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Budget talks going ‘nowhere,’ Boehner complains

WASHINGTON — Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that talks to resolve the dreaded “fiscal cliff” are going “nowhere,” as Democrats demand a tax hike for the richest Americans. Without a deal by year’s end, a poison pill of tax hikes and massive spending cuts, including slashes to the…

Geithner says no budget deal without tax hikes

WASHINGTON — Lead White House negotiator Timothy Geithner insisted Sunday there would be no deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” unless Republicans allowed tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to rise. Talks to avoid the dreaded “fiscal cliff” are at a dangerous impasse after President Barack Obama’s opening gambit in…

Former guards of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning deny abuse

Two of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning’s former prison guards have denied abusing him in custody, and described an incident where the US Army private suddenly burst into tears. Manning, 24, is accused of providing Internet site WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables and classified war logs from…

More than 100 Gaza civilians killed during latest conflict: report

The phone rang at 3:00 am: “You have five minutes to evacuate the house,” an Israeli officer said in flawless Arabic. Within minutes, an Israeli drone fired a warning shot. The Israeli military employed a range of warnings to civilians during its November 14-21 bombardment to halt rocket fire into…

Family of British ‘locked-in’ man push right-to-die campaign

The family of a ‘locked-in’ syndrome sufferer who fought for the right to die said Saturday they would continue his campaign to change the law after seeking permission to appeal a High Court ruling. Tony Nicklinson died on August 22 aged 58 a week after losing a lengthy legal battle…

Microsoft and Google battle with online shopping search engines

Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft and Google have become embroiled in a bitter dispute over who is the fairest of them all for online shopping, stepping up the battle between the tech giants. Microsoft threw the first punch when it launched a campaign for its Bing search engine…

Martial arts group seeks Middle East peace

The barefoot, black-belted martial arts experts flick high kicks and aim straight-elbowed arm thrusts at each other, but it is their handshakes that draw gasps and applause from spectators. Taking its name from the Japanese expression for “the way of stopping conflict”, an organisation called Budo for Peace gave crowds…

Supporters of Egyptian president rally outside top court

Hundreds of supporters of President Mohamed Morsi gathered outside Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday, ahead of ruling on the legality of a panel that drafted a controversial new charter. The Islamists, many wrapped in blankets and carrying posters of Morsi, had spent the night outside the courthouse in a…

Overfishing threatens Pacific tuna

MANILA — Asia-Pacific fishing experts on Sunday warned against depleting tuna stocks, saying the region needs to reduce its catch of the vulnerable bigeye species by 30 percent. Participants at the conference of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) said action must be taken not only to preserve…

Starbucks to review British arrangements after dodging corporation taxes

Global coffee giant Starbucks said Sunday it was reviewing its tax affairs in Britain after it took a roasting from lawmakers and campaigners who accuse the chain of paying too little. The Seattle-based firm admitted that “we need to do more” although it would not confirm a report in Britain’s…

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