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U.S. hearing for Strauss-Kahn set for Dec. 10

A hearing in the civil case of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been set for December 10, after reports he will settle with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. “If the case is settled, this will be announced in open court on that day,” Bronx…

Iran ‘captures’ US drone over Gulf waters: Guards

Iran has “captured” an unmanned US drone over Gulf waters after it entered Iranian airspace, the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement on Tuesday. “The unmanned US drone patrolling Persian Gulf waters, performing reconnaissance and gathering intel, was captured as soon as it entered Iranian airspace,” the elite unit’s naval…

The increasingly bizarre tale of John McAfee

Prostitutes, gun-toting bodyguards, experimental drugs, police raids, poisoned dogs, murder, elaborate disguises, cloak-and-dagger interviews: welcome to the incredible world of John McAfee. In a plotline worthy of a Hollywood thriller, the American anti-virus software pioneer went on the run from his Belize island home hours after his Florida expat neighbor…

Nations moving ‘recklessly slow’ on climate change action: report

Poor nations must make haste to curb greenhouse gas emissions as even an impossible zero-percent pollution target for the developed world by 2030 won’t stop calamitous climate change, a report warned Tuesday. Co-authored by former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern, the document said that while rich countries are responsible…

Obamas congratulate British royals on pregnancy

US President Barack Obama sent his congratulations to Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine Monday, on news they were expecting a baby and a future heir to the throne. “On behalf of everyone here in the White House, beginning with the president and the first lady, we extend our…

Auto sales hit fastest pace since January 2008

US auto sales posted their fastest clip since January 2008 amid an improving economic outlook and demand for replacement vehicles following the devastating Hurricane Sandy. Total industry sales in November were up 15 percent from a year earlier and came in at an adjusted, annualized rate of 15.5 million vehicles,…

Obama calls on Russia to update nuclear arms treaty

US President Barack Obama on Monday called on Russia to join him as an equal partner in updating a nuclear non-proliferation deal, after Moscow opted not to extend it earlier this year. Russian officials said in October that they had notified Washington that the Nunn-Lugar program, which disposed of thousands…

Britain’s Scouts consider accepting atheist members

Britain’s Scouts could welcome atheists into their ranks for the first time in 105 years as they seek to increase diversity, the association said Tuesday. The movement, led by British TV adventurer Bear Grylls, is launching a consultation to find out if its members would support an alternative version of…

Obama warns Assad on chemical weapons

US President Barack Obama directly warned Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad Monday that he would face “consequences” if he made the “tragic mistake” of turning chemical weapons on his own people. “Today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching. The…

Catholic newspaper calls for ordination of women

An independent Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States called Monday for a campaign to reverse the Vatican’s refusal to allow women to become priests. “Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand,” the National Catholic Reporter said, waving a red flag…

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