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Trial postponed for ex-CIA officer in defense leak case

The trial of an ex-CIA officer accused of disclosing confidential information of a secret operation against Iran to a US journalist has been postponed after the government Friday removed two witnesses in the case. A US docket entry on the case of Jeffrey Sterling, after a closed-door meeting at a…

Police arrest dozens in anti-Wall Street protests

US police arrested some 50 anti-Wall Street protesters across the country, but New York backed off plans to evict an unauthorized camp in the Financial District. Most arrests were on Friday in the western United States, where the protests spread from New York. In Denver, 23 people were detained, Sergeant…

Ex-warlord emerges as kingmaker after Liberian vote

Notorious ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who was filmed ordering his men to cut off the ears of dictator Samuel Doe two decades ago, has emerged as a surprising kingmaker in Liberia’s presidential election. Placing a strong third with half the polling stations tallied, the 59-year old former rebel leader looks like…

Miscommunication caused U.S. drone deaths: report

A US Marine and a Navy medic were killed by a US drone strike in April because Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, the Los Angeles Times reported. The two men were the first US military officers to be killed in a friendly fire incident involving unmanned…

U.S. drone strike kills son of the ‘blind sheikh’

WASHINGTON — A US drone strike on Friday killed the son of an Egyptian cleric tied to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, US-based monitors said, citing a militant group. Ahmed Omar Abdul Rahman, son of the blind sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, was killed Friday on the “frontlines” in Afghanistan,…

Rick Perry: U.S. is ‘the Saudi Arabia of coal’

WASHINGTON — Fading Republican 2012 candidate Rick Perry pledged Friday to unleash a new economic boom by throwing open land and seas to oil drilling and tapping America’s status as the “Saudi Arabia of coal.” The Texas governor tried to revive his presidential campaign with the first of a series…

Obama sends 100 combat troops to Uganda

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Friday he is sending 100 combat troops to central Africa to help and advise forces battling Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels accused of rape, murder and kidnapping. The US troops, subject to the approval of national authorities, could deploy in Uganda, South Sudan,…

Israeli soldier Shalit to be returned home by Thursday

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit is to return to Israel on Tuesday at the same time as 450 Palestinian prisoners are freed if the terms of a swap deal are respected, a senior Israeli official said on Friday. “We hope that the timetable laid out in the agreement will be respected…

Philippines designer turns into ‘surgical Superman’

Superman lives in the Philippines, if you ask Herbert Chavez, a fashion designer who has had plastic surgeons turn him into a near-replica of his comic book hero. During work hours, the bespectacled Chavez wakes up late and designs dresses, but in his free time the 35-year-old dons his self-made cape and…

Tokyo radiation caused by ‘old radium bottles’

A Tokyo radiation hotspot was not linked to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japanese authorities concluded Friday after finding old containers of radium powder likely used for luminous paint. As researchers carry out more stringent tests to map how far contamination has spread from the crippled Fukushima atomic power plant, local…

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