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6 Whopping Government Misstatements About NSA Spying Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is among many government officials uttering misstatements in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Asia Edition - Latest News, Breaking Stories, Top Headlines From Asia - Joshua Trujillo/Associated PressPhotos of the Day: WorldBosnian cooks make stew for 14,000, millions of bees fall off a truck in Washington state, beer bellies are displayed in Germany, and more. Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsJean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant’s ‘The Pink Flamingo' (1876) Oil on canvasThe ‘Orientalists’ Orientalist art is having something of a comeback—at museums and among a new wave of North African and Middle Eastern collectors, who view the works as part of their heritage. R.A.Whiteside‘Tools: Extending our Reach’ A new book and exhibit, at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, showcases a range of helpful objects through history, dating from 1.85 million years old to today. François Nel/Getty ImagesRobot Jockeys Race Camels in Dubai Each year during the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival, camel owners (and their robot jockeys) from across the Persian Gulf go to Dubai to participate in a 13-day series of 350 races.

Northwest News » About Us English Through the News, Winter 2012 Northwest News is dedicated to producing a high-quality online newspaper specifically edited for use by adult literacy learners, while providing Bellevue College ESL students the opportunity to research and develop articles for an authentic purpose. Northwest News is published twice quarterly in the school year. There are 6 issues from fall to spring. There are three levels of language/reading difficulty.

Topics Main Overview Among all adults, the most closely followed local topics are weather, breaking news, politics and crime, all followed by a solid majority of two thirds or more. Slightly less popular topics but still with a fairly good following of about half or more are arts and culture, local businesses, schools and education, community and neighborhood events, restaurants, taxes and traffic. Fewer survey respondents follow local news about housing, local government activity, job openings, social services, or zoning. Roughly four in 10 adults or fewer follow these local topics.

Mission: Impossible 4 trailer featuring Cruise on Burj Khalifa leaked DUBAI // A pirated copy of the trailer for the latest Mission: Impossible film has made its way onto the internet, and includes scenes of Tom Cruise climbing and swinging from the Burj Khalifa. Dubbed in French and seemingly filmed on a hand-held camera in a cinema, the pirated trailer for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol can be found on In the trailer, Tom Cruise can be seen running from Dubai International Financial Centre as an explosion rips through the buildings. Later, he climbs up the glass facade of the Burj Khalifa before swinging on a guide line to crash through a window.

United Nations Global Issues - Home Africa As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. To its initial goals of safeguarding peace, protecting human rights, establishing the framework for international justice and promoting economic and social progress, in the six and a half decades since its creation the United Nations has added on new challenges, such as climate change, international terrorism and AIDS. While conflict resolution and peacekeeping continue to be among its most visible efforts, the UN, along with its specialized agencies, is also engaged in a wide array of activities to improve people’s lives around the world – from disaster relief, through education and advancement of women, to peaceful uses of atomic energy. This website offers an overview of some of these global issues, and links to other resources where you can get additional information.

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LINE 6 POD HD300 The Line 6 POD is as much a clas­sic line as the Gib­son Les Paul or the Fender Stra­to­caster. PODs are on thou­sands of record­ings and con­cert stages, and Line 6 is not a com­pany to rest on their lau­rels. The HD series takes the POD sounds we know and love, and rebuilds them from the ground up with even higher sound quality. PLUG IN, EXPAND YOUR…FIRMWARE The HD300 – as it comes out of the box – includes 16 amp mod­els, but a few days before the unit arrived for review, Line 6 announced a down­load­able firmware upgrade includ­ing six new amps and access to five new amp para­me­ters: sag, hum, bias, bias excur­sion and mas­ter vol­ume. The “hum” para­me­ter lets you actu­ally select between 50 and 60 cycle hum (depend­ing on whether you’re mod­el­ling the expe­ri­ence of play­ing in the USA or Aus­tralia – seri­ously), and vary the amount of that hum, from zero to “oh dear, that’s quite a bit of hum”.

Odd News, funny news, strange news Bobbi Kristina suffering from 'irreversible brain damage,' grandmother says Bobbi Kristina suffering from 'irreversible brain damage,' grandmother says Independent Media Center West Papua: Neglected genocide - 29 Nov 2013 Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. censorship Reader submission about a recent story that The National declined to cover, a story that happened "in its backyard": "This type of self-censorship is common at the paper, which is not serving its readership well. "In addition, the paper is said losing money at an alarming rate - its circulation has been frozen in place for several years now, and its employee-turnover rate is said to be ridiculously high. What is going on at The National?" The International Bar Association held its annual conference in Dubai this month, but the event, which is planned five years in advance, almost never happened.

BBC - Today Sometime in mid-July 1518, in the city of Strasbourg, a woman stepped into the street and started to dance. She was still dancing several days later. Within a week about 100 people had been consumed by the same irresistible urge to dance. Welcome to Fairtrade Fair Trade is a term that is often used and sometimes abused. Certifications, compliance and interpretations of what is fair vary greatly from country to country, industry to industry and company to company. We feel it is important to take a second and give you our perspective on fair trade. At Earth Divas fair trade is fundamental to everything we do. It is the basis of our business and our primary purpose for doing business. Our overall goal is to keep our expenses as low as we can, produce as many items as we can, and return all profits to the artisans that make our items.

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