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WikiLeaks revelation sours U.S.-Philippine relations

The Philippine foreign minister on Wednesday slammed a former US ambassador as a “dismal failure” in an angry reaction to a secret cable published by anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Albert del Rosario assailed Kristie Kenney, who stepped down as US ambassador to Manila last year, after she allegedly criticised the Philippines’…

WikiLeaks says hit with cyberattack

Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net website where digital…

U.S. fears individuals at risk after WikiLeaks dump

The United States voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said “the United States…

Perry slams Texas court for rule against abortion law

Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday slammed a court ruling that invalidated parts of a law he signed that would force doctors to conduct a sonogram for women seeking an abortion. “This important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the…

Asian shares mostly up on U.S. stimulus hopes

Asian markets were mostly up Wednesday, extending a recent rally on renewed hopes for a fresh round of US monetary easing despite weak consumer confidence data in the United States and Europe. Sydney rose 0.56 percent, or 27.3 points, to 4,296.5 while Hong Kong jumped 1.64 percent, or 330.68 points,…

U.S. investigating Oracle over possible bribery

US authorities have been investigating Oracle for at least a year to see if the business software titan violated anti-bribery laws in its overseas business, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department have been pressing…

Islamist says ‘sorry’ for killing U.S. airmen

A 21-year-old man from Kosovo apologised in court Wednesday for killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport as they headed to Afghanistan, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda. “I want to apologize to everyone,” Arid Uka told the court in Frankfurt, western Germany, on the first day of…

Floods strand thousands in U.S. after Irene

Thousands remained cut off by severe flooding across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York Wednesday in the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which has killed nearly 50 people. US President Barack Obama signed a declaration that a “major disaster” existed in parts of North Carolina and New York, paving…

Gunman opens fire on office of Democratic lawmaker

The Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department are investigating two gunshots that were fired through the window of U.S. Rep. Gene Green’s (D-TX) office Tuesday. Houston Police told Fox 26 that they were not ruling out the possibility the shots could have come from a BB or…

Judge blocks parts of Texas abortion law on sonograms

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – A federal judge temporarily blocked key provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday that would require women seeking the procedure to view a sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of their fetus. The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday,…

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