Outgoing AG Eric Holder stresses support for civil rights

EFE | Washington

Eric Holder, the first African American to serve as U.S. attorney general, said goodbye to his colleagues at the Justice Department on Friday with an emotional speech highlighting progress on civil rights, especially those of LGBT people.

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Obama defends U.S. intelligence community despite death of hostages

EFE | Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama defended Friday the "professionalism" of his country's intelligence community and said that those who are part of it will learn "lessons" from the operation that caused the death, in January, of two Western hostages in an operation against Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Bike ride for nuclear disarmament reaches New York

EFE | New York
Cyclists of various nationalities arrived at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday, three days after setting out from Washington on the Bike Away the Atomic Bomb tour.

Downey Jr. wants next Avengers flick to include Spider-Man

EFE | London
Robert Downey Jr. puts on the Iron Man suit for a fifth time in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and says he would do it again in a hypothetical future installment of the Avengers saga including the character of Spider-Man.

U.S. pressures EU over proposal for individual-country GM bans

EFE | New York
A senior U.S. trade representative said here Friday he is "greatly disappointed" by a European Union proposal that would allow individual EU countries to ban imported genetically modified food and animal feed even if the 28-nation bloc as a whole has approved them.

Nishikori, Ferrer reach Barcelona semifinals

EFE | Barcelona
Japanese defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory Friday over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, but David Ferrer and Pablo Andujar kept the home country's hopes alive with quarterfinal victories.

USGS looks to develop models for frequency, severity of man-made earthquakes

EFE | Washington
Earthquakes triggered by man-made practices have risen sharply in the United States since 2009, especially in the central part of the country, prompting the U.S. Geological Survey to outline a preliminary set of models to forecast the frequency and severity of future temblors.