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Left homeless by Sandy, residents take shelter in FEMA trailers

Vera Pizzo was in her tiny backyard with Bella, her husky Chihuahua, when she heard the unmistakable groan of the garbage truck compactor. She ran into her new home and emerged with a few water bottles. When the truck rolled up to empty her cans, she was there, leaning over……

Taliban threatens to kill Musharraf when he returns to Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday threatened to assassinate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf when he returns to the country to contest elections after nearly five years in self-imposed exile. The 69-year-old escaped three assassination attempts when in office from 1999 to 2008, a target of Islamist extremists because of his…

Millions begin switching off for ‘Earth Hour’ to protest climate change

Sydney’s skyline plunged into darkness on Saturday as the city cut its lights for the “Earth Hour” campaign against climate change, kicking off an event which will travel around the globe. Organisers expect hundreds of millions of people across some 150 countries to turn off their lights for 60 minutes…

U.S. Senate approves its first budget since 2009

The US Senate reached a milestone early Saturday when it overcame partisan gridlock to approve its first budget resolution in four years, setting up a political duel with the Republican-held House. The sweeping plan for fiscal year 2014, the first budget blueprint passed by the Democrat-led Senate under President Barack…

Queue already forming for Monday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

With Thermos bottles, sleeping bags and a few good books, about a dozen people lined up Friday to be among the first to attend oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on gay marriage. Never mind that the hearings don’t begin until next Tuesday. They said they were determined to…

President Barack Obama: U.S. will provide Jordan with $200 million aid package for Syrian refugees

US President Barack Obama announced at a Friday press conference in Amman an aid package of $200 million for Jordan to help the kingdom care for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. By News Wires President Barack Obama says his administration is working with Congress to provide Jordan with an…

Police suspect former french president Nicolas Sarkozy of accepting millions from mentally ill heiress

Just as rumours about a potential bid by Sarkozy to recapture the presidency in 2017 were swirling, the former French president finds himself suspected of accepting millions in cash from a wealthy heiress suffering from poor mental health. By FRANCE 24 Having announced his retirement from public life in the…

JPMorgan Chase fights for Jamie Dimon to stay on as CEO, chairman despite ‘London Whale’ debacle

JPMorgan Chase’s board Friday “strongly” endorsed Jamie Dimon to continue serving as both chairman and chief executive despite last year’s embarrassing $6.2 billion trading loss in the “London Whale” debacle. JPMorgan had “strong” performance under Dimon “during a time when many other financial institutions with independent chairs experienced great difficulty,”…

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigns after Hezbollah blocks oversight of parliamentary elections

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday in Beirut, after Hezbollah and its allies blocked the creation of a body to supervise parliamentary elections. By News Wires Lebanon’s prime minister has resigned due to an impasse over a new election law and parliament’s refusal…

Cyprus may need to tax foreign deposit holders to available future bailout

Katinka Barysch: It’s the best solution to banking crisis in Cyprus. It would alienate Moscow, but bring greater EU support The Cypriot parliament has rejected the initial bailout proposed by the eurozone countries and the IMF. MPs were outraged that small savers would be asked to contribute. Now Cyprus might…

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