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Wisconsin governor gives Democrats ultimatum

MADISON, Wisc. (Reuters) – Republican Governor Scott Walker on Monday gave absent Democratic lawmakers an ultimatum to return to Wisconsin within 24 hours and vote on a proposal to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state would miss out on a huge debt restructuring. Wisconsin Democrats meanwhile…

Wisconsin police association urges members to join sleep-in at Capitol

Wisconsin lawmakers approved a rule change on Wednesday that would allow them to close the State Capitol building over the weekend and eject the protesters who have been camping there for the last week. The new restrictions on items and sleeping areas within the Capitol were to go into effect…

Palestinians renew protest against US veto

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday rallied in the West Bank against the US veto of a UN Security Council resolution criticising Israeli settlement building. In Nablus, at least 5,000 people, many waving flags or holding banners, lashed out at President Barack Obama’s administration for nixing the…

Quake kills 65 in New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’

Update: Up to 30 million tons of ice have split off from the Tasman glacier, causing waves over 3.5 meters high. More here CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – A powerful earthquake killed at least 65 people in New Zealand’s second city Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles and leaving hundreds…

US home building stagnant

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes in the United States grew by nearly 15 percent last month, but remained near levels seen since the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, official data showed Wednesday. At an annual rate of 596,000 starts, building in January was 2.6 percent below the levels seen in the…

Egypt protesters undeterred by crackdown threat

CAIRO – Thousands more Egyptian demonstrators joined a mounting tide of protest against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime on Thursday, despite stark threats of a government crackdown. The revolt now holds two permanent protest camps in Cairo, blocking both the parliament building and the city’s iconic Tahrir Square with noisy rallies…

Customers queue at Egypt banks after protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – A steady stream of employees flowed into Cairo’s financial district and customers queued to access their accounts on Sunday, the first day for the country’s banks to open after a week-long closure due to political protests. Bankers are bracing for chaos in dealing rooms with foreign investors…

US backs off calls for West Bank settlement freeze

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday suspended its demand for Israel to renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, throwing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks into deeper disarray. President Barack Obama presided over the relaunch of direct negotiations in Washington in September, only to see them bog…

Geraldo ‘much more open minded’ about 9/11 thanks to NYC television ads

A new television ad campaign featuring the family members of 9/11 victims has succeeded in garnering what 9/11 activists have lacked for years: serious treatment in the mainstream media. Granted, that media was Fox News host Geraldo Rivera, who in a former iteration ran a Jerry Springer-like daytime talk show.…

Clinton criticizes Israeli expanded building plan

Clinton calls Israeli building plan counterproductive to US efforts to revive peace talks Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is criticizing Israel’s new construction plans for disputed east Jerusalem as an obstacle to reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In remarks at the State Department, Clinton said the U.S. was “deeply disappointed”…

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