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Hurricane Sandy: How utilities are planning for power outages

Hurricane Sandy: how utilities are planning for power outages With utility companies analyzing potential storm tracks for hurricane Sandy and deciding just how many utility crews to request to prepare for fallen power lines, Seth Guikema could be their best friend. He is part of a pioneering attempt to help…

Latinos force immigration into U.S. presidential race

The United States has 52 million Hispanic citizens, including 24 million who can vote — and many are not happy about either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney’s immigration policies. In a too-close-to-call election which climaxes on November 6, the issue has shot up the agenda for both candidates, as they…

Iowa’s Des Moines Register endorses Mitt Romney for ‘fresh economic vision’

Mitt Romney earned the White House endorsement of battleground Iowa’s biggest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, which cited the Republican’s “fresh economic vision” for America. It was a blow for President Barack Obama, whom the influential publication backed four years ago. The Romney endorsement was the paper’s first of a…

William Faulkner estate sues Sony over Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ line

Faulkner Literary Rights LLC claims Sony did not seek permission to quote snippet in Woody Allen’s hit comedy Sony Pictures Classics and a group of movie exhibitors are the subject of a copyright infringement suit filed against them by the estate of the author William Faulkner. The suit centres on…

Mali Islamists bulldoze independence monument in Timbuktu

Radical Islamists controlling northern Mali on Saturday took a bulldozer to an independence monument in Timbuktu, where they have destroyed several world heritage treasures in recent months, witnesses said. “At the moment I can see eight Islamists with a bulldozer. They are busy destroying Timbuktu’s independence monument,” one witness told…

Indonesia ‘foils plot to attack US missions’

 Indonesian police on Saturday arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman said, in the latest terror alert to hit the country. The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the…

Israel arrests senior Hamas MP in West Bank

Israeli security forces on Saturday arrested senior Hamas MP Mahmud al-Ramahi at a military roadblock in the West Bank, an army spokeswoman told AFP. “He was arrested on suspicion of illegal activity,” at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, and taken for questioning, she said. Palestinians in his hone town of…

Obama paints Romney as a governor who broke his pledges

President Barack Obama, campaigning in tiny New Hampshire Saturday, slammed his Republican rival Mitt Romney’s record as governor of neighboring Massachusetts, saying he is a man voters can’t trust. Just 10 days out from the November 6 presidential election, Obama was in the small US state for the second time…

Anti-austerity protesters urge Spain government to resign in Madrid rally

Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched in the Spanish capital Saturday calling for the conservative government to resign because of its severe budget cuts. “They don’t represent us”, “More education fewer police”, demonstrators shouted as dozens of police vehicles followed the march to near the parliament building which was cordoned off.…

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university Refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp will soon be able to go for higher education at the world’s first university being set up near a camp for its inhabitants. The campus is being set up by Kenya’s Kenyatta University (KU) near the…

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