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Pentagon claims “Russian aggression” against NATO

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2014

The comments by General Raymond Odierno came after a series of flights by Russian warplanes over international waters around Europe.

Judge backs Stockton, California bankruptcy plan ending retiree health care payments

By Jerry White, 31 October 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a restructuring plan that will eliminate health care benefits for 2,400 retired city workers and their families.

NSA chief calls for more “permeable” barrier between state and tech corporations

By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014

The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.

St. Louis police stock up on riot gear ahead of grand jury decision on Brown killing

By Ed Hightower, 31 October 2014

Police in St. Louis County spent $172,669 since August on tear gas, rubber bullets and other riot equipment.

Video shows “firing squad” police killing of Michigan man

By EP Bannon and Tom Hall, 31 October 2014

A recently-released video shows a group of Saginaw, Michigan police officers firing dozens of rounds at a 49-year-old homeless man.

Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2014

Israel has launched a major security crackdown in East Jerusalem following the shooting of a right-wing Zionist known for staging provocations at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Canadian government exploiting shootings to promote militarism, attack civil rights

By Roger Jordan, 31 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is using last week’s killings of two soldiers to shamelessly promote militarism and bellicose nationalism.

Australian data retention bill means mass surveillance

By Mike Head, 31 October 2014

The “metadata” bill, which orders the storage of vast amounts of phone and on-line information, is directed against the entire population.

Relatives of disappeared students confront Mexico’s president

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2014

At a meeting with Peña Nieto, relatives of kidnapped students voiced anger over federal government inaction.

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014

This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.