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Airport geese to be cooked for poor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said. The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane…

Anglican Church to allow gay bishops

LONDON (AFP) – The Anglican Church was on Monday set to approve controversial guidelines allowing openly homosexual clergy to become bishops. In a paper due to be published Monday, the Church will seek to move in line with Britain’s Equality Act by updating its rules to permit celibate homosexual men…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry stays coy about GOP presidential run

The Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, continued this weekend to play coy about whether he will throw his ten-gallon hat in the ring for the GOP nomination for the presidency. At the Republican Leadership Conference, he delivered a speech that brought the gathered crowd of conservatives to its feet,…

Herman Cain: ‘I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m anti-terrorist’

Republican presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain once again defended his anti-Muslim remarks to a group of bloggers over the weekend. Cain has said that he would sooner appoint openly gay cabinet members than one those of Muslim faith, because “they are not going to try and…

Bonner was ‘extraordinary voice’ for human rights: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States expressed sadness Sunday over the death of former Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, hailing the tireless critic of Vladimir Putin as an “extraordinary voice” for human rights. “We note with profound sadness the death of Yelena Bonner, an extraordinary voice among human rights defenders in…

Weak Al-Qaeda could splinter: Gates

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that Al-Qaeda had been seriously degraded and could split into a set of regional terror groups now that Osama bin Laden was gone. “First of all, they have been significantly weakened. There’s just no two ways about it,” Gates told…

Two policemen rescued from brink of Niagara Falls

MONTREAL (AFP) – A Canadian helicopter pilot was being hailed Sunday as a hero after mounting a daring weekend rescue, plucking two New York policemen from their stranded boat in swirling waters just above Niagara Falls. The Toronto Star newspaper reported that the US officers — who themselves were out…

U.S. in ‘outreach’ to Taliban: Gates

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Sunday that US officials were involved in preliminary talks with the Taliban to seek a political solution to the Afghan war but said he didn’t expect significant progress for months. Gates also said recent gains on the ground in Afghanistan meant President…

New Orleans police face trial in post-Katrina killings

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Five New Orleans police officers accused of indiscriminately shooting people in the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina face a high-profile trial in the coming week. The deadly 2005 shooting on the Danziger Bridge and resulting cover-up came to epitomize the city’s failure to protect its…

Axelrod: GOP candidate Jon Huntsman was ‘effusive’ about Obama

Former Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said last week that Barack Obama had “failed” as president. But Obama’s chief campaign strategist says that Huntsman sang the president’s praises in private while serving as the ambassador to China. “It was a little surprising to me because when we were in Shanghai…

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