An explosion rocked the East Village Thursday afternoon, critically injuring at least one person. The blast tore through 125 Second Ave. near St. Mark's Place about 3:20 p.m. "This is being considered a major emergency," an FDNY spokeswoman said. Investigators suspect the blast was caused by a gas leak at the Sushi Park restaurant on the ground floor of 121 Second Ave. read more
The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials. With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering apart, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of U.S.-donated small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers. read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: care more about climate change, and less about legalizing marijuana.
Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy.
Jeffrey Goldberg: France's 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country's population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. ... One of the least surprising phenomena in the history of civilization, in fact, is the persistence of anti-Semitism in Europe, which has been the wellspring of Judeophobia for 1,000 years. read more
Sao Paulo (AFP) - About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against leftist President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.
Hundreds of thousands march to ask Brazil president's ouster Associated Press
Mass Protests Across Brazil Reflect Anger at President The Wall Street Journal
Nearly a million protest Brazil's president, economy, corruption Reuters
Hundreds Of Thousands March To Protest Brazil's President Huffington Post
Brazil marchers hit streets to support Petrobras, president Associated Press
Many called for the impeachment of Rousseff, less than six months after she was narrowly returned to power in the most bitterly fought presidential race since the end of a military dictatorship in 1985.