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Rape and murder of young woman sparks mass Twitter protest in Turkey

Rape and urder of woman in TurkeyThe murder of a woman who tried to stop a man raping her has sparked mass protests in Turkey and prompted women to share their stories of sexual harassment, violence and fear in a growing Twitter campaign.

Twenty-year-old student Ozgecan Aslan was traveling on a minibus in the south-east seaside province of Mersin on Wednesday when a man tried to rape her, according to local media.

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Binyamin Netanyahu facing damning expenses accusations ahead of elections

Netnyahu and wifeA damning official report into spending by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem and private seaside home has accused him of excessive and improper use of public funds, including spending huge amounts on takeaway food, hairdressing and cleaning..

Prepared by Israel’s state comptroller, Yosef Shapira – and passed to the country’s attorney general to consider whether any laws have been broken – the report is potentially highly damaging to Netanyahu coming only a month before Israel’s elections.

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Nancy Pelosi leads House delegation to Cuba

Nancy PelosiHouse Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi traveled with a congressional congregation to Cuba on Tuesday.

The trip is the first official House delegation to travel to the island nation since President Barack Obama announced late last year an easing of trade restrictions with the Castro regime.

“This delegation travels to Cuba in friendship and to build upon the announcement of U.S. normalization of relations and other initiatives announced by President Obama,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “This delegation will work to advance the U.S.-Cuba relationship and build on the work done by many in the Congress over the years, especially with respect to agriculture and trade.”

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Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken oil field burn victims

Bakken burn victimFlames seared the pants off Kyle’s legs as he raced across a bed of ruddy red rocks, screaming for help.

A pipe on a machine processing oil at high heat had burst, soaking him in methanol and sparking a fire.  “You could just feel it cooking my legs,” he said. “It almost sounded like chicken frying in an oiler.”

Hours later, Kyle woke up at Regions Hospital in St. Paul last month, after a 600-mile plane ride from the oil fields of North Dakota. His legs were burned so deeply that the bottom layer of skin would never grow back. It was the worst pain he’d ever felt.

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CSX oil-train blaze to burn out on its own

oilt train fireFires in and around the scene of a oil-train derailment in West Virginia will be allowed to burn out on their own, rail company CSX said.

CSX said it was working with federal, state and local agencies to determine the exact number of cars that derailed in Mount Carbon, W. Va., early Monday afternoon. The train in question consisted of 109 rail cars with oil from North Dakota among some of the cargo.

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Haitian Carnival float accident kills at least 20

haitian carnival float accidentAt least 20 people on a music group's packed Carnival float in the Haitian capital were killed Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line, officials said.

The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it.

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Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Immigration order haltedThe White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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Rhode Island Muslim School Vandalized In Hate Crime

Rhode Island Muslim school vandalizedA non-profit Muslim school in Rhode Island was vandalized with Islamophobic graffiti on Saturday, one day after holding a vigil for the three Muslim victims of the North Carolina shooting. The story garnered national interest after the Providence Journal posted a photo of the graffiti on Sunday.

The Islamic School of Rhode Island — which opened in 2003 as the first Muslim school in the state — had never been targeted by vandalization or serious threats before, the President of the school’s board of trustees told the Providence Journal.

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Lawmakers push for Obama to break seal on 9/11 pages

9/11 reportPresident Obama is coming under pressure from lawmakers to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 report that were blacked out when the document was first released to the public.

Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) are trying to whip up support for a resolution that would release those pages from the 2002 study, which have long been rumored to contain information about Saudi Arabia and its relationship to al Qaeda.

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