Boycott of Brunei-linked hotels over anti-LGBT laws draws Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John

Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John say they are boycotting Brunei-owned hotels over the country’s implementation of harsh new criminal sentences.The penalties, based on Islamic law, include death by stoning for gay sex and amputation for theft.The boycott was kicked off by actor George Clooney last week, who admitted he’s stayed in some of […]

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Israeli spacecraft fails in attempted moon landing

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a throng of dignitaries and well-wishers looking on, a small Israeli spacecraft attempted to pull off the first privately-funded non-superpower moon landing Thursday, but the lander apparently crashed to the surface after engine trouble and communications glitches during the final descent. “We had a failure in the spacecraft,” […]

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A wave of employees at a French telecom giant died by suicide years ago. Now company officials are facing criminal charges.

The toll is shocking: 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight reported cases of serious depression among employees at France’s main telephone and internet company over three years. In a long-awaited trial in Paris, the former president of France Telecom defended himself Tuesday against accusations of moral harassment. Once a state-owned monopoly, France Telecom transformed […]

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Top defense official suggests Russia violating nuclear test ban treaty

A top defense official suggested Russia might have illegally tested low-yield nuclear missiles, effectively violating a 1996 international ban on nuclear tests.  Speaking Wednesday at the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said the U.S. believes Russia “probably is not adhering to […]

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