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Western eyes: Asian women contemplate eyelid surgery

This documentary follows two Asian-Canadian women who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon believe that their looks affect how others see them. Filmmaker Ann Shin helps show the pain that lies behind the desire for plastic surgery. This is from The National Film Board, uploaded in 2000.…

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans

Faced with a looming vote on a planned one-year extension of special powers authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama White House did not object or propose reforms, as the president vowed to do as a candidate. The Obama administration instead asked Congress to grant those powers for an…

Man says ex-CIA agent Posada gave him explosives for hotel bombing

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, a Salvadoran man told The Associated Press that a former CIA operative gave him powerful explosives and cash to carry out a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba. Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by Luis Posada Carriles to enable…

Hearing set in US request for Twitter accounts

WASHINGTON – A US judge is to hear arguments next week about the US government’s efforts to get Twitter to hand over information on the accounts of three people connected with WikiLeaks. The hearing is scheduled to be held on February 15 in a federal court in Alexandria, Virgina, according…

US Midwest braces for new round of snow

CHICAGO – A large swathe of the US South and Midwest still digging out from last week’s huge snowfall faced more wintry weather Wednesday as the fifth major storm of the season forced several states to close schools and kept many residents homebound. The powerful winter storm began coating parts…

Democratic Senator Jim Webb not seeking re-election in 2012

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2012. He joins several over Senate Democrats in calling it quits after the 112th Congress, including Sens. Kent Conrad (ND), Byron Dorgan (ND), and Joe Lieberman (CT), an independent who caucuses with Democrats. The…

Republicans push tax hike on private insurance plans with abortion coverage

WASHINGTON – A provision in a high-priority Republican bill would effectively hike taxes on private insurance plans that include abortion coverage, representing a significant threat to the pro-abortion-rights movement. The provision is in Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) measure HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” which has 173…

Rumsfeld: Guantanamo one of world’s ‘finest’ prisons

WASHINGTON — The “war on terror” prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is “one of the finest prison systems in the world,” former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown,”…

US appeals to reopen Blackwater case

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court met behind closed doors Tuesday as the government appealed a judge’s decision to clear five former guards with security company Blackwater of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The three appeals court judges agreed to a request from all sides for the hearing into…

Iowa focus group: Obama’s still a Muslim

An Iowa Republican focus group thinks that President Barack Obama is acting against the interests of the US in the Egyptian crisis because he is a Muslim. This video is from Fox News, uploaded on February 07, 2011.…

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