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No credible threat to NATO summit: FBI

CHICAGO — There is no credible terror threat to the NATO summit set to get underway Sunday in Chicago but security forces will nonetheless be on high alert, a spokesman for the FBI said Thursday. “Obviously Chicago in the post-9/11 world has been considered a prime terrorist attack (target),” FBI…

U.S. stresses future France role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States stressed Thursday that France would still contribute to the NATO operation in Afghanistan, despite new President Francois Hollande’s promise to withdraw combat troops this year. A day before Obama welcomes Hollande to the Oval Office for their first meeting, the White House stressed that the…

Americans Elect abandons bid to end two-party stranglehold

Americans Elect, a well-financed group that aimed to help a viable third party candidate enter this November’s presidential race, has announced it is ending its web-based push to break America’s two-party system. The organisation, which was founded with millions of dollars from its initial wealthy backers, had little trouble in…

Trayvon Martin post mortem reveals traces of marijuana in 17-year-old’s system

Trayvon Martin had traces of marijuana in his system on the night he was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch leader later charged with the teenager’s murder, a post mortem report has revealed. According to the document released ton Thursday by prosecutors in Florida, traces of the drug THC, the…

House Democrats propose online voter registration

House Democrats on Thursday introduced voting legislation designed to counter restrictions on voting rights that have been enacted across the country since 2010. “The ability to vote should be easy, accessible and simple,” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the sponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act, said. “Yet there are practices and…

Obama’s former literary agency claimed he was born in Kenya

Breitbart News reported on Thursday that a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by President Barack Obama’s then-literary agency claimed he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” Obama has been dogged by questions about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States since 2008. Many…

Researchers untangle complex genetic processes underlying breast cancer

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have begun to unravel the complex processes that cause breast cancer, identifying a variety of genetic mutations that emerge during tumor growth. Their research found that a variety of naturally-occurring mutations in the DNA cells can initiate different sequences of mutations that eventually…

Senate approves new Federal Reserve governors

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Thursday confirmed two Obama administration nominees to the board of the Federal Reserve after Republicans kept them on hold since December. The confirmations of economist Jeremy Stein and investment banker Jerome Powell will bring the Fed’s board up to full strength of seven governors for…

Senate to ask JPMorgan chief to testify

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase’s embattled chief executive Jamie Dimon will be invited to testify before the Senate Banking Committee to discuss the huge trading losses announced by the largest US bank, a lawmaker said Thursday. Banking Committee chairman Senator Tim Johnson expressed his intent to call Dimon as a witness…

Clinton wants Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners freed

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appealed Thursday for Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners to be freed, following previous releases under reforms in the military-dominated state. “We also would like to see the release of any continued political prisoners,” Clinton told reporters during a press conference with Myanmar Foreign…

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