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U.S. ties Mexican oil service company to Zeta drugrunners

The United States placed restrictive sanctions on a Mexican oil services subcontractor Wednesday, labelling it an arm of the ultra-violent Los Zetas drug trafficking group. The US Treasury said Veracruz-based ADT Petroservicios, a longtime subcontractor to state oil company Pemex, was a money-laundering avenue of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s…

‘Threatening message’ forces New York-bound flight back to Beijing

An Air China plane bound for New York was forced to return to Beijing on Wednesday after receiving a “threatening message” but nothing unusual was found, the airline and state media said. Air China flight 981 returned to the Beijing Capital International Airport to “guarantee passenger safety”, the airline said…

Picasso, Duchamp in first ever face-off in Stockholm

Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art is pitting Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, two of the 20th century’s modernist greats, against each other in a new exhibition opposing their contrasting approaches to art. “Picasso/Duchamp: He was wrong” opened Saturday, the title based on Picasso’s reputed laconic remark on learning of Duchamp’s…

Pentagon’s progress against sexual assault is slow

Why Pentagon's progress against sexual assault is so slow For Myla Haider, working as a criminal investigator prosecuting rape cases for the US Army was difficult and often disheartening. On one occasion, her unit’s commander – skeptical of a reported rape victim’s story – told her to advise the victim…

Republicans in Tampa flock to anti-Obama film

There’s nothing like going to the movies on a rainy day, and in storm-drenched Tampa Republicans have flocked to “2016: Obama’s America,” a right-wing documentary and surprise box-office hit. The film provides a dark vision of what would happen if President Barack Obama wins a second term in the November…

Democrats better for Wall Street than Republicans, research shows

Analysis of stock market returns under every president since 1900 shows Democrats do almost twice as well as Republicans on average As ever, the economy will be the key issue in the US presidential race. Mitt Romney’s aim will be to brand Barack Obama a failure for his stewardship and…

Americans wounded in Mexico ‘were CIA employees’

Two Americans wounded when their US embassy vehicle came under fire in Mexico were employed by the Central Intelligence Agency as part of an anti-drug task force, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The two were driving with a Mexican navy captain to a military training facility south of Mexico…

UPDATE: ‘Miscommunication’ triggers hijack alert at Amsterdam

[Edit. Note: This story was updated from a previous version.] Dutch authorities scrambled fighter jets Wednesday after an alert over a feared hijacking of an airliner but it turned out to be a false alarm that officials blamed on “miscommunication.” Two F-16 warplanes were sent up to escort the Vueling…

Colbert does the talking for Todd Akin

Stephen Colbert took on what he called “the other storm” swirling around the Republican Party on The Colbert Report Tuesday night – Missouri senatorial candidate Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” debacle from last week – by donning the congressman’s face in order to expand on Akin’s position. “All he’s saying…

World of Warcraft players in Iran hit by U.S. sanctions

Blizzard prevents Iranian gamers from accessing the popular online role playing game due to trade restrictions Iranian gamers have been shut out of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. Publisher Activision Blizzard has said that it is complying with US trade sanctions on the country. Last week,…

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