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  • Mega-raid nets 100 suspects and 85 weapons in Argentina
    Mega-raid nets 100 suspects and 85 weapons in Argentina

    Around 100 suspects were arrested and 85 weapons seized when police conducted dozens of simultaneous raids in Buenos Aires province, Argentine authorities said Saturday. The police operations Saturday also netted a reported 12 cars and 29 motorcycles, police body armor and drugs, as well as shotguns matching the type carried by Argentine security forces. Buenos Aires Province Governor Daniel Scioli, an ally of President Cristina Kirchner with aspirations to the presidency, on April 5 decreed the state of emergency in the province that is home to 40 percent of Argentina's 40 million people.

  • Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

    Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States. According to a court document filed in New York on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of the Fifth Avenue high-rise to families affected by alleged Iranian-aided attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The settlement marks the latest turn in a long-running battle over the 36-storey building owned chiefly by Alavi Foundation, a non-profit Persian and Islamic cultural center. Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said the decision "lacks legal justification and negates America's commitment to protecting its citizens' religious freedom." "Confiscation of the properties of an independent charity organization raises doubt about the credibility of U.S. justice," she was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

  • Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

    By Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula - a rare appearance outside central Damascus - also highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. Islamist fighters, including some from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had taken over part of Maaloula in December and held several nuns captive until releasing them in March in a prisoner-exchange deal.

  • Jourdan Dunn is the new face of Maybelline
    Jourdan Dunn is the new face of Maybelline

    British model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn has been chosen by Maybelline New York to be a spokesmodel for the cosmetics brand.

  • HTC has a secret weapon for taking on Samsung, and it’s not what you think
    HTC has a secret weapon for taking on Samsung, and it’s not what you think

    No matter how positive the reviews are for its products, HTC can’t seem to break out from behind the shadow of Samsung. Without a veritable army of devices flooding store shelves, it’s difficult for any phone maker to make an impact in the Android smartphone market. But HTC believes that by closing the gap on dedicated cameras, it can attract an even wider audience while trumping the competition. Speaking with Vodafone, HTC’s camera expert Symon Whitehorn said that the phone camera will continue to be a vital aspect of the industry’s growth and development. “As smartphones have become people’s primary camera, we expect more of them,” says Whitehorn. “That’s why we’ve put so much investment into the camera – because smartphone

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Family Vacation Pic
    Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Family Vacation Pic

    Your Daily Roundup of Celebrity Gossip & Star Shenanigans!

  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings
    Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

    By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.

  • Caught in the Act: Workers Collect Thousands in False Injury Claims
    Caught in the Act: Workers Collect Thousands in False Injury Claims

    Ex-Cop Vincent Lamantia allegedly lied about suffering from post-9/11 trauma.

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