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Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at new Iranian president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, saying that he shared his hardline predecessor’s aim of destroying the Jewish state. “The president of Iran said the day before yesterday (Friday) that Israel is a wound on the body of Islam,” Netanyahu’s office…

Detroit workers fear city’s bankruptcy could wipe out their pensions

Thousands of pensioners already struggling to get by are afraid they will be pushed into poverty if the city of Detroit is able to slash their benefits in a bankruptcy court. Retired fire chief Jerry Franklin Smith spent 39 years battling blazes in a city filled with abandoned buildings and…

Newsweek sold to all-digital news publisher IBT Media

The once-influential US publication Newsweek is being sold to the all-digital news publisher IBT Media, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed as the transaction is expected to close “in the coming days,” the IBT statement read. IBT Media is acquiring Newsweek and the publication’s online operations…

Lesbian candidate struggles to win women’s vote in New York mayor’s race

By Francesca Trianni NEW YORK (Reuters) – At Cubbyhole, a popular New York lesbian bar, for every two revelers who praised City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, in her race to become the city’s first woman and first openly gay mayor, one complained about her style and political policies. “Just because…

NRA opens Midwest museum showing nearly 1,000 firearms

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The National Rifle Association has opened an elaborate museum in the American Midwest, displaying nearly 1,000 firearms, including those used by French Emperor Napoleon and Hollywood cowboy star John Wayne, along with subtle reminders of the campaign for the right to gun…

Mexican president released from hospital after thyroid surgery

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto left hospital Saturday saying he felt fine after undergoing surgery to remove a thyroid nodule and he hoped to fully return to work next week. “I feel very good, and very encouraged,” the 47-year-old leader told journalists as he exited the military hospital. He appeared…

Protest over Taiwanese military conscript’s death draws 100,000

More than 100,000 Taiwanese people took to the streets Saturday in protest over the death of a young conscript who was allegedly abused in the military. Singing a Taiwanese take on the revolutionary song “Do you hear the people sing?” from the hit musical “Les Miserables”, protesters rallied at a…

Federal grand jury investigating contractor that vetted Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The company that conducted the most recent security review of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into its background check processes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people involved with the probe. Federal prosecutors and…

Mexico investigating alleged reappearance by drug lord thought to be dead

Three years after Mexican drug lord Nazario Moreno was declared dead, doubts abound about his demise, with stories of him indoctrinating recruits every Sunday and hosting a feast last year. Even though his body was never recovered, the government announced on December 10, 2010, that “El Chayo” was killed after…

Reagan-Bush political consultant admits role in France’s ‘Karachi affair’ arms deal controversy

An American political consultant has admitted being paid by an intermediary in 1994 arms sales for advising the campaign of French presidential hopeful Edouard Balladur, a French daily reported Saturday. Paul Manafort, who worked for Republican presidential campaigns of the 1980s, also told investigators he met with officials in Balladur’s…

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