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Taliban gunmen attack Afghan presidential palace and CIA facility

KABUL — Taliban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace in the heart of Kabul on Tuesday, just a week after insurgent leaders opened an office in Qatar for peace talks. A nearby building known to house a CIA base also came…

Philip Morris blasts Thai regulations on cigarette packs

Tobacco giant Philip Morris and hundreds of Thai retailers vowed Tuesday to sue the kingdom’s health authorities over new rules introducing bigger and more prominent anti-smoking warnings on cigarette packets. The Tobacco firm, which makes the Marlboro brand, says the industry was not consulted before an April decision by Thailand’s…

Supreme Court rules in favor of Florida property owner over denied development permit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for advocates of private property rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Florida property owner may be owed compensation from a government agency that declined to award him a development permit for his land. In a 5-4 ruling with the court’s five…

Three people detained after ambush on LAPD detectives

(Reuters) – Two undercover Los Angeles police detectives were wounded early Tuesday after a suspect suddenly opened fire on their vehicle near their station, police officials said. The vehicle was struck several times, and the officers returned fire, said Officer Bruce Borihanh. The suspect fled on foot, he added. They…

Men’s Warehouse fired founder after he tried to retake control of company

(Reuters) – Men’s Wearhouse Inc <MW.N> said it fired founder and Executive Chairman George Zimmer after he pushed to take the company private and effectively demanded to be reinstated as the sole decision maker at the clothing chain. Zimmer opposed a potential sale of the retailer’s K&G fashion chain and…

Chinese spacecraft completes space-docking mission

China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has completed a challenging mission to manually dock with a space module and its three astronauts are expected to return to earth on Wednesday, state media said Tuesday. The astronauts have completed their mission after docking twice with the Tiangong-1 space module, where they conducted medical experiments…

Putin says Snowden is ‘free to leave’ in Moscow airport

NAANTALI, Finland (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible. Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland…

Supreme Court rules adoptive parents don’t have to turn over Native American girl

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court order requiring a South Carolina couple to turn over a young girl they had raised since birth to her biological father simply because he was an American Indian. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in favor…

Climate change makes voyage across Northwest Passage by boat possible

Traversing the Northwest Passage is dangerous enough, but now a four-man crew are attempting it by rowing boat, in a route once dominated by ice The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic:…

Santorum to head studio aimed at brining faith-based filmmaking to Hollywood

The former US presidential hopeful will be CEO of a faith-based movie company that plans to recruit talent from Hollywood Rick Santorum, the evangelical former US presidential hopeful who lost out to Mitt Romney in last year’s Republican primaries, is to head a new studio which aims to bring faith-based film-making…

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