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Family Radio chief Harold Camping silent as Rapture fails to occur

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With no sign his forecast of Judgment Day arriving on Saturday has come true, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent. Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message…

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Obama: Do not chase Mideast peace ‘based on illusions’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Barack Obama against chasing what he called a Middle East peace “based on illusions” as he lectured the US president amid a widening rift in US-Israeli ties. In a dramatic Oval Office appearance, after 90 minutes of talks Friday, Prime Minister…

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn released to house arrest after sexual assault charges

NEW YORK (AFP) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was spending his first day outside a prison on Saturday after his lawyers posted $6 million bond in the wake of his indictment on sexual assault and attempted rape charges. Strauss-Kahn was freed from New York’s Rikers Island jail on Friday,…

Libyan leaders: Obama is ‘delusional’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO warplanes hit eight vessels of Moamer Kadhafi’s navy, the alliance said as US President Barack Obama answered constitutional questions regarding the length of the Libyan conflict. Also Friday, the United States said it delivered 120,000 Halal meals to Libyan rebels as part of US plans to…

Spanish protesters cheer for ‘world revolution’ as ban on demonstration takes effect

MADRID — Thousands of protesters in Madrid furious over soaring unemployment staged a silent protest and then erupted in cheers of joy as a 48-hour ban on their demonstration took effect on Saturday. “Now we are all illegal” and “the people united will never be defeated,” were among the chants…

UN to study implications of Japan’s nuclear crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday launched a study of the health, safety and security impact of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in March. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations would undertake “a U.N. system-wide…

Israeli PM Netanyahu: U.S. ‘does not understand reality’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel said the United States ”does not understand reality” as its leader arrived in Washington on Friday after President Barack Obama endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on borders of a future state. In a policy speech on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit, Obama laid down his clearest markers yet on the…

New Zealand Revenue Minister Peter Dunne defends ‘dead possum’ hairdo

WELLINGTON — A New Zealand minister has hit out at critics of his “dead possum” haircut, chastising bald-headed journalists for mocking his manicured mane. In a light-hearted video blog posted on YouTube this week, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said too much attention was paid to his bouffant hairstyle. “What’s this…

Battle lines drawn as Europe, developing world angle for IMF’s top post

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Battle lines were shaping up over the choice of a new leader for the International Monetary Fund on Friday as the Fund’s board searched for a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn. European nations have moved to keep their lock on the IMF’s top job after Strauss-Kahn said early…

IMF chief gets $1 million bail in sex assault case

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set for release on bail Friday, allowing the once powerful IMF chief to be reunited with his family for the first time since his arrest on sex assault charges. A New York court ordered him to be released as early as Friday on…

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