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Cuban hunger strikers cry victory after prisoner freed

HAVANA — Dissident Marta Beatriz Roque called it “a victory for the Cuban people … and democracy” when the communist government bowed to the demands of hunger strikers and freed a political prisoner. Roque’s campaign had inspired 29 other protesters to put their lives on the line, joining her action…

Romney video: fatal gaffe, or bump in the road?

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Is it October yet? The damning, campaign-squashing surprises that send US presidential candidates to their doom traditionally break in the month before the election, but Mitt Romney is facing a monumental challenge now. A series of undeniable gaffes in recent weeks, including leaked video footage…

Romney urged by Rush Limbaugh to grasp ‘golden opportunity’

Many mainstream Republican commentators have cringed at Mitt Romney’s secretly video-taped comments in which he suggested 47% of Americans are government-dependent “victims” – but a powerful group of conservative agitators have welcomed the remarks. They have fervently embraced Romney’s private attack on those who receive benefits from the state as…

Chicago Teachers Union to suspend strike and vote on contract

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced Tuesday that they were suspending their strike and will return to classrooms on Wednesday. “I’m so thrilled that people are going back, all of our members are glad to be back with their kids,” CTU president Karen Lewis said at a press conference. “It’s…

Palestinians say Romney peace remarks ‘unacceptable’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Tuesday that comments by US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that the Palestinians did not want peace were “absolutely unacceptable.” “We consider these statements absolutely unacceptable,” he told AFP. A recording released on Tuesday shows Romney telling donors that the Palestinians…

Clashes in east Jerusalem over anti-Islam film

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinians protesting against an anti-Islam film clashed with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Tuesday, hurling stones and firebombs at a checkpoint, the military and reporters said. The protesters marched from the Shuafat camp toward a crossing that connects east and west Jerusalem where they…

North Carolina sheriff’s office targeted Latinos: DOJ

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina sheriff’s department systematically targeted Hispanics for traffic checks and other infringements, the US Justice Department ruled Tuesday after a two-year investigation. Alamance County Sheriff’s Office had an “egregious pattern” of profiling, which violated the Constitution and federal law, engaging in “discriminatory policing against Latinos,” officials…

Burger poll adds some beef to presidential election

WASHINGTON — With burgers as ballots, a restaurant in the US capital is conducting its own gourmet straw poll in the run-up to national elections on November 6. BLT Steak, a stone’s throw from the White House, is giving patrons a choice of hamburgers named after President Barack Obama, Vice…

Clinton denies any advance warning of Libya attack

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied Tuesday that Washington was warned of an imminent attack in Libya, stressing the United States would not rest until those behind the killings of four Americans are brought to justice. “We had no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in…

Greek economy to shrink 25 percent by 2014

The ailing Greek economy is on the verge of a 1930s-style Great Depression, as the Athens government predicted a 25% fall in GDP by 2014, putting intense pressure on the EU to relax the terms on the country’s €130bn (£105bn) bailout package The finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, said a decline…

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