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U.S. captures al-Qaida leader in Somalia

In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but…

Fox hosts fall for hoax: Obama personally funding Muslim museum during shutdown

Chalk one up for life imitating satire. Fox and Friends host Anna Koolman was discussing the closure of the World War II memorial in Washington during the shutdown Saturday, and claimed “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” while allowing…

Congress ‘playing with fire’ on debt ceiling

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Sunday that Congress was “playing with fire” as Republicans raised the threat of a US default if President Barack Obama refuses to negotiate on spending. Speaker John Boehner said the Republican-controlled House would not raise the US debt ceiling without concessions from the White…

Brazilian police engage in massive urban ‘pacification’ effort as World Cup approaches

Police moved into a series of favelas in Rio de Janeiro Sunday, continuing a drive to pacify the poor neighborhoods despite a police brutality scandal that has raised questions about the tactic. Backed by Brazilian marines in armored vehicles, more than 1,000 police poured into a dozen slum neighborhoods in…

Greece vows to eradicate police links to neo-Nazis

Greece is determined to rid its police force of any links with Golden Dawn, the minister for public order said Sunday, after the arrest of officers with ties to the neo-Nazi party. Nikos Dendias said there should be “a total catharsis so that there is nothing suspicious that could cast…

Washington Post’s Milbank slams Obama for opposing ‘Redskins’ slur during shutdown

On CBS’s Face the Nation this morning, the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank upbraided the president for commenting on the name of the “Redskins” during a government shutdown. “I think it’s a fine point the president should not be making the middle of a crisis,” he said. PBS’s Gwen Ifill pointed…

California GOP convention promoting diversity mocks Hillary’s ’2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts’

The fall convention of the California Republican party promised to “rebuild the party from the ground up,” and includes many panels and roundtables that do indicate a break from the national party’s increasing fealty to its Tea Party elements. Panels at the convention include “Women on the Right,” “California Federation…

Few women waging war via ‘sex jihad’

The number of Tunisian women travelling to Syria to wage “sex jihad” by comforting Islamists fighting the regime is very low, a senior interior ministry official told AFP on Sunday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, seemed to play down previous government statements that suggested “sex jihad” was more…

TGI Friday’s employees allegedly put bacon in Muslim woman’s tea

A Muslim woman claims that employees at a TGI Friday’s in Garland, Texas added bacon bits to her iced tea order. According to a post by Nicole Queen on Facebook, she had received a chilly reception upon entering the establishment, and her waiter had not been pleased when she asked…

The film “Kill the Rapist?” explores women’s revenge fantasies

As India debates how to halt a rising tide of violence against women, two filmmakers are tackling the subject head on with a Bollywood movie called “Kill the Rapist?” The film was inspired by the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi late last year, which triggered…

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