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Obama offers wishes to Mandela on birthday

US President Barack Obama hailed Nelson Mandela on his 93rd birthday Monday, saying the former South African leader remains “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation.” A statement issued by the White House on behalf of the president and his wife…

Gay Cuban man, transsexual to wed on Fidel’s birthday

HAVANA (Reuters) – A Cuban gay rights activist and his transsexual bride plan to marry on former President Fidel Castro’s birthday next month in a move aimed at advancing homosexual rights on the communist-ruled Caribbean island. Wendy Iriepa, 37, who became a woman in Cuba’s first state-sanctioned free sex change…

World’s oldest man greets 114th birthday in western Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – The world’s oldest man greeted his 114th birthday in rural JapanTuesday with a breakfast of grilled sea bream, miso soup and red-bean rice — telling interviewers he planned to live until the age of 120. Former postal workerJirouemon Kimura told city officials of his native Kyotango in western Japan that…

Poll: Americans say Reagan the best president, favor George W. Bush to Thomas Jefferson

Who is the greatest president in the history of the United States? If you’re asking a random sampling of Americans, as the Gallup polling firm recently did, it would be none other than Ronald Reagan. A recent Gallup survey found that at 19 percent, Reagan topped the list for the…

Nobel laureate Liu marks 55th birthday in prison

Jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo marked his 55th birthday on Tuesday in a prison in northeast China, prompting renewed calls from rights groups for his immediate release. Liu, a writer and one-time professor, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Christmas Day last year on subversion charges after…

Obama skeptics wish president a ‘happy birther day’

Poll: More than 25% still doubt Obama born in United States It could be worse. Orly Taitz could be popping out of a cake to croon “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” “It’s surely not what the leader of the free world wants for his birthday,” CNN’s Political Ticker notes. “But, for…

On Medicare anniversary, lawmakers tout inevitability of single payer

A trio of progressives in Congress invoked the 45th birthday of Medicare Friday to call for a national single payer health insurance system, predicting it’s “inevitable” if Americans want lower costs. “It has never been more important to have a strong movement behind Medicare for All,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders…

US media ignores birthday of America’s most famous death row inmate

Unless you live in Philadelphia, you might not have known that America’s most famous death row inmate celebrated his birthday recently. That’s because the story, along with a flurry of local activism surrounding that date, was almost entirely ignored by the US media — and the blackout didn’t just extend…

CIA had birthday cake ready for suicide bomber that killed 7

CIA officers in Afghanistan were so eager to meet the spy they believed would help them crack al-Qaida’s leadership they planned a birthday celebration for his visit in December, current and former U.S. officials said. A birthday cake was waiting. But before they could even begin to question their golden…

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