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Romney holds firm on Russia as geopolitical ‘opponent’

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney stood firm Tuesday in painting Russia as a key geopolitical foe, warning that Moscow pursues policies that are “antithetical” to US interests. “Of course we’re not enemies. We’re not fighting each other, there’s no Cold War,” Romney told Fox Radio in an…

Military investigation calls for punishment of troops in Koran burning

WASHINGTON — A US military investigation has recommended disciplinary action for up to seven troops over their role in the burning of Korans at a base in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday. No final decision has been made yet on the findings of a probe that examined the torching…

Rep. King to hold yet another ‘Muslim radicalization’ hearing

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-NY) announced Tuesday he would convene a fifth hearing to investigate the radicalization of the Muslim community in the United States. “When I began this series of investigative hearings in March of last year to examine radicalization within the Muslim-American community, I was…

Board of Immigration Appeals rejects ‘DOMA denials’ for binational same sex couples

The Board of Immigration Appeals has rejected the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ denial of four green cards for married gay and lesbian binational couples. The rejection means that the USCIS must complete a full fact-finding investigation to determine whether the foreign spouses qualify for a green card under the…

Mark Ruffalo and Tom Morello launch Robin Hood tax plan to outlaw Wall Street excess

Actor Mark Ruffalo and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello have launched a new US campaign for a “Robin Hood tax”, a small levy on Wall Street transactions that organisers say could generate hundred of billions of dollars a year. The campaign, backed by National Nurses United, the largest nursing…

JPMorgan traders didn’t know the risks: CEO

WASHINGTON — Traders in the JPMorgan unit behind a $2 billion loss had little understanding of the risks they took, CEO Jamie Dimon told US lawmakers Tuesday as they grilled regulators for failing to spot the debacle. Regulators said there were supervisory failures at the banking giant but assured there…

Rutgers student in gay webcam case released from prison

NEW YORK — An Indian student who was convicted of illegally filming his gay roommate on a webcam was released Tuesday 10 days early for good conduct and time worked, a prison official said. Dharun Ravi, age 20, served 20 days of a 30-day sentence in a case that sparked…

Syria added to U.S. human trafficking blacklist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday added Syria to a blacklist of countries failing to abide by conventions barring human trafficking and slavery, a move which leads to sanctions and cuts in US aid. “The government of Syria does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination…

CREW: Obama shares responsibility for campaign finance mess

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and 11 other groups on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration’s “tepid response” to a petition calling for new commissioners for the Federal Election Commission (FEC). “Our organizations read with great disappointment the White House’s lackluster response to our petition calling on you to…

Solitary confinement on trial: Senators consider human rights issues in U.S. prisons

The first-ever congressional hearing on the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has begun in Washington. Members of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and human rights are hearing testimony from a range of speakers including a former prisoner who spent years locked alone in his…

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