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UK lawmakers urge tough new press rules

More than 40 members of Britain’s ruling Conservative party have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to impose tough new press rules overseen by regulators outside the industry, in an open letter published in the Guardian on Friday. Senior members, including former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind and former party chairmen Caroline…

Climate change ‘likely to be more severe than some models predict’

Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts. The analysis by the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that climate model projections showing a greater rise in…

Iranian jets fired on U.S. drone in Gulf: Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Predator drone in the Gulf last week but the aircraft was not hit, the Pentagon said Thursday, warning that the United States stood ready to protect its forces in the region. The incident occurred on November 1 — less…

Hispanic ‘Dreamers’ celebrate Obama victory

WASHINGTON — Hispanics smuggled into the United States as children who grew up as Americans on Thursday celebrated Democrat Barack Obama’s re-election, and urged rival Republicans to focus on immigration reform. “The result of this election clearly showed that the anti-immigrant agenda is the real loser and this is very…

Obama to make economy statement Friday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will make Friday his major first post-election intervention in the looming showdown with Republicans over debt and spending, with an on-camera White House statement. A White House official told AFP that the remarks, in the presidential mansion’s ornate East Room, would focus on “the…

Australia scraps plan to filter Internet

SYDNEY — Australia on Friday scrapped a controversial plan to filter the Internet, saying it will instead block hundreds of websites identified by Interpol as among the worst child abuse sites. The centre-left Labor government had pushed since 2007 for a mandatory Internet filter to protect children, to be administered…

Boehner ‘confident’ of immigration deal

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner expressed confidence Thursday that he and his Republicans can work with President Barack Obama in hammering out a comprehensive deal on immigration. Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s tack to the right during his presidential campaign, particularly on immigration, was a key reason he lost…

New York rations gasoline as electric outages mount

NEW YORK — New York announced gasoline rationing Thursday to address a fuel crisis sparked by superstorm Sandy, as tens of thousands more people lost electricity and officials prepared to deploy emergency mobile homes. Echoing 1970s energy shortages, America’s biggest city and financial capital was to restrict sales starting at…

Romney campaign hints he lost Florida

MIAMI — Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser in Florida hinted Thursday that the Republican presidential challenger lost the state, where a result was still to be declared two days after the election. President Barack Obama ended up not needing the biggest swing state as he romped to a decisive electoral…

Obama plans second-term strategy as House Republicans craft their own

Democrats have warned their opponents in Congress against seeking to wreck Barack Obama’s second term by adopting confrontational strategies that risk bringing Washington to a standstill. One of Barack Obama’s senior advisers, David Axelrod, said it was no longer “business as usual” and the American public did not want to…

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