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Arab ministers to meet over escalating Syria crisis

Arab League foreign ministers will meet on Sunday in Cairo to discuss their next move over the Syrian crisis with the bloodshed showing no signs of abating, even spilling over into Lebanon. The Syrian National Council (SNC) said Arab recognition of the opposition umbrella group was imminent after Syrian authorities…

Europeans protest controversial ACTA pact

Tens of thousands of people marched in protests in more than a dozen European cities Saturday against a controversial anti-online piracy pact that critics say could curtail Internet freedom. Some 41,000 people rallied in Germany, including 16,000 in Munich and 10,000 in Berlin, against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which…

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin under investigation: source

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the colorful and controversial spokesman for the city after the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is under investigation by federal authorities, a source with direct knowledge of the probe said. The source told Reuters on Friday that several people linked…

Singer Whitney Houston dead at 48

Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston has died, says a report on ABCNews.com. The 48-year-old singer, daughter of gospel legend Cissy Houston, had struggled in recent years to repair a once squeaky-clean image sullied by public battles with drugs and alcohol, erratic behavior, and botched performances, as well as by a rocky…

Palin: let Republican presidential hopefuls fight on

Firebrand Sarah Palin told conservatives Saturday not to settle quickly on a Republican presidential nominee, but to let the candidates fight it out longer on the campaign trail. Palin, in a speech at a three-day conference of conservatives, urged Republicans to ignore those who insist “we have to name our…

Is Santorum ‘palling around’ with white nationalists?

An activist who critics call a “white nationalist” claims to have had dinner with Rick Santorum as part of the festivities surrounding the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, according to Talking Points Memo. Bob Vandervoort is director of ProEnglish, an advocacy group that hopes to outlaw U.S. classes or legislative…

Romney wins Maine caucuses

Mitt Romney has broken his recent streak of losses by winning the Maine caucus, according to a report on MSNBC.com. The former Massachusetts governor won 39% of the vote, closely followed by Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, who was three percentage points behind Romney at 36%. Rick Santorum took third…

Romney wins CPAC straw poll

Mitt Romney has won the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, according to a report on CNN’s Political Ticker. Romney had been the race’s presumed front runner for weeks, but a string of victories in midwestern caucuses has vaulted former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum into the lead in…

Obama urges Congress to extend payroll tax cut

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to quickly pass an extension of the payroll tax cut to prevent a tax increase on 160 million Americans. “Now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds to our recovery,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “Now is the time for common-sense…

Eight arrested in bribery probe at Murdoch’s Sun

Britain’s biggest selling newspaper The Sun was in crisis Saturday after police arrested five of its journalists over bribery allegations, but owner Rupert Murdoch vowed to keep publishing the tabloid. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) official, a member of the armed forces and a policeman were also arrested over allegations that journalists paid…

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