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Europe seals deal to contain debt crisis

Europe sealed a last-ditch deal Thursday to fix its festering debt crisis, shoring up its bailout fund, pledging new funds for Greece and pushing banks to share the pain at a summit vital to the health of the global economy. After days of talks and two successive summits that dragged…

Padilla revives lawsuit against Rumsfeld for alleged torture

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Jose Padilla, the US citizen arrested in 2002 for an alleged “dirty bomb” plot, launched an action to try to revive a lawsuit over his alleged torture at an American naval base. Padilla, who is incarcerated at a high security jail in Colorado, previously sued in…

Supreme Court to decide health care case on Nov. 10

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court will decide on November 10 whether or not to take up the case of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law, court sources said Wednesday. The decision by the nine justices, to be made in closed session, could be made public that day or…

Marines to close brig that held WikiLeaks suspect

WASHINGTON — The US Marine Corps said Wednesday it will close a prison in Virginia that came under criticism for its treatment of a soldier accused of passing secrets to WikiLeaks. The commander of the Marine base at Quantico has recommended “that the pre-trial confinement facility be closed” as a…

U.S. diplomat suspended for book, blog with WikiLeaks link

WASHINGTON — The State Department has suspended a veteran diplomat for a book critical of US policy in Iraq and irreverent blog posts that included a link to a WikiLeaks cable, he said Wednesday. Peter Van Buren, a 23 year foreign service officer who worked in human relations, said he…

Outraged Brazilians ‘occupy’ downtown Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Around 150 Brazilian activists held signs with angry slogans in downtown Rio de Janeiro in an “Occupy Rio” protest inspired by similar demonstrations in Spain and the United States. “2012 Is the End of the Capitalist World,” read one sign. “Why is the world for everyone,…

Ex-Goldman director pleads not guilty to securities fraud

NEW YORK — Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta pleaded not guilty Wednesday to insider trading after giving himself up to the FBI, as the high-flying executive was caught in a growing Wall Street scandal. Indian-born Gupta is accused of leaking information to Sri Lankan-born old friend Raj Rajaratnam, a…

White House rejects report Obama aloof on Iraq

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday it was “utterly false” that President Barack Obama and his vice president had not spoken with Iraqi leaders for months before reaching a troop withdrawal decision. A report by McClatchy newspapers, citing US embassy logs, said earlier that Obama and Vice President Joe…

Ex-Abramoff lobbyist jailed for 20 months

WASHINGTON — A former US lobbyist was sentenced to 20 months behind bars Wednesday for his role in a multi-million-dollar inducements scandal that brought down disgraced Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Kevin Ring, who worked with Abramoff, was convicted for his role in a scheme to corrupt public officials by illegally…

HPV vaccine can prevent most anal cancers: study

WASHINGTON — A vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease HPV, which can cause cervical cancer in women, has also been shown to prevent most anal cancers in gay men, an international study said Wednesday. Men who were vaccinated against human papillomavirus developed 75 percent fewer anal lesions that lead to…

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