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Guantanamo tribunal weighs separate 9/11 trials

A special US military tribunal at Guantanamo is weighing whether to hold separate trials for five accused plotters of the September 11 attacks, a defense lawyer said. The men, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay, were formally charged earlier this month with crimes that include murder and terrorism. They…

Obama urges lawmakers to defend Wall Street reform

US President Barack Obama urged members of Congress on Saturday to defend Wall Street reform, arguing the recovering US economy cannot take the risk of lax oversight over the financial sector. “That’s why it’s so important that members of Congress stand on the side of reform, not against it,” the…

Decades after ‘unification’, Jerusalem is divided

Israelis this week mark Jerusalem Day, celebrating the “reunification” of the Holy City, but 45 years on, the contrast between quality of life in the Jewish west and the Arab east remain stark. The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel captured…

German metalworkers union wins 4.3% pay rise

Some 800,000 metalworkers in the German state of Bade-Wurtemberg won a 4.3 percent pay rise in marathon negotiations, their union said on Saturday, raising hopes that years of wage restraint are ending. The regional accord, the first to be signed in Germany this year, sets a benchmark for wage negotiations…

SpaceX scrubs launch to ISS over rocket engine

The California-based company SpaceX on Saturday scrubbed the launch of its Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station at the last second due to a rocket engine problem. The abort came a half-second before liftoff due to high pressure in the center engine of the Falcon 9 rocket, forcing a…

London Olympics 2012 torch relay starts in Britain

Yachtsman Ben Ainslie was the first torchbearer as the Olympic flame began its 70-day journey around Britain and Ireland on Saturday ahead of the 2012 London Games. With the Atlantic Ocean behind him at Land’s End, England’s most southwesterly point, the triple Olympic gold medallist waited while the flame was…

Support for British monarchy at ‘highest for decades’

Support for the monarchy in Britain is at its highest level for decades thanks to Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee and last year’s royal wedding, according to a new poll published on Saturday. Some 80 percent of Britons want to remain subjects of the queen, while just 13 percent are…

‘Cheerful and disorganized’ protesters take to Chicago streets

By Mira Oberman (AFP) CHICAGO — Thousands of NATO protesters took to the streets of Chicago Friday chanting “tax the rich!” and calling for an end to costly wars so governments can focus on providing social services. The protesters blocked traffic in the heart of Chicago’s financial district as the…

Romney tells NATO leaders he’d be a better partner

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney urged NATO leaders gathering in Chicago this weekend to consider him a more reliable partner than President Barack Obama, whose actions “undermine” the alliance. The presumptive Republican nominee accused Obama of diminished international leadership and orchestrating nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the…

Quebec passes law to restrict protests, ban wearing masks

MONTREAL — Authorities in Canada’s Quebec province passed emergency measures Friday to curb protest rights in a bid to restore order after months of sometimes violent student demonstrations over tuition hikes. The francophone province’s assembly passed a law after a marathon two-day session requiring groups of more than 10 people…

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