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Canadian police chief sends Christmas cards to gangsters

Gangsters in one of Canada’s most crime-ridden cities can expect a special greeting card this Christmas — from a local police chief dressed as jolly Santa Claus and packing heat. The card is being mailed out this week to “prolific offenders, property offenders and persons known for drug and gang…

Republicans push for more spending cuts in fiscal cliff bargain

US President Barack Obama and Republicans waged a new spat over spending cuts Tuesday, as time ran short and little progress was evident towards ending a vexing year-end austerity and tax crisis. After days dueling over Obama’s demand for higher taxes on the rich, each side accused the other of…

Sen. Rand Paul congratulates Michigan on new right-to-work law

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday congratulated the heavily-unionized state of Michigan after its legislature approved a so-called “right-to-work” bill. “I offer my congratulations to the Michigan state legislature on their hard work on and passage of freedom in the workplace legislation, and to Gov. Rick Snyder for…

Guatemala Nobel winner pissed at profiteering of ‘Mayan doomsday’ hysteria

Rigoberta Menchu, the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is unhappy about the commercial hype over the supposed ancient Maya predictions of an end of the world on December 21. The date marks the end of an era that lasted over 5,000 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Some…

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…

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