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Jan 15, 2014

New York City to pay $18 million to settle lawsuits over 2004 arrests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The city of New York announced on Wednesday that it agreed to pay close to $18 million to settle hundreds of federal civil lawsuits brought by people who claimed they were unfairly arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the first cases related to the convention arrests, said it is the “largest protest settlement in history.”

Dec 24, 2013

U.S.-India dispute puts spotlight on diplomats’ domestic workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A dispute between Washington and New Delhi over charges that an Indian diplomat overworked and underpaid a housekeeper she brought with her to New York has shone a light on U.S. efforts to investigate and prosecute allegations of abuse of foreign employees.

Even just a decade ago such a prosecution would have been impossible, according to advocates who work with victims of labour abuse and trafficking.

Dec 21, 2013

India applies to U.N. to try to solve diplomat crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – India asked the United Nations on Friday to accredit a New York-based diplomat who was arrested for visa fraud, in an apparent attempt to defuse a crisis with the United States over her treatment by U.S. authorities who strip searched her.

A U.N. spokesman said the organization had received an official request from New Delhi to accredit Devyani Khobragade as a member of India’s permanent U.N. mission in what seemed to be a move to give her a stronger form of diplomatic immunity.

Dec 18, 2013

N.J. stadium snow chutes, melters set for ‘coldest Super Bowl’ ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It would have to be the blizzard of the century but a wicked enough storm could shift the date of Super Bowl XLVIII, slated for February 2 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, game officials said on Wednesday.

Although the National Football League’s annual championship game has been held in northern cities in the past, this will be the first game to be played outdoors in a cold-weather venue. To pull it off, the league waived its rule that the average February temperature in the host city be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Dec 13, 2013

U.S. mayors say thousands of guns sold illegally online

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single U.S. website, according to a report released on Thursday by a group of U.S. mayors campaigning for gun control.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 12, 2013

Thousands of guns sold illegally online: mayors group

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single website in the United States, according to a report released on Thursday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The group, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 9, 2013

U.S. university drops claim Chinese dissident Chen was spied on

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York University withdrew its claim on Monday that a close supporter of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident affiliated with the university through this summer, had tried to spy on Chen by giving him an iPad and iPhone loaded with hidden spyware, saying it was a “misunderstanding.”

The spyware claims followed Chen’s accusation in June that NYU was making him leave the school as a result of pressure from China’s government.

Dec 3, 2013

Exclusive: Comrade of American held in N.Korea recalls friendship, stealth mission

By Jonathan Allen and Nicolas Medina Mora Perez

(Reuters) – In early 1953, Merrill Newman and Allen Hedges were among a small group of U.S. servicemen hunkered down on a tiny, frequently shelled island off the west coast of North Korea.

They had orders to never make the dangerous journey across the narrow strait of water onto the mainland. And so, Hedges said, they never did.

Dec 3, 2013

Exclusive – Comrade of American held in North Korea recalls friendship, stealth mission

By Jonathan Allen and Nicolas Medina Mora Perez

(Reuters) – In early 1953, Merrill Newman and Allen Hedges were among a small group of U.S. servicemen hunkered down on a tiny, frequently shelled island off the west coast of North Korea.

They had orders to never make the dangerous journey across the narrow strait of water onto the mainland. And so, Hedges said, they never did.

Nov 25, 2013

Special Report: How a Chinese dissident walked into America’s culture wars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In May 2012, Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident, was getting ready to journey to New York after his improbable escape from house arrest.

About a week before his arrival, an Evangelical Christian pastor from Texas and a New York University law professor took a walk in Central Park. They wanted to discuss the difficulties Chen might face as one of the most high-profile and sought-after immigrants to come to the United States in some time.