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Chavez believes he has beaten cancer

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he believes he has beaten cancer and will be strong enough to rule for another six years if he wins re-election on October 7. Speaking aboard an open-air truck Saturday as it wound its way through tens of thousands of supporters who had…

Thousands protest in Indonesia over anti-Islam film

JAKARTA — Thousands of Indonesians on Sunday chanted anti-American slogans outside the US embassy in Jakarta, in the latest protest against a film that sparked demonstrations in at least 20 countries. At least 3,000 supporters of the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) gathered outside the US mission, but there was…

NFL referees ratify eight-year deal to officially end lockout

DALLAS, Texas — National Football League Referees Association members voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to approve a new eight-year deal with the league to officially end a lockout that began in June. The union’s executive committee struck a deal with the NFL on Wednesday night, about 48 hours after a botched…

Obama, Romney prepare for debates as running mates spar

BELMONT, Massachusetts — US President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney prepared for Wednesday’s debate this weekend, leaving their running mates to spar over policy and seek votes in key swing states. With the president off the campaign trail just 38 days before Americans vote on November 6, Romney spent…

Biden: I don’t recognize Mitt Romney’s America

Vice-president tells supporters in Florida that Romney’s 47% remarks show a ‘profound misunderstanding’ of America Joe Biden continued his criticism of Mitt Romney on Saturday, telling a 2,000-strong crowd in Florida that does not recognise Romney’s vision of America as a country dependent on government handouts. The vice-president was campaigning…

Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rock New York to fight poverty

The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rocked New York’s Central Park with a free concert highlighting efforts to combat extreme poverty around the world. An estimated 60,000 people flocked to the Manhattan park’s Great Lawn on Saturday, for the event organized by the Global Poverty Project. Unlike past…

Paul Ryan to do three-day debate prep in Virginia

Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan will break off the campaign trail next week for three days of debate preparation ahead of his face-off with US Vice President Joe Biden, a campaign aide said. Ryan will hunker down for “three days in Virginia for debate prep,” campaign aide Brendan Buck…

Obama bucking economic omens as election looms

Barack Obama enters his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney this week apparently winning an election that economic precedent and the weight of political history suggest he should lose. High unemployment, slow growth and polls showing most Americans think their country is on the wrong track would normally doom his…

Polish opposition draws thousands for anti-government rally

Tens of thousands of opponents of Poland’s centrist government massed in the capital Saturday for a protest called by trade unions, an ultra-Catholic movement and politicians. Organisers put the turnout at 100,000, while Polish media estimated the number at 40,000, but neither figure was immediately confirmed by police. Mustered by…

Univision promises ‘the untold story’ of what ‘Fast and Furious’ has wrought in Mexico

Univision: The untold story of what 'Fast and Furious' wrought in Mexico When a journalist for Univision asked President Obama last week why he hasn’t fired Attorney General Eric Holder over the “Fast and Furious” gun walking fiasco, the reporter, it turns out, had an inside scoop that added urgency…

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