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Harris-Perry holds ‘Was that racist?’ lightning round

Melissa Harris-Perry held a “Was that racist?” lightning round on her show with a panel of comedians, in a look back at some of the more questionable moments of 2012. The panelists started with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said in January that she “felt a little bit threatened” in…

Afghans angry at US soldiers who drove away in the night leaving rent unpaid

Only sign of huge US base is pile of rubbish and broken vehicles – and a festering land dispute in a volatile province US forces left behind piles of equipment, an unpaid rent bill and a festering land dispute that threatens to undermine the Afghan government when they moved out…

Former GOP candidate in jail after accusations he slashed rival’s tires

A man who ran for the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat is now in jail after accusations that he slashed the tires of at least one former rival, reported KOB Dec. 28. A police detective in Albuquerque told the news outlet that a surveillance video of a man…

Swedish lawmaker resigns after racist antics caught on film

A Swedish lawmaker once seen as a future leader of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party announced Sunday he was quitting parliament and the party after a racist scandal. Erik Almqvist, 31, was one of three party officials caught on film hurling racist abuse at two men, arming themselves with iron…

Nobel medicine laureate Levi-Montalcini dies aged 103

Nobel medicine laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, a neurologist and developmental biologist, died on Sunday at her home in Rome aged 103. She was the oldest living Nobel laureate at the time of her death. Levi-Montalcini shared the prize with colleague Stanley Cohen in 1986 for their ground-breaking discovery of growth factors.…

Robbers take hostages after blasting into gem-cutting plant in Brazil

Robbers in Brazil blasted their way into a gem-cutting plant Sunday, fought a gun battle with police then fled with nine hostages, prompting a massive manhunt, officials said. Three of the assailants died in the assault in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, a military police official told AFP…

Talks at a standstill as fiscal cliff looms

Last minute talks stalled Sunday between top US political leaders aimed at averting a fiscal calamity due to hit within hours, as Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for a lack of progress. Top Democrats and Republicans groped for a compromise before a punishing package of government spending cuts and…

Boehner: Don’t blame GOP for fiscal cliff

US House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday warned President Barack Obama that he should not cast blame on Republicans for a possible failure to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” saying the president was equally responsible. “Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame,” the top Republican in Congress said…

Obama says Newtown shooting his worst day as president

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school which killed 20 young children was “the worst day of my presidency.” Obama also expressed skepticism about a proposal by the gun lobby group The National Rifle Association to introduce armed guards…

French paper to publish comic book life of Mohammed

A French weekly known for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to the ire of conservative Muslims said Sunday it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be researched and educational. Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam’s prophet in an effort…

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