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Boehner: Don’t blame GOP for fiscal cliff

US House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday warned President Barack Obama that he should not cast blame on Republicans for a possible failure to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” saying the president was equally responsible. “Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame,” the top Republican in Congress said…

Obama says Newtown shooting his worst day as president

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school which killed 20 young children was “the worst day of my presidency.” Obama also expressed skepticism about a proposal by the gun lobby group The National Rifle Association to introduce armed guards…

French paper to publish comic book life of Mohammed

A French weekly known for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to the ire of conservative Muslims said Sunday it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be researched and educational. Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam’s prophet in an effort…

Cash-starved Sudan to double minimum wage

Sudan’s cash-starved government on Sunday ordered a doubling of the minimum wage after months of rising prices left consumers struggling to make ends meet. The order by President Omar al-Bashir reversed earlier official rejections of an increase despite inflation which reached 46 percent in November. “President Bashir gives directive for…

Margaret Thatcher out of hospital after bladder surgery

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after successful bladder surgery, British media have reported. The BBC and Sky News television said the 87-year-old was discharged on Saturday, citing sources close to the former premier, but her spokeswoman did not immediately return calls on Sunday seeking confirmation. The…

Obama admits ‘security problem’ at Benghazi mission

President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that a probe into a deadly assault on a US consulate in Libya had uncovered a “huge problem” in security procedures at the mission. “We’re not going to be defensive about it,” Obama said in an interview recorded on Saturday for NBC’s Meet the Press.…

Police trap reveals how Afghan ‘insider attacks’ work

The Taliban believed Beyar Khan Weyaar was the perfect candidate to prepare an insider attack on Afghan police, but instead he set a daring trap that has given a rare insight into suicide bombing tactics. Weyaar, a low-ranking police officer in the eastern province of Paktika, was approached in November…

Chicago registers its 500th homicide of 2012 – the highest number since 2008

Rahm Emanuel’s first full year as Chicago mayor ends on a tragic note: The city marked its 500th homicide Thursday evening, making 2012 the deadliest year in the city since 2008. Overall, Chicago homicides are at a historic low compared to decades past – 928 in 1991, for example. But…

23,000 British police officers and staff earn 2nd income, some ‘working as vicars and pole dancers’

More than 23,000 British police officers and staff earn a second income from non-police work, a rise of nearly 20 percent in a year, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Second job titles include vicar, pole-dancing teacher, pallbearer, ski instructor, ice-cream salesman and medium, the Mail on Sunday reported. The newspaper…

From UFOs to ‘tsunami bomb’: New Zealand’s national archive secrets revealed

A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand’s national archives, including a bizarre WWII plan to create a “tsunami bomb” and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings. Author Ray Waru said he wrote “Secrets and Treasures” to highlight the material publicly available at Archives New Zealand…

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