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Ron Paul: Racist newsletters had ‘some very bad sentences’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Sunday admitted that racist and homophobic newsletters published in his name called into question his management style, but insisted there were only eight offensive sentences. “I wrote a lot of part of the letter,” Paul told ABC’s Jake Tapper. “And I’ve never said I…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters return to Zuccotti Park

As many in New York turned their attention towards new resolutions in new places for 2012, “Occupy Wall Street” protesters enthusiastically returned to Zuccotti Park Saturday night. According to the New York Daily News, demonstrators knocked down barricades surrounding the park 90 minutes prior to midnight in a full fledge…

White House hopeful Romney on top in final Iowa blitz

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clung to a narrow lead in Iowa Sunday, two days before the heartland state casts the first votes of the 2012 election season. Romney’s massive campaign warchest and high-profile endorsements have fed his image as the candidate to beat in the state-by-state fight for the…

Long-awaited Facebook IPO looms in New Year

Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has deflected talk of going public for years but it looks like it is finally going to happen in 2012. “The Facebook IPO will be the biggest financial event in the tech industry for 2012,” Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff said, and one…

Aum ‘doomsday’ cult fugitive surrenders after 17 years on the run

A former member of Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult, which was responsible for the 1995 nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, was arrested Sunday after almost 17 years on the run, police said. Makoto Hirata, 46, turned himself into a police station in central Tokyo just 10 minutes before…

North Koreans urged to defend Jong-Un ‘unto death’

North Korea urged its people Sunday to defend new leader Kim Jong-Un to the death and vowed an all-out push for prosperity, in a New Year state newspaper editorial setting out policy goals. “The whole party, the entire army and all the people should possess a firm conviction that they…

Iran test fires missile during Hormuz war games

Iran successfully test fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile on Sunday during navy war games taking place near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a spokesman for the manoeuvres said, according to the official IRNA news agency. “This medium-range surface-to-air missile is equipped with the latest technology to combat radar-evading targets and…

Israeli officials slam Holocaust symbols at protest

Israeli officials on Sunday slammed ultra-Orthodox protesters who donned symbols of the Holocaust, including yellow stars, at a demonstration against “media attacks” on their religious community. “It’s shocking and terrifying,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told public radio on Sunday, a day after hundreds gathered to protest “incitement against the…

UPDATED: Powerful quake rocks Japan on New Year’s day

A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Tokyo Sunday as Emperor Akihito led Japan’s New Year celebrations by urging people to work together in rebuilding the nation from March’s quake-tsunami disaster. The tremor struck at 2:28pm (0528 GMT) with its focus deep at about 370 kilometres (230 miles), Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.…

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