Obama orders US to review aid to Egypt

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Egypt's military to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government without delay, but stopped short of calling the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi a coup d'etat.

Egypt: Qatar’s Al Jazeera raided, Muslim Brotherhood media off air, employees arrested

Egyptian Security forces have broken into the studios of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr and have locked up its employees inside, shortly after the arrest of crews of Islamic TV channels. Shortly after the military announcement of the ouster of Islaimst president Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood-owned television channel Misr 25 went off air along with several other Islamist-run channels, including the controversial Hafez and Al-Nas. The police also arrested some of the personnel working for these channels.

Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anticipatory anxiety

Researchers have found that a lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. People who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation—and may benefit substantially from sleep therapy.

‘Modern slavery’ in England is a prevalent problem for refugees and asylum seekers

The first evidence of widespread ‘modern slavery’ in England for refugees and asylum seekers is revealed in a study published today.

Belgium’s King Albert II unexpectedly abdicates and makes precedence

His Majesty the King Albert II of the Belgians, the modest, self-effacing Sovereign of the Belgians, addressed the nation at 1600 (GMT) on Wednesday and announced that he is to official abdicate on 21 July, Belgium's National Holiday, in favour of his son Filip after two decades at the helm of the tiny country torn between its French and Flemish speaking halves. At 53 years of age, Crown Prince Filip is to become the 7th king of the Belgians. He was poised to succeed his father sooner or later, but it was not really expected that his father would abdicate from the throne. Belgium has no real tradition in this respect. King Albert's decision to step down is the first abdication in the history of Belgium, follows in the footsteps of Dutch Queen Beatrix, who abdicated in January. The country gained independence from the Netherlands in 1831. Prince Filip will take the oath of allegiance to the Belgian Constitution on the same day as the abdication before a meeting of both houses of parliament.

Norway’s Refugee “Exception” Loophole grants Snowden’s Request Re-evaluation

Edward Snowden's limited option has now a silver lining courtesy of the Vikings and the King of Norway. The 4.6 million populated nation which has the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, even beating China, and its fierce love for independence, culture of equality and rights, may give Edward Snowden something soon to smile about as directly told The Santos Republic today by those involved in assisting him.

Edward Snowden: I am unbowed in my convictions (Full Text)

Edward Snowden released a statement today via Wikileaks.

PayPal Galactic offers interplanetary payment options

With the help of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and Buzz Aldrin, PayPal launched the PayPal Galactic Initiative. They are starting now to position themselves as the payment option of choice for the interplanetary society of the future.

19 surveys show US population is made up of totally clueless Sheeple

Even though we have more access to information today than ever before, it seems like the U.S. population just keeps becoming more ignorant. So at what point does a society become so “dumbed-down” that it can no longer function effectively?

Brzezinski: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, their western allies orchestrated Syria crisis

The former US national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, says the ongoing crisis in Syria has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their western allies.

Egyptians, Army give ultimatum for Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood to quit in 48 hours

The Egyptian Tamarrod (disobedience) movement, which had collected more than 22 million signatures, together with the Army, has set a 48 hr deadline for President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to cede power, following the latest spate of deadly violence in mass of hundreds of thousands anti-government protests nationwide.

Nine Egyptian MPs resign to support 22 million anti-Morsi, anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters

Secular members of Egypt's Shura Council (upper house of parliament) said they were resigning from the council in support of 22 million Egyptians who want to topple US-funded President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.