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Facebook stocks up for Google fight

WASHINGTON — As Facebook and Google jockey for dominance of the Web, the social networking titan’s $5 billion stock offering will give it a hefty warchest for the ongoing fight, analysts said. “It gives Facebook the ability to roll out more services,” Gartner technology analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “It’s going…

Deported Rwandan charged with plotting genocide

KIGALI — A Rwandan sought by the authorities in Kigali over the 1994 genocide and deported by Canada after a long legal battle, was charged Thursday with plotting genocide, incitement and distribution of arms. Leon Mugesera, who had been fighting his deportation to Rwanda for the past 16 years, asked…

U.S. lawmakers call for hearings on military hazing

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers Thursday called for congressional hearings into hazing in the US military while urging an end to “institutional” abuse that has led to suicides among soldiers. Representative Judy Chu, whose Marine nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, committed suicide in Afghanistan last year some 20 minutes after enduring severe…

Madonna’s guarantee: No half-time wardrobe malfunction

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Superstar singer Madonna promised no wardrobe malfunctions for her Super Bowl 46 half-time show, saying she has never worked so hard on preparing for a performance. The self-styled “Material Girl” promised she would not have a half-time clothing mishap such as the one that took place at…

Senate panel adopts new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — A key US Senate panel on Thursday adopted a sweeping package of tough new sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to freeze its suspect nuclear program amid escalating worries of a military confrontation. The Senate Banking Committee approved the harsh new measures by voice vote, without dissent, as part…

Data point to frail recovery in U.S. jobs market

WASHINGTON — The economic data is mostly pointing in the right direction, but the weak economy has kept hopes in check for a big improvement in the government’s labor report Friday. Analysts expect that a slowdown in job creation took place in January after December’s surge in holiday hiring, so…

Baghdad says U.S. Iran sanctions a problem for Iraq

BAGHDAD — American sanctions on Iran pose difficulties for Iraq because of its close economic ties with the Islamic republic, so Baghdad plans to seek a waiver from the US, the government spokesman told AFP. The United States, European Union and others have ramped up sanctions to target Iran’s oil…

Gaza protesters hurl shoes as UN’s Ban begins visit

UN leader Ban Ki-moon came under a brief shower of shoes as he entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday, hours after a barrage of rockets was fired from the territory into Israel. As the UN chief entered the Palestinian territory, protesters threw shoes, sand and small stones at his convoy, which…

Palestinians return ‘lost’ Israeli soldier to unit

An Israeli soldier who became separated from his unit during an operation in a Palestinian West Bank village was safely returned to his fellow troops by local residents, Israeli media said Thursday. The Israeli army confirmed that the soldier appeared to have gotten lost in the incident, but said they…

Sweden lawyers say Assange extradition request is valid

Lawyers for Swedish authorities told Britain’s Supreme Court on Thursday that a bid to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangefor questioning over rape allegations is valid. In his final appeal within the British legal system, Assange is resting his fight against extradition on the argument that the Swedish prosecutor who ordered his arrest in December 2010 was not…

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