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  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges
    Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he was booked on abuse of power charges Tuesday, saying he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

  • Islamic State vows to 'break the American cross'

    Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets. The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross" boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over "crusader" America. It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria. The latest footage speaks of a holy war between the al-Qaeda offshoot and the United States, which occupied Iraq for nearly a dacade and faced stiff resistance from al Qaeda.

  • Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia
    Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

    Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. "People hunt the pangolin like any other meat because the forest is often the only resource" for people in Gabon, more than 80 percent of which is covered by woodland, said Gaspard Abitsi, managing director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). At a local restaurant in Libreville, the pangolin is one of the stars on the menu. In Gabon, environmental groups are trying to convince villagers of the need to protect the pangolin.

  • Huge new iPhone 6 leak shows the device’s rear shell and front panel assembled for the first time
    Huge new iPhone 6 leak shows the device’s rear shell and front panel assembled for the first time

    OK, so we’ve seen the iPhone 6’s rear shell and its front display panel countless times by now. Nonetheless it’s still cool to see them finally together in a new set of leaked photos that give us our first glimpse at what the fully assembled iPhone 6 will look like. MacRumors has snagged some more photos from luxury retailer Feld & Volk that show the iPhone 6’s front panel attached directly to its rear shell, which marks the first time we’ve seen these two components assembled together like this. MacRumors comments that “it’s important to note that Feld and Volk’s images still depict unfinished iPhone 6 parts that are in rough condition, and Apple’s completed device will undoubtedly look even more polished.”

  • Live updates: Ferguson protests, Day 10
    Live updates: Ferguson protests, Day 10

    It was another episode of chaos and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night and early Tuesday as two people were shot and 78 people arrested — including some journalists — during clashes between police and protesters just hours after Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew in the hopes that National Guard troops could maintain order.

  • Indonesia hunts Spaniards missing in tourist boat sinking
    Indonesia hunts Spaniards missing in tourist boat sinking

    Indonesian rescuers Tuesday expanded their search for two Spanish men still missing after a tourist boat sank at the weekend, forcing survivors to swim hours to dry land and drink their own urine.

  • Battle of the boycott plays out in Israel, W.Bank shops
    Battle of the boycott plays out in Israel, W.Bank shops

    In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. Local products are flying off the shelves in the occupied West Bank while Israeli goods are being left untouched. Because of the Israeli war against Gaza, we stopped buying any Israeli products," said Salah Mussa, a Ramallah resident. Overseas, a Palestinian-led boycott campaign has seen growing success in recent years.

  • Debt collectors are now preying on other debt collectors
    Debt collectors are now preying on other debt collectors

    The debt collections industry in the U.S. is so under-regulated that even debt collectors are getting scammed by debt collectors. Here's how to respond when debt collectors call.

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