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Afghans angry at US soldiers who drove away in the night leaving rent unpaid

Only sign of huge US base is pile of rubbish and broken vehicles – and a festering land dispute in a volatile province US forces left behind piles of equipment, an unpaid rent bill and a festering land dispute that threatens to undermine the Afghan government when they moved out…

Former GOP candidate in jail after accusations he slashed rival’s tires

A man who ran for the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat is now in jail after accusations that he slashed the tires of at least one former rival, reported KOB Dec. 28. A police detective in Albuquerque told the news outlet that a surveillance video of a man…

S.C. State Rep. introduces bill to exempt state’s firearms from all federal regulation

Claiming that the federal government lacks the Constitutional authority to regulate firearms maintained within one state, a South Carolina State Senator has introduced a bill that would exempt the state’s guns, ammo and accessories from all federal regulation. The bill, called the South Carolina Firearms Freedom Act, cites the Ninth…

Swedish lawmaker resigns after racist antics caught on film

A Swedish lawmaker once seen as a future leader of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party announced Sunday he was quitting parliament and the party after a racist scandal. Erik Almqvist, 31, was one of three party officials caught on film hurling racist abuse at two men, arming themselves with iron…

Nobel medicine laureate Levi-Montalcini dies aged 103

Nobel medicine laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, a neurologist and developmental biologist, died on Sunday at her home in Rome aged 103. She was the oldest living Nobel laureate at the time of her death. Levi-Montalcini shared the prize with colleague Stanley Cohen in 1986 for their ground-breaking discovery of growth factors.…

Robbers take hostages after blasting into gem-cutting plant in Brazil

Robbers in Brazil blasted their way into a gem-cutting plant Sunday, fought a gun battle with police then fled with nine hostages, prompting a massive manhunt, officials said. Three of the assailants died in the assault in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, a military police official told AFP…

Talks at a standstill as fiscal cliff looms

Last minute talks stalled Sunday between top US political leaders aimed at averting a fiscal calamity due to hit within hours, as Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for a lack of progress. Top Democrats and Republicans groped for a compromise before a punishing package of government spending cuts and…

Italian women protest misogynist priest: Violence against women ‘an emergency’

Women in Carrara, Italy protested at Sunday mass against a misogynistic priest who suggested women incited domestic and sexual violence against themselves. “We decided to stage this protest because we think that this ideology is basically shared by most of the Catholic Church and society. This ideology has become one…

Dick Armey on $8 million FreedomWorks severance: I ‘couldn’t leave with empty pockets’

Former House Majority Leader and Tea Party favorite Dick Armey defended the huge payout he received for leaving FreedomWorks in an interview this weekend with ABC News, saying he, “couldn’t leave with empty pockets.” After an acrimonious rift developed between himself and others at FreedomWorks, Armey quietly resigned from the…

Boehner: Don’t blame GOP for fiscal cliff

US House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday warned President Barack Obama that he should not cast blame on Republicans for a possible failure to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” saying the president was equally responsible. “Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame,” the top Republican in Congress said…

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