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U.S.-backed Afghan police accused of serious abuses

An Afghan police force funded and supported by the United States is getting away with serious abuses including rape and murder, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Monday. The findings raise fresh questions about the Western exit strategy from Afghanistan and about handing full control of…

Pawlenty endorses Romney, slams Perry on Social Security

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced his endorsement for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination race Monday morning. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Pawlenty officially declared his support for his good friend. “The next president is going to need to lead on the economy in a new way, and…

Pawlenty endorses Romney, slams Perry on Social Security

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced his endorsement for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination race Monday morning. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Pawlenty officially declared his support for his good friend. “The next president is going to need to lead on the economy in a new way, and…

US sports shows its colors in 9/11 observance

United States sports fans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by unfurling giant American flags inside sold-out stadiums accompanied by racous chants of “USA! USA!” The anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York was also observed by pregame ceremonies and tearful moments of…

Obama to send jobs bill to Congress

US President Barack Obama will ratchet up pressure on Republicans on Monday by sending his $447 billion American Jobs Act to Congress and calling on lawmakers to pass it, a White House official said. Obama will hold an event in the Rose Garden of the White House including people who…

Auto makers defy crisis at IAA motor show

Clouds may be gathering over the global economy, but auto makers are revving up to try and dispel any gloom with nearly 90 new models at the world’s biggest motor show, the IAA. With more than 1,000 exhibitors from 32 countries crowding into 235,000 square metres (23 hectares) of the…

Republican candidates head to Florida for key debate

Florida finds itself in the thick of the battle for the White House Monday, hosting a Republican debate in which the fate of entitlement programs could take center stage in a state with a huge proportion of elderly voters. Eight candidates will converge on the Florida State Fairgrounds for the…

Airplane bathroom sex blamed for terror alert

With security officials on edge for the tenth anniversary of 2001′s World Trade Center attack, even something as trivial as passengers spending too much time in an airplane bathroom proved sufficient to cause fighter jets to be scrambled and bomb squads called in. ABC News reported on Sunday that there…

Joint Chiefs chairman praises 10 years of war as America’s ‘vengeance’

By Dan De Luce WASHINGTON — US military and political leaders on Sunday paid solemn tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and to troops who have waged a war of “vengeance” in the decade since. “Lives ended in this place. Dreams were shattered. Futures were…

Zakaria destroys Rumsfeld’s Iraq war talking points

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn’t letting go of his talking points that support the U.S. invasion of Iraq following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Exactly 10 years after those attacks, Rumsfeld suggested to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Sunday that Iraq had been “hospitable” to al Qaeda before the…

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