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Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt

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A protester holds a sign depicting Egyptian-British Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour outside the criminal court in Berlin on June 22, 2015

German authorities decided Monday to release Al-Jazeera correspondent Ahmed Mansour, his channel said, two days after detaining him at the request of his native Egypt in a move that sparked outrage from media and rights groups. “We welcome this decision by the German prosecutor,” said Al-Jazeera spokesman Hareth Adlouni, adding that all charges had been dropped against 52-year-old Mansour, one of the best known TV journalists in the Arabic world. Supporters and journalists massed outside the Berlin prison where the journalist was being held, as German national news agency DPA also reported that German prosecutors had decided to reject the …read more

U.S. top court rules for California farmers over government raisin program

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File photo of the U.S. flag flying in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in favor of California farmers challenging a Depression-era federal program that requires raisin producers to put aside a proportion of their crop without guaranteed compensation. In an 8-1 decision, the court said the program constitutes the taking of property without compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said the government should pay Marvin and Laura Horne, who run Raisin Valley Farms in California, the market value of the raisins and relieve them of the fine that was imposed.

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Bosnia asks Swiss to hand over wartime defender of Srebrenica

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Bosnian Muslim Oric sits in courtroom of ICTY as he waits for judgement on his appeal in The Hague

Bosnia asked Switzerland on Monday to hand over the wartime Muslim defender of Srebrenica and not extradite him to Serbia, in a row that threatens to overshadow the 20th anniversary of the massacre. Naser Oric, a hero to many Bosnian Muslims, was arrested by Swiss police last week on a warrant issued in 2014 by Serbia accusing him of war crimes against Bosnian Serbs in the Srebrenica region during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. A Bosnian army commander at the time, Oric was in charge of organizing the defense of Srebrenica, a designated United Nations “safe area”, from Bosnian Serb forces.

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PM Renzi’s popularity drop dims Italy’s reform prospects

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Italian PM Renzi gestures during the news conference at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan

By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s drive to reform one of Europe’s most sluggish economies is being threatened by a sharp drop in voter support amid repeated corruption scandals and an immigration crisis. Renzi’s personal popularity has dropped 33 percentage points over the past year, according to pollster Demos, despite a tentative return to growth after three years of recession. The fast-talking 40-year-old toppled his predecessor in a party coup 16 months ago, promising to put a new face on tired, corrupt Italian politics and shake up inefficient institutions.

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Obama, on podcast, says of racism: ‘We’re not cured of it’

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Obama speaks at Mayors Conference in San Francisco

U.S. President Barack Obama, in a podcast posted online on Monday, used the N word to emphasize his point that the United States has made progress in eliminating racism but there was still more work to do. Obama discussed race and gun control as part of the hour-long podcast interview, in the aftermath of the shooting deaths a week ago of nine black people at a church in South Carolina, allegedly by a 21-year-old white man with racist sentiments. “I always tell young people in particular: ‘Do not say that nothing’s changed when it comes to race in America unless …read more

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