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CEOs decry political paralysis pushing U.S. over fiscal cliff

Worried US business chiefs warned Tuesday that political paralysis is pulling down the US economy and pushing it toward the fiscal cliff. Twenty days before the cliff deadline, more than 160 chief executives of the Business Roundtable signed a letter urging Democratic and Republican leaders to compromise on long-term tax…

U.S. warns Egypt of return to ‘bad old days’ of Mubarak

The United States warned Tuesday there must be no return to the “bad old days” of the Mubarak era in Egypt, as the army there called for talks to resolve a crisis over a constitutional referendum. “We continue to have deep concerns about the situation in Egypt,” State Department spokeswoman…

Disco queen Donna Summer to join rock Hall of Fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced Tuesday. Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music…

WikiLeaks suspect treated like ‘zoo animal’: lawyer

In his final plea to have charges dropped against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, a defense lawyer Tuesday compared his harsh detention conditions to those of a “zoo animal.” Manning’s solitary confinement — under 24-hour watch, forced to sleep naked in a tiny cell for all but 20 minutes a day…

U.S. blacklists al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria

Washington blacklisted an Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria Tuesday, warning extremists could play no role in building the nation’s future as the US readies to recognize the new Syrian alliance. The move against the Al-Nusra Front came ahead of talks in Morocco on Wednesday, when the United States is expected…

Software engineer McAfee expects to be freed ‘soon’

US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee said on Tuesday he was “100 percent certain” he would secure freedom from a Guatemalan detention centre within 24 hours. The 67-year-old, who was arrested for making an illegal entry into the Central American country on December 5, told Sky News that he expects…

Cayman Islands prime minister arrested on suspicion of ‘financial irregularities’

Cayman Islands Prime Minister McKeeva Bush was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of financial irregularities and importing explosives without a permit, police on the British overseas territory said. Bush was arrested Tuesday at his home on suspicion of theft related to the misuse of a government credit card, and abuse office…

Twitter: 150 million tweets sent about London Olympics

The London Olympics led to 150 million tweets — more than the US elections and Super Bowl combined, Twitter said Tuesday. The Spice Girls’ performance in the closing ceremony generated the biggest spike of the Games, while Usain Bolt’s victory in the 200m made him the most-discussed athlete. London Mayor…

Yahoo! overhauls its email for mobile and web

Yahoo! said Tuesday it was revamping its email for the Web and mobile devices in a move aimed at streamlining the service and making its look consistent across various platforms. “Since it’s such an important part of our daily lives, we’re making a few improvements to Yahoo! Mail,” chief executive…

Putin under fire for comparing Lenin’s corpse to holy relics

Russia President Vladimir Putin came under criticism from rights activists on Tuesday after he compared Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse to the holy relics of Christian saints. In a Monday speech before a group of supporters, Putin spoke against the idea of removing Lenin’s mausoleum from Red Square in Moscow where…

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