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Bike washed up in Canada maybe from Japan tsunami

A motorcycle that washed ashore on Canada’s west coast may have drifted across the Pacific after being carried out to sea by last year’s devastating Japanese tsunami, Canada’s CBC television reported. The Harley-Davidson, with Japanese plates from one of the hardest hit areas, was found on April 18 by beachcomber Peter Mark in acargo container on the Haida Gwaii islands…

Obama aide: Drone strikes are legal, ethical

US President Barack Obama has ordered more openness about the secretive drone war pounding Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, a top official said, mounting the firmest defense yet of the program. In a landmark speech on counter-terrorism “ethics,” Obama aideJohn Brennan insisted the program was legal, ethical, proportional and saved US lives. The top counter-terrorism official gave the most detailed justification…

Shooter at California religious college pleads not guilty

A Korean-American former nursing student pleaded not guilty Monday to killing seven people in a shooting rampage at a religious college in California. One Goh, 43 — who has refused to eat for several weeks — is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for…

Afghan protesters accuse NATO of killing 4 children

Hundreds of Afghan demonstrators on Tuesday accused US-ledNATO troops of killing four children during clashes with insurgentsin a southern Afghan town, officials and witnesses said. The protesters, who were carrying the bodies of four children aged eight to 12, blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway and chanted anti-US slogans, they said. A spokesman for NATO’s International Security…

Bin Laden complained of Al-Qaeda ‘disaster’

Osama bin Laden bemoaned “disaster after disaster” inflicted by the US onslaught on Al-Qaeda before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group’s name, a top US official said Monday. On the eve of the anniversary of bin Laden’s death, President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism aide John Brennan argued that a US drone campaign had…

Dutch roll out ‘cannabis card’ to stop pot tourists

Keen to stub out an era of dope tourism, the Netherlands on Tuesday starts restricting cannabis sales in the country’s south to residents only, despite opposition from pro-pot lobby groups. Famous for decades for its laid-back attitude to marijuana, the Netherlands will now require so-called coffee shops in some regions to only sell to…

Congress under the gun as ‘fiscal cliff’ looms

The United States is rushing toward a fiscal cliff that could kill the recovery, thrust the world deeper into crisis and “hollow out” the US military, yet there is doubt lawmakers can veer away from the ledge. For once, the problem is too little US government spending, not too much. At…

Microsoft counts on allies in mistimed tablet market

Microsoft is counting on friends to make it a hit later this year when it crashes a tablet computer party at which Apple has been the star ever since the launch of the iPad. The US software colossus turned a draining patent lawsuit withBarnes & Noble into a mutually beneficial alliance that could make…

Seven held over ‘drug and terror network’ in U.S. and U.K. probe

Anti-terror police in Britain arrested seven people Tuesday over the financing of overseas terrorism as part of a probe with US authorities into a network suspected of exporting the stimulant drug khat. Early-morning raids at home addresses in London, Cardiff and Coventry led to the arrests of six men and one woman in…

Rupert Murdoch ruled ‘unfit’ to run global company

Rupert Murdoch showed “wilful blindness” over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and is unfit to run a majorinternational company, MPs said in a long-awaited report Tuesday. The 81-year-old tycoon’s British newspaper wing, News International, also misled parliament during its inquiry into the scandal at the tabloid, which Murdoch closed down…

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