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Al Qaeda operative captured in Libya brought to U.S. to face trial

A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect who was snatched from Tripoli by US commandos and interrogated on an American warship, has been brought to New York to face trial, a prosecutor said Monday. Anas al-Libi arrived in the United States at the weekend and was brought directly to New York, where he…

Small boy drowns aboard Carnival cruise ship near Miami

A family trip turned tragic as a six-year-old boy drowned in a pool aboard a Carnival cruise ship with his brother nearby, the company said Monday. “Yesterday, October 13, on board the Carnival Victory, while the ship was at sea on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise, a…

Nobel Economics laureate Robert Shiller: U.S. default ‘not the end of the world’

Nobel Economics laureate Robert Shiller, who on Monday shared the prize with two other economists, said he does not expect to see the US default on its debt. The Yale University professor said he was getting out of the shower and was not properly dressed when he heard by telephone…

Amar Kaleka, son of slain founder of Wisconsin Sikh temple, to challenge Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will face a new challenger in next year’s congressional election: Amar Kaleka, the son of one of the men murdered by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin last year. Kaleka’s father, Satwant Singh Kalekah, was the temple’s founder, and his father’s murder galvanized…

Here is what happens if we don’t raise the debt ceiling by October 17

The US Treasury says that from October 17 it will not have enough cash on hand to pay its bills unless the Congress increases the $16.7 trillion cap on its power to borrow more money. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says it will have only $30 billion on hand, no more…

Amnesty International: Egypt used live ammo against protesters

Egyptian security forces used live ammunition on October 6 to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were also attacked by men with firearms and swords, Amnesty International said Monday. At least 49 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Cairo alone as security forces used “excessive and unwarranted…

UK environment secretary slams ‘wicked’ foes of genetically modified golden rice

People who oppose golden rice, a new variety of GM crop, are “wicked” and could be condemning children in developing countries to blindness and death, according to the British environment secretary. In an emotive intervention into the polarised debate about genetically modified crops in poor countries, Owen Paterson, a known…

Kentucky representatives implicated in sex scandals both claim harassment was fault of victims

Another lawsuit has been filed in the case of an embattled state representative in Kentucky. In September, state Rep. John Arnold (D) resigned after two women filed ethics charges against him for sexual harassment which, they claimed, had gone unchecked for years. Yolanda Costner, one of the complainants, said that…

Israel says easing pressure on Iran a ‘historic mistake’

Easing pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme would be an “historic mistake,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday, a day before world powers resume talks with Tehran. “It would be an historic mistake to ease up on the pressure now, a moment before the sanctions achieve their…

Big-spending German ‘bling bishop’ faces grilling from Pope Francis

A German big-spending Catholic bishop has flown to Rome to try and explain himself to humility advocate Pope Francis as he faces multiple calls to resign over his high-roller lifestyle. Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst flew in with low-cost airline Ryanair — following accusations he took a business-class ticket…

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