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Yemen’s Saleh arrives in New York for treatment

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is due to step down next month, arrived Saturday in New York on a politically loaded visit to seek medical treatment for bombing wounds. The embattled leader flew from Oman to the United States with a brief refueling stop at Stansted Airport outside London,…

Arabs suspend observer mission, Syria deaths spike

The Arab League suspended its controversial observer mission in Syria on Saturday as the bloodshed in a crackdown on anti-regime protests spiked, with the death toll topping 210 in four days. The announcement came as the opposition Syrian National Council said its leader would travel to New York to press…

Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.” Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted…

U.S. military reaches further into Asia

The United States is forging ahead with plans to expand its military power in Asia, with the Philippines and other allies welcoming troops and the Pentagon devoting funds to design cutting-edge weapons. Despite pressure to curb spending, President Barack Obama has made clear that he will put a top priority on maintaining the US military’s dominant role…

Sanctions take their toll on ordinary Iranians

A raft of Western economic sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme are increasingly stifling the lives of ordinary Iranians, hit by rising inflation and growing isolation. EU and US banking sanctions put in place 18 months ago, and reinforced on Monday, have fuelled Iran’s runaway inflation and triggered a collapse in the…

Murdoch staff arrested, office searched in probe

Detectives on Saturday searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun and arrested four journalists and a policeman in a widening probe into the bribing of police for information. The development finally drags Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper into the turmoil at Murdoch’s empire, after its stablemate the News of the World was shut down in disgrace in July…

Supporters dream, but establishment dreads Gingrich win

His supporters make thousands of campaign calls and blanketFlorida with signs as they dream of Newt Gingrich in the White House, but for many in his Republican Party such a scenario would be nothing short of a nightmare. After the former House speaker’s shock win in South Carolina, morale soared at Newt headquarters in this…

Obama calls for bipartisan cooperation in Congress

US President Barack Obama called Saturday for Democrats and Republicans to cooperate in Congress, saying they should put aside personal ambition to tackle important issues together. “We weren’t sent here to wage perpetual political campaigns against each other,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “We were sent here to serve the American people.…

Accused Utah school bomb plotter said inspired by Columbine

ROY, Utah (Reuters) – One of two Utah teenagers accused of plotting to set off a bomb at a school assembly was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado and visited the high school there to interview its principal, authorities said in court papers released on Friday. The revelations…

Arizona judge bars candidate from seekling office because of English proficiency

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A woman barred from seeking elected office in an Arizona border town by a judge who ruled she did not have a sufficient grasp of English has decided to fight the controversial ruling, and filed an appeal on Friday, her lawyer said. A Yuma County judge disqualified…

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