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Prosecutor who accused Argentine president of bombing cover-up found dead

alberto nismanA special prosecutor who had accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects as part of a cover-up in the investigation of a deadly 1994 attack has been found shot dead, authorities said Monday.

Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify Monday in a Congressional hearing about the bombing of a Jewish center — in which 85 people were killed — was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday, federal prosecutor Viviana Fein told Telam, Argentina's official news agency.

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ISIS Goes Medieval on Gays

ISIS kills gaysHere are images that pious Muslims ought find more “offensive” than those of the Prophet Mohammed.

High above the Iraqi town of Mosul, masked members of the Islamic State throw a man off a building ledge. A crowd below gawks like spectators at a sporting event. They listen intently as a masked jihadist, his face covered by a balaclava, reads out the accused's sentence like a carnival barker. For committing the eternal crime of the “people of Lot”—a Koranic euphemism for sodomy—the doomed man will he hurled to death. In the last photo, his corpse is splayed out across the wet concrete.

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Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

iran general killedAn Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed Monday, as thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah gathered to bury one of six fighters killed in the same raid.

The attack on Sunday near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights enraged Hezbollah's supporters, but analysts said the group would avoid a major escalation with Israel.

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'Friendship Nine' to be cleared of civil rights sit-in crimes

Friendship nine  clearedFifty-four years after nine young black men became the first U.S. civil rights protesters to serve jail time for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, surviving members of the group will return to a South Carolina courtroom this month to be exonerated of their crimes.

Their "jail, no bail" strategy helped galvanize the fight against racial inequality in the South and became a model for other protesters. But the "Friendship Nine," as the men became known, endured personal hardships for taking the bold stand.

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Miss Lebanon's selfie with Miss Israel stirs up controversy in Middle East

miss lebanon selfieWhat started as a selfie with several Miss Universe contestants on a tour of South Florida has blown into a political storm.

Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is facing backlash back home after she posed for a picture snapped by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.

Matalon posted the photo to Instagram on Jan. 11 of herself next to Greige, along with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan. The picture shows the four smiling beauty queens in Miami with the caption "Good morning from us!"

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Islamic State presence confirmed in Afghanistan

isisThe Islamic State terrorist organization has been confirmed to be operating within Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, a commander of the Afghan army, said the group has been attempting to recruit soldiers, but also stated the Afghan army was prepared to deal with any enemy.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse said the Taliban rejected the claim, saying "all mujahideen [self-declared holy warriors] fight under one flag."

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Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

pope francisConservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

For months, Francis has been drafting an encyclical on the environment and global warming which he hopes to release by June or July. Encyclicals are written with the help of a small group of advisers working under strict secrecy. But in a news conference as he traveled last week to the Philippines, Francis gave his strongest signal yet of the direction he'll take.

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Labor can't 'sit on the sidelines' of racial justice fight, AFL-CIO says

Unions and raceOver the weekend, unionists from all over the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, organized by the American labor federation AFL-CIO.

For a struggling labor movement, the event is a crucial opportunity to forge bonds with other burgeoning social movements.

The Martin Luther King conference has taken place over Martin Luther King weekend for around two decades, but this year’s event comes at an especially pivotal moment for the AFL-CIO and organized labor more generally.

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Richest 1 percent to own more than rest combined: report

One percent own everythingThe income gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America widened to a record last year, new analysis has found.

The top 1 percent of U.S. earners collected 19.3 percent of household income in 2012, their largest share in Internal Revenue Service figures going back a century.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for almost three decades. But until last year, the top 1 percent's share of pre-tax income had not yet surpassed the 18.7 percent it reached in 1927, according to an analysis of IRS figures dating to 1913 by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics and Oxford University.

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