
Experts warn of danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people.

Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?
The review comes amid growing pressure from lawmakers, consumer advocates, and others who are concerned about triclosan. Recent studies in animals have led scientists to worry it could increase the risk of infertility, early puberty, and other hormone-related problems in humans.

That Is What People Are Eating: Charges Dropped in First Ag-Gag Case
Utah prosecutors have abruptly dropped the case against Amy Meyer, the first person charged under the state’s – and possibly the country’s – so-called “ag gag” laws aimed at silencing critics of the often-horrific abuses at factory farms, after she filmed a slaughterhouse from the side of a road.

U.S. Poll: 29% of Registered Voters Believe Armed Revolution Might Be Necessary in Next Few Years
Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

U.S. Efforts to Block Democracy in Venezuela Harm Hemispheric Relations
The U.S. government stands alone among major world governments in refusing to recognize the results of the recent Venezuelan presidential election. The petulant position of the Obama administration harms U.S. relations across the entire hemisphere and feeds a scenario of violence in that Caribbean country.

Capriles Formally Contests Elections Before Venezuela’s Supreme Court
Representatives from the electoral campaign of ex-presidential candidate Henrique Capriles formally contested last month’s elections before Venezuela’s Supreme Court today.

Stealing Syria’s Oil: The EU Al-Qaeda Oil Consortium
The decision of the European Union to lift the embargo on Syrian government’s energy exports by importing oil from the ‘armed opposition’ is another flagrant violation of international law.

Syria Agrees: Obama’s “Red Line” on Chemical Weapons Is Also Our “Red Line”
As many news outlets continue to ask wrong questions, US public shows no appetite for another war

US plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan, authorities say
Emergencies ministry says military aircraft went down 100 miles west of US base used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan

Force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay puts pressure on Obama to close prison
UN condemns force-feeding of inmates, while lawyer claims drone strikes being used as alternative to detaining suspects

Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico
“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”

Clarence Thomas: Obama ‘Approved By The Elites’ Because He Says What They ‘Expect From A Black Person’

When asked about how he felt about the nation’s first black President, Barack Obama, Thomas said he always knew it would have to be a person who was “approved by the elites and the media” because if it was someone who they didn’t agree with, that person would be picked apart.

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