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Arnold Schwarzenegger to edit bodybuilding magazine

Austrian-born movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named as senior editor of a bodybuilding magazine he ran before becoming governor of California, its publisher said Monday. The 65-year-old, who made his name as Mr. Universe before becoming a Hollywood star and then politician, is returning as Group Executive Editor for…

House Republicans propose $10 billion spending hike for Pentagon

US House Republicans introduced a proposal Monday that would fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, albeit at a reduced level to account for harsh spending cuts already under way. The measure, expected to be brought to the floor for a vote this week, does not cancel…

Hillary Clinton fought ‘tooth and nail’ with staff over Afghan policy, says ex-official

Former US top diplomat Hillary Clinton and her staff fought “tooth and nail” to push ideas for diplomacy in Afghanistan in a bitter turf war with the White House, an ex-official says in a new book. Vali Nasr, now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies…

U.S. calls on UN to ban drunken diplomats from budget negotiations

The United States on Monday called for drunk diplomats to be barred from United Nations’ budget negotiations. Annual talks on how much the global body spends have become increasingly tense as western nations call for spending cuts. “We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be…

Gov. Chris Christie: Slow progress on New Jersey medical marijuana isn’t ‘crisis’

Gov. Christie: "No crisis" because only one medical pot shop open (via NJ.com) JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie said the slow progress of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, where hundreds of people are waiting to obtain the drug from the state’s lone supplier, is not a “crisis.”…

Vatican and Iran fight UN’s efforts to stop violence against women

The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children. More than 6,000 non-government groups are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest…

Ikea files suit against meatball supplier over horsemeat

The Swedish producer of the Ikea meatballs found to contain horsemeat said it filed a police report Monday against a Swedish supplier that bought the tainted meat from two Polish abattoirs. “We don’t know where in the chain the crime has been committed,” said Ola Larsson, a spokesman for Dafgaard,…

Mexican drug lord booted from ‘Forbes’ top billionaires list

A feared Mexican drug lord who made an unusual addition to Forbes’ list of top billionaires has been dropped from the latest ranking because his assets are hard to calculate, the magazine said. The 2013 list, which came out Monday with another Mexican, telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, at the top,…

Biden to pro-Israel lobby: Obama not bluffing about military force against Iran

Vice-president tells Aipac that military option remains on the table for Obama to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon Barack Obama‘s threats to use military force to prevent Iran securing a nuclear weapon are more than idle bluffs, vice-president Joe Biden told the biggest pro-Israeli lobbying group Aipac on Monday. Biden said that while…

Netanyahu says Iran is near the ‘red line’ on nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning it was getting closer to crossing a crucial “red line.” “Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross…

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