Web inventor: Snowden 'should be protected'

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (The Local) Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and others like him play an essential role in exposing abuses and should be protected, not punished, the founder of more…

Norway produces 1st-ever halal reindeer meat

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (The Local) A specialist abattoir in northern Norway has slaughtered the country's first ever halal reindeer meat, with a view to selling it to top-end restaurants as far more…

MSNBC's Alter: Release prisoners to honor Mandela

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Newsbusters) On Thursday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC political an analyst Jonathan Alter played the liberal caricature by actually suggesting that, in light of former South African President Nelson Mandela's passing, more…

House hearing announced on jailed American pastor

by Michael Carl -- [ooyala code="E1YWM1aTpt6tckdTNyaMaEXX-wjnTrep" player_id="29c9fd42b6564348812f1c7d4ff9252d"] A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold a hearing Dec. 12 on the status of jailed American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been held in more…

Obama credits Mandela with own transformation

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (LOS ANGELES TIMES) WASHINGTON — A somber President Obama paid tribute Thursday to the man he credits with his political awakening, saying Nelson Mandela’s dignity and sacrifice “transformed South Africa and more…

Metals in your smartphone may be irreplaceable

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (ArsTechnica) A few centuries ago, there were just a few widely used materials: wood, brick, iron, copper, gold, and silver. Today's material diversity is astounding. A chip in more…