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Self-proclaimed 9/11 ‘mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed back at Guantanamo court

The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and his four co-defendants are due back in Guantanamo court Monday for hearings to pave the way to their trial. It will mark the second appearance for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged co-plotters before the special tribunal known as military…

Man dies competing in Hong Kong triathlon

A 27-year-old British man died while competing in a triathlon in Hong Kong at the weekend, police said Monday. Daniel Bagshaw, a trainee solicitor, collapsed near the finish line of the ITU Triathlon Asian Cup near Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday, having already completed the swimming and cycling stages of…

‘Soft’ drugs should be decriminalized: UK Drug Policy Commission

MPs must acknowledge that not all drug use is problematic and should consider decriminalising possession of small amounts of controlled substances, a report by independent experts urged Monday. The six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body made up of leading scientists, police officers and…

‘Peeping Tom’ on Japan flight avoids charges: reports

A “peeping Tom” who used a pen-shaped camera to take an upskirt shot of a cabin attendant during a domestic flight in Japan has avoided charges after prosecutors failed to decide which prefecture the plane was flying over at the time, reports said. The 34-year-old man extended his hand with…

50 years after Cuba Missile Crisis, U.S. influence in hemisphere waning

50 years after Cuba Missile Crisis, US influence in hemisphere waning It was what many consider the most dangerous moment the world has ever faced: the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which saw the United States square off over nuclear missiles stationed by the Soviet Union in Cuba. This week…

History shows ‘coattail’ effect not so crucial to presidents

History shows “coattail” effect not so crucial to presidents The trifecta of national politics is for a candidate to win the White House and help his party win control of Congress on presidential “coattails.” But is it “game over” for a president when the other team controls the House, the…

Virginia congressional race aims to make gains with social media

Congressman Scott Rigell faces the tightest re-election battle in all of Virginia, so while he steps up his campaign ground game, the lawmaker is turning to what helped get him elected in the first place: social media. Barely an hour after Rigell attended his first debate against his Democratic opponent…

Bill to lower Internet radio music royalties draws fierce opposition

A push to lower music royalties paid by Internet radio has created political disharmony in Washington. The row began to heat up in September, when a group of lawmakers introduced the Internet Radio Fairness Act to equalize royalty payments paid per song for digital radio, whether it is transmitted over…

Meningitis outbreak surpasses 200 cases in 14 states

Fifteen people have died as a result of the rare form of meningitis as patients move to sue Massachusetts compounder The number of cases of a deadly fungal meningitis thought caused by contaminated steroid shots prepared by a pharmacy compounder in Massachusetts has risen above the 200 mark, health officials…

Florida inmate found fit to be executed despite mental illness

Florida judge rules John Ferguson can be put to death despite US supreme court ruling barring execution of the mentally ill A Florida judge has ruled that a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who believes he is the “Prince of God” and is convinced that he will be resurrected to sit for…

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