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Tibetan monk self-immolates at Chinese police station

A Tibetan man burnt himself to death in protest against Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said Thursday, bringing the total to have set themselves on fire to at least 101. US-based Radio Free Asia said the man, Lobsang Namgyal, who it described as a former monk from the…

Pentagon unveils new ‘Distinguished Warfare Medal’ for drone operators

The Pentagon unveiled a new medal on Wednesday to honor “extraordinary” troops who launch cyber attacks or drone strikes from their consoles, even if they do not risk their lives in combat. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, announcing the new “Distinguished Warfare Medal,” said it was time to recognize those who…

Actress Daryl Hannah and others arrested during Keystone XL protest at White House

A celebrity roster of protesters, including climate scientist James Hansen, actor Daryl Hannah, civil rights leader Julian Bond and environmental advocate Robert Kennedy Jr, were arrested on Wednesday after handcuffing themselves to the gates of the White House to demand that Barack Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project.…

Time Warner looks to slim down by selling off some magazines

Media giant Time Warner is in talks on the sale of some of its magazines to a large US publisher, the conglomerate’s Fortune magazine reported Wednesday. The report said some of the titles such as People, InStyle and Real Simple, would be carved out and rolled into a company to…

Disabled cruise ship previously had electrical problems, Carnival admits

A cruise ship that lost power in the Gulf of Mexico, trapping more than 4,000 people aboard, had already suffered electrical problems as recently as a few weeks ago, its operator Carnival said Wednesday. With the ship and its passengers still at sea being towed to safety, news of the…

Panetta laments ‘meanness’ of U.S. politics

Looking back at a long political career, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday lamented an increasingly bitter atmosphere in Washington, saying there was “too much meanness” on display. His comments come amid a mounting budget crisis in a deeply divided Congress and after Republican lawmakers renewed threats to block the…

Zuckerburg’s stake in Facebook now at nearly 30 percent: regulators

Mark Zuckerberg’s stake in Facebook has climbed to nearly 30 percent since the leading social network made its dismal stock market debut, according to a filing Wednesday with US regulators. Zuckerberg owns 632.65 million Facebook shares as compared with the slightly more than 500 million he held in September when…

Conservative business leaders blast Obama’s call for higher minimum wage

Business groups and Republicans rounded on Barack Obama on Wednesday over one of the most contentious single elements of his state of the union speech, his proposal to increase the minimum wage. The president set out plans to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 in…

Obama promises rebirth of U.S. manufacturing industry

A day after vowing to ignite America’s economic engine, President Barack Obama hit the factory floor Wednesday, to promise a rebound in job-creating manufacturing industry. Obama visited a Linamar Corporation plant in Asheville, North Carolina, which makes heavy engine components for cars and trucks and opened in 2011 on the…

Former ambassador slams U.S. ‘callousness’ on Pakistan

The former US ambassador to Islamabad on Wednesday criticized Washington’s “callousness” over the killing of Pakistani troops as he called for both nations to rethink how they see each other. Cameron Munter served as ambassador during some of the most difficult times of the turbulent US-Pakistan relationship including the slaying…

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