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John Kerry defends U.S. targeted drone strike program

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended America’s use of drones to hunt down wanted terror leaders, saying the pilotless planes are only used against confirmed targets and after much vetting. “Let me very clear… first of all there have been very few drone strikes in this last…

Obama to meet with survivors in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

President Barack Obama traveled to Oklahoma Sunday to view devastation from last week’s monster tornado that killed 24 people, as the governor sought federal aid for thousands left destitute by the disaster. Obama departed Washington a little before 10 am (1400 GMT) for a three-hour flight to the tornado-ravaged state,…

‘Experts’ skeptical Obama will close Guantanamo

President Barack Obama may have renewed his vow to close the Guantanamo prison this week, but many are skeptical he will really be able to end this controversial chapter of US history. “I know the politics are hard. But history will cast a harsh judgment on this aspect of our…

Storm brews over potential Koch brothers control of Tribune newspaper chain

With a sale likely of a prominent group of US newspapers, the interest of a potential buyer tied to right-wing causes has galvanized opponents fearing the dailies could become political tools. The Tribune Co. dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and five others could be sold…

New records mark 60th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s summit of Mount Everest

Sixty years ago this week two men became the first to stand on the roof of the world in a remarkable feat of endurance and strength of the human spirit. As the May 29 anniversary of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s summit of Mount Everest approaches, hundreds of people from…

Scientists cast doubt on Alzheimer’s cancer drug study

Four separate teams of scientists have said they were unable to replicate a highly publicized study that last year touted a cancer drug’s success against Alzheimer’s disease in mice. “We wanted to repeat the study to see if we could build on it, and we couldn’t,” said David Borchelt, a…

Sunni grievances drive deadly spike in Iraq unrest

A feud between Iraqi Sunnis and the Shiite authorities they accuse of marginalising their community is driving a deadly spike in violence that stops short of all-out conflict for now, experts say. Attacks including bombings that ripped through worshippers in mosques and cut down shoppers in markets killed over 430…

British soldier murder suspect had been held in Kenya for seeking terror training

One of the main suspects in the brutal murder of a soldier in London was arrested in Kenya more than two years ago for seeking terror training, it emerged on Sunday, after police made more arrests. Anti-terror investigators in France meanwhile were probing the stabbing of a soldier in Paris…

Pope Francis prays mafia gangsters will follow God

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the “mafias” that turned people into “slaves” and prayed for gangsters to turn to God, a day after a slain priest was proclaimed the first “mafia martyr”. “I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many mafias,”…

Boy Scouts face possible exodus after lifting ban on gay members

Boy Scouts: Will anti-gay troops emerge? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Boy Scout Pascal Tessier is congratulated by Justin Buckford of Scouts for Equality, after hearing that the Boy Scouts of America had passed a resolution allowing openly gay scouts. Tessier is a Life scout who…

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