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Davos: World bosses gloomy about year ahead

DAVOS, Switzerland — Business leaders are gloomy about prospects for the world economy, according to a major survey of international chief executives released on the eve of the Davos forum. A survey of 1,258 bosses by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum of the global…

U.S. ‘seriously concerned’ about Tibet violence

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it was “seriously concerned” by reports of deadly clashes in Tibetan regions of China, where police are accused of opening fire on peaceful protesters. “We urge the Chinese government to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives as…

Iraq hits out at Turkey as ties worsen

BAGHDAD — Baghdad hit out on Tuesday at alleged Turkish provocations after Ankara said it would speak out if sectarian conflict erupted in Iraq, in a dramatic worsening of tensions between the two neighbours. Despite improving ties and increasing trade between the pair in recent years, the rhetoric between Iraqi…

U.S. praises Egypt’s decision to lift state of emergency

WASHINGTON — The United States Tuesday praised Egypt’s decision to lift a decades-old state of emergency and hand power to the parliament as “major steps toward the normalization of political life.” But Washington was still seeking clarification of “a little footnote” to the announcement by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who…

Romney: Obama will ‘divide our nation’ with State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama hasn’t even given his State of the Union address yet, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already accusing the president of using the speech to “divide our nation.” Speaking to supporters at a factory in Tampa, Florida Tuesday morning, Romney stood underneath a sign that read…

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker believes food contains human fetuses

An Oklahoma lawmaker is convinced that some food coming into his state contains portions of human fetuses. According to the KGMG talk radio, state Sen. Ralph Shortey (R) has filed a bill that bans foods or products using aborted human fetuses. “There is a potential that there are companies that…

Why the light bulb obsession?

Introducing this video, Atrios says: And bring back New Coke!!! Of all of the recent mostly pointless wingnuttery, the lightbulb fixation has been the most amusing/bemusing. What makes the lightbulb thing the bestest of current wingnut obsessions is that it’s a perfect summation of what makes up the modern wingnut.…

Gingrich threatens to boycott debates without applause

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday warned that he might not participate in future debates if moderators didn’t allow his fans to cheer. NBC News had asked the audience at Monday night’s debate in Florida to hold their applause until the commercial breaks — and Gingrich was perceived to…

WSJ reporter compares State of the Union seating to ‘date rape’

Stephen Moore, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, made a peculiar analogy Monday evening during a televised discussion of the bipartisan seating arrangement at tonight’s State of the Union address. While Fox Business Network’s Andrew Napolitano seemed frustrated by the seating, Moore decided to go in a wholly different…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to launch political talk show

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will host a new political talk show that focuses on power brokers, revolutionaries and where the world goes next, the anti-secrecy website announced on Monday. The half-hour show will see an initial run of 10 once-weekly episodes, beginning in March. “Assange will draw together controversial voices…

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