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"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy's]. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."

—Edward R (oscoe) Murrow (1908-65) American news anchor, broadcast journalist

 

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Sanctions on South Sudan generals 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:17:44 GMT 
    The UN Security Council imposes sanctions on six generals accused of fuelling the 18-month conflict in South Sudan, the world's newest state.


Egypt vows to pursue IS in Sinai 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:58:24 GMT 
    Egypt says its army will continue its offensive in the Sinai Peninsula until it is cleared of Islamic State militants, after clashes killed more than 100 people.


Afghan court spares mob killers 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:40:39 GMT 
    An Afghan appeals court quashes death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of a young woman in Kabul in March.


Pakistan train canal plunge kills 12 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:39:51 GMT 
    At least 12 people have been killed in Pakistan after a train carrying hundreds of soldiers derails and plunges into a canal.


Ex-PM sorry for bank crisis hardship 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:08:10 GMT 
    The former Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen apologises for "hardship and distress" caused by the Irish financial crisis, which began during his tenure.


French woman jailed for baby murders 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:53:54 GMT 
    A court in northern France sentences a woman to nine years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies between over a decade.


Colombia coca farmers boost output 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:20:55 GMT 
    Colombian coca farmers increased cultivation area by 44% last year for fear any peace deal may lead to eradication, the UN says.


Mexico police charged with torture 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:13:13 GMT 
    Seven Mexican police officers are charged with torturing witnesses of the Tlatlaya killings to allegedly force them to give false evidence.


Saudi prince to give away $32bn 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:40:40 GMT 
    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, says he will donate his entire $32bn fortune to charity.


Consider Syria IS strikes, MPs urged 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:03:26 GMT 
    MPs should consider allowing Britain to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says.


Mass evacuation after US derailment 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:13:45 GMT 
    More than 5,000 residents are evacuated in the US state of Tennessee after a train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire.


Jim Webb joins 2016 presidential race 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:49:30 GMT 
    Vietnam veteran and former US Senator Jim Webb launches his bid for president, joining other Democrats taking on front-runner Hillary Clinton.


More UK Tunisia dead are repatriated 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:21:52 GMT 
    The bodies of nine more Britons killed in the Tunisian beach attack arrive back in the UK on an RAF aircraft.


Housing benefit 'savings considered' 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:00:41 GMT 
    Ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save £12bn from the welfare bill, the BBC learns.


Irish singer Val Doonican dies 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:20:21 GMT 
    Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican dies aged 88.
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