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Avigdor Lieberman: ‘Dobermann’ of the Israeli right

Israel’s outspoken former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who resigned last month after being charged with corruption offences, is a firebrand hardliner with a burning ambition to lead the right. Known for his anti-Arab stance, he has been dogged by corruption allegations for years but denies the charges against him, saying…

Obama kicks off inauguration weekend with volunteering

Americans kicked off Barack Obama’s inauguration weekend Saturday with a day of service, with the president and his family volunteering their efforts in Washington. The president will participate in a local project around 11:30 am local time (1630 GMT). Meanwhile, vice president Joe Biden and his family were at the…

Paper pulls controversial handgun permit info from website

The newspaper that stirred up controversy after publishing the names and addresses of gun permit owners in two New York counties has taken down the information from its website, reported the Associated Press. The move came just a few days after New York passed new gun control laws that also…

Maddow: Obama’s stance on debt ceiling shows ‘evolution’ in strategy

Rachel Maddow said on her Friday night show that Obama’s first term taught the president some tough lessons on partisanship and pushing his agenda. The book Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper, and a new PBS documentary about the GOP’s plans to obstruct Obama’s agenda, illustrate…

Seven hostages killed in Algeria desert ‘final assault’

Seven foreign hostages and 11 Islamist gunmen were killed on Saturday, an Algerian security source said, when a Sahara desert stand-off ended in a bloodbath. The heavily armed gunmen from a group known as “Signatories in Blood” had been holed up in the In Amenas gas complex since they took…

Rape cases in New Delhi jump 23 percent in 2012

Rape cases in New Delhi jumped 23 per cent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to official figures, highlighting rising crime against women in the sprawling metropolis. The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and…

Pro-nuclear activists get pulpit at Sundance in ‘Pandora’s Promise’

What if nuclear energy offered the world the only chance to escape poverty and control global warming? A documentary that lends a pulpit to former opponents of nuclear energy who have made a 180-degree turn has made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “Pandora’s Promise” and…

Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic ‘Cleopatra’ with Angelina Jolie

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said Saturday he will “probably” accept an offer to direct historical epic “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board. Lee, whose 3D adventure “Life of Pi” has earned 11 Oscar nominations, said he would read the…

Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries

Delegations from some 140 countries have agreed to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use of health-hazardous mercury, the Swiss foreign ministry said. The world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, reached after a week of thorny talks, will aim to reduce global emission levels of the toxic heavy metal…

Corruption evil as drugs and prostitution: Interpol

Global football corruption helps drive the criminal underworld’s domination of prostitution, drug-trafficking and gun-running, an international symposium into match-fixing heard on Friday. Around 200 delegates attending the FIFA, UEFA and Interpol meeting into corruption in the sport, were told that it was crucial the match-fixers felt the full force of…

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