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David Petraeus, the former CIA director, could face criminal charges, according to reports.

 David Petraeus, the former CIA director, could face criminal charges, according to reports. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

David Petraeus facing possible criminal charges – reports

General who quit as head of CIA after extramarital affair has been investigated over lover’s possible access to classified material The US justice department is reported to be weighing up criminal charges against David Petraeus stemming from an investigation of whether the former CIA director gave a lover access to classified information.

The New York Times on Friday quoted an unnamed official as saying prosecutors had recommended felony charges against the former general, who quit his CIA post in 2012 after admitting he had an affair with Paula Broadwell, an army reserve officer, while she was writing his biography.

The Associated Press later similarly reported that charges were being considered, quoting its own confidential source…………….

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Raif Badawi with his children in a picture supplied to Amnesty.

 Raif Badawi with his children in a picture supplied to Amnesty. Photograph: Amnesty

Raif Badawi has been given 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes to be carried out over 20 weeks

A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jeddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said.

The witness said Raif Badawi’s feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but his face was visible. He remained silent and did not cry out, said the witness, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity fearing government reprisal.

Badawi was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He had criticized Saudi Arabia’s powerful clerics on a liberal blog he founded. The blog has since been shut down. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 1m riyals or about $266,600………………..

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NAACP 

The office of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP was slightly damaged in a bomb attack on Tuesday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Police release sketch of suspected bomber of NAACP office

Investigators hunting balding white male aged around 40 as Colorado Springs attack condemned by staff and mayorLaw enforcement officials in the US have issued a sketch of a suspect in the bombing of the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Federal and local officials announced a $10,000 reward for information and released the image of a balding white man at a press conference on Friday.

An improvised explosive device slightly damaged the NAACP office on Tuesday, prompting a nationwide outcry and suspicion of a hate crime and domestic terrorism.Charge Thomas Ravenelle, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, declined to speculate about a motive. He said the case was a “bombing investigation” rather than a hate crime or terrorism. “I’m not going to be naive, I know what the NAACP means to some extremists in this country.”

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Opinion

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota.

 A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline in Gascoyne, North Dakota. Photograph: Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Indigenous people are the original caretakers of the land the pipeline would run through. But we haven’t been given a seat at the table

The Oceti Sakowin, the traditional name for my Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota peoples, are rising up to protect Mother Earth. We are mobilizing a resistance that could prove to be the game changer in the fight to stop the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and help shut down the tar sand projects in northern Alberta.

Our resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline and other tar sand infrastructure is grounded in our inherent right to self-determination as indigenous peoples. As the original caretakers, we know what it will take to ensure these lands are available for generations to come. This pipeline will leak, it will contaminate the water. It will encourage greater tar sands development, which, in turn, will increase carbon emissions.

As Oceti Sakowin people, we cannot stand silent in the face of the potential ecological disaster that the pipeline promises our homelands, along with our brothers and sisters of the Cree and Dene First Nations in Alberta, where this carbon-intensive dirty oil comes from. Our acts of resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline are a perfect example of us wising up to the ongoing modern colonialist game, and a proactive step toward protecting future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.

As indigenous peoples, as Oceti Sakowin, we were handed down the original teachings on how to live in balance with Mother Earth. We must see all aspects of life as related, to respect the feminine principle of creation and to maintain a sustainable relationship with the land. These tenets are antithetical to the extractive economy we are faced with today. The land, air, and water are commodified. Mother Earth is being drilled, fracked, clear-cut, and destroyed with such brutality. We are on the brink of climate catastrophe. In order to avoid drastic climate change, we need a moratorium on fossil fuel development and we need to invest in a zero carbon economy: our original teachings demand no less than this………………….

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