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On Wednesday the popular community-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) will take its English-language site offline for 24 hours. The aim is to protest against two US anti-piracy legislation – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) – which are being debated by Congress. (more…)

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Thousands of grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) near Washington may need to be replaced because they contain misspelled names, and incorrect ranks and dates of birth and death, said a US Army report to Congress last week. (more…)

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The Obama administration has sidelined its efforts to close the Guantanamo prison (photo, from nytimes.com), making it unlikely that president Barack Obama will keep his promise to close thejail in Cuba  before the end of his term in 2013. (more…)

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A package of final changes to Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reforms has been approved by the US congress, with the US president daring opposition Republicans to try repealing the law. (photo from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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Same-sex marriages in the US might be about to become legal. Washington DC city council has voted in order to recognise same-sex marriages conducted in the other states of the country. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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A suspension of troops withdrawal after july, that’s what General David Petraeus, the top US military leader in Iraq, has recommended, in order to protect gains in Iraq.

Gen Petraeus and ambassador Ryan Crocker (photo) testified at the hearing, part of a two-day congressional session, to give an update on the Iraq “surge”. (more…)

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Legislation that would prevent the CIA from using interrogation methods like simulated drowning or “water-boarding”, has been vetoed by Georges W. Bush, said the US president.

He said the intelligence bill, passed by Senate and Congress, took “away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror.” (more…)

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