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Netanyahu claims victory in party primary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in the primary of his rightwing Likud party over his sole rival, the hardline settler Moshe Feiglin. “I thank you for the confidence and the renewed support that you have given me,” Netanyahu told a party gathering before the official results were…

Oldest known croc had a shield-like head: study

The oldest known species of crocodile had an armor-plated head and a body half the length of a subway car, according to research released Tuesday by US scientists who identified the now-extinct creature. Nicknamed “Shieldcroc” for its impressive head plate, the aquatic reptile swam in the waters of Africa some…

Leave isolated Amazon natives alone, Peru says

Peruvian officials on Tuesday urged outsiders to stay away from isolated Amazon basin rainforest natives after pictures of “uncontacted” tribe members were published online. Mariela Huacchillo with the Peru’s office for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) told AFP that even indirect contact with the indigenous people could spread deadly viruses that…

China unfairly subsidizing auto parts exporters: U.S. industry

A US industry and union coalition accused China Tuesday of sweeping illegal subsidies to its auto-parts sector that threaten to destroy more than a million US jobs. Launching a campaign to press for trade action against Beijing, the Alliance for American Manufacturing and senior politicians said the Chinese subsidies threaten…

Pakistan helping Taliban: secret NATO report

The Pakistani security services are secretly helping Afghanistan’s Taliban, who assume their victory is inevitable once Western troops leave, a secret NATO document says, according to reports Wednesday. The leaked “State of the Taliban” report — seen by the BBC and The Times newspaper — was compiled from information gleaned…

Biden: ‘bin Laden is dead, and GM is alive’

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden spelled out a blunt reelection message for his boss President Barack Obama on Tuesday — “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Biden’s comment at a Texas fundraiser came as Obama stepped up his drive to claim credit for rescuing…

New audio tape sheds light on JFK assassination

WASHINGTON — Long-lost audio recordings of the aftermath of president John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been made public, captivating historians and stirring fascination about that fateful day. Almost 50 years after the November 22, 1963 assassination, a two hour and 22 minute reel was found among the personal effects of…

BP must pay some of Halliburton’s Gulf spill costs

WASHINGTON — A US court ordered British oil giant BP Tuesday to pay oilfield services company Halliburton for some of the claims stemming from the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a ruling in Louisiana on Tuesday, a federal judge ruled BP must “indemnify Halliburton for third party…

Anonymous super PAC campaign donors to be revealed

WASHINGTON — Anonymous donors behind shadowy “super PACs” that have shaped the 2012 Republican presidential race by funding a slew of attack ads, were finally to be exposed Tuesday, the deadline to release their financial reports. The PACs, or political action committees, numbered a total of 302 groups as of…

Google defends privacy plan to U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Google, facing pressure from US lawmakers over a new privacy policy, said Tuesday it remains committed to protecting consumer data as it creates a “seamless and easy” Web experience. The Internet giant sent a letter to lawmakers and posted comments on its public policy blog defending the changes…

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