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Last Westerner at Guantanamo ‘returning to Canada’

The last Westerner held in the US prison for terror suspects in Guantanamo is returning to his native Canada, Canadian TV reported on Saturday. Omar Khadr left the prison on Saturday morning on a military plane bound for Canada, CBC said, quoting a military source. It did not say if…

Vatican in controversy over ‘drunken tourist herds’ destroying Sistine Chapel’s majesty

Author Pietro Citati calls for limit on crowd numbers to preserve Michelangelo’s art A fierce row has broken out over the future of the Sistine Chapel, after one of Italy’s most respected writers slammed it as an “unimaginable disaster” where tourists resemble “drunken herds”. Centred on the image of God…

Obama urges Congress to pass mortgage plan

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to pressure Congress to pass his mortgage refinancing plan, arguing it would help working families and strengthen the middle class. “Show up at their town hall and tell them that when Congress comes back to Washington, they better come back ready to…

Is CIA chief Petraeus running for president — of Princeton?

A college newspaper has set off a wave of speculation that David Petraeus, the general-turned-CIA-spy-chief, might want to leave his job to become president — of Princeton University. Petraeus, 59, has long been suspected of harboring political ambitions but he has sometimes fended off questions about a possible White House…

U.S. pushing Gulf nations to develop missile defense

The United States is pushing Gulf countries to develop missile defense plans, amid what they see is a rising threat from Iran, US officials said Friday. “It’s the United States’ goal, to encourage the GCC countries to develop this missile defense architecture, because… to truly protect the region by missile…

Ang Lee breaks every rule in new ‘Life of Pi’ film

Director Ang Lee says he broke every rule in “Life of Pi,” which premiered Friday, bringing the best-selling novel into stunning 3D life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine. “There are a few classic advices in movies: never make a…

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) holds up millions in aid to Egypt

A Republican congresswoman froze a request by the Obama administration for $450 million in cash for the Egyptian government, saying it needed new scrutiny amid rocky US ties with Cairo. The lawmaker, Kay Granger, from Texas, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommitee on State and Foreign Relations, on Friday put a…

Netanyahu’s simple bomb graphic confuses the nuclear experts

Netanyahu's simple bomb graphic confuses the nuclear experts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stole the spotlight at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday when he pulled out a comic book-like diagram of a bomb midway through his podium address, figuratively drawing the red line on the Iranian nuclear program that he…

U.S. and Mexico in food fight over tomatoes

US, Mexico in food fight over tomatoes: How messy will it get? The tomato, one of America’s favorite vegetables, is the focus of a burgeoning cross-border food fight that Mexican officials say could escalate into a broader trade war. Mexican exporters currently supply about half the tomatoes consumed in the…

Rep. Peter King calls on UN envoy Susan Rice to resign over Libya attack

A top Republican lawmaker demanded Friday that US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice resign, charging she misled Americans over the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi. Congressman Peter King’s intervention was the latest effort by Republicans to make the White House pay a political price over the…

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