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Buffet praises Bush and Obama for doing ‘the right things’ on finance

AFP – US billionaire Warren Buffet said the US economy is moving in the right direction and praised the policies of both president George W. Bush and Barack Obama as “the right things,” in an interview that aired Sunday. US stocks soared to new closing records Friday after a strong…

Utah soccer referee dies after being punched by teen player

A longtime youth football official who was punched in the face by a teenaged player in a match in Utah has died, the Salt Lake Unified Police Department said. The Unified Police Department said in a statement that Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City died Saturday night in hospital, where…

U.S. diplomat Greg Hicks revives controversy over Benghazi attack

A key US diplomat has sharply disputed the Obama administration’s initial account of an attack on a US mission in Libya that killed the US ambassador and three others, CBS reported Sunday. The US deputy chief of mission in Libya, Greg Hicks, told congressional investigators that, from the outset, the…

Syria says Israeli air strike ‘opens door to all possibilities’

Israeli strikes on Syrian military sites have opened the door “to all possibilities” and made the situation in the region “more dangerous,” Syria’s government said on Sunday. “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic confirms that this aggression opens the door wide to all possibilities,” the cabinet said in a…

Tea Party Express endorses ‘true fiscal conservative’ Mark Sanford

Though he lost the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee, former Gov. Mark Sanford picked up an endorsement from Tea Party Express on Saturday. The nation’s largest tea party political action committee urged conservative voters to support Sanford in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District on…

Britain’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament Nigel Evans denies rape charge

A deputy speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament said Sunday that allegations of raping one man and sexually assaulting another were “completely false”, adding that he had previously regarded both men as friends. Nigel Evans, 55, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, issued the denial a…

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blasts ‘devil’ Obama

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took a swipe at Barack Obama on Saturday, calling him the “grand chief of devils” after the US president declined to recognize his contested re-election. “Coming out of Central America, Obama let loose with a bunch of impertinent remarks, insolent stuff… He is giving an order,…

Mount Everest brawl exposes mountaineering’s deep rifts

A brawl on Mount Everest last weekend that shocked the mountaineering community stems from tension between elite climbers and growing commercial expeditions on the world’s highest peak, experts say. Italy’s Simone Moro and Ueli Steck of Switzerland, two of the world’s top mountaineers, accompanied by top British alpine photographer Jonathan…

Glenn Beck tells the NRA: ‘I will not comply’ with new gun regulations

Clutching the shattered shell of a policeman’s sidearm, conservative guru Glenn Beck warned the National Rifle Association that a tyrannical US government is bent on taking their guns away. More than 70,000 members of the nation’s premier gun rights organization have flocked to Texas for the NRA’s annual meeting, hard…

Saudi Arabia gives girls in private school permission to play sports

Saudi Arabia has given girls at private schools the right to play sport, the education ministry said Sunday, in a step aimed at easing restrictions on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The ministry directive published in Saudi newspapers says that private schools for girls have been told to “put into…

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