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French forces rescue Japanese ambassador to Ivory Coast during firefight

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Heavy weapons fire erupted in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan on Thursday after Japan’s ambassador was rescued overnight from fierce battles involving fighters for would-be president Alassane Ouattara. Gunfire was heard around the presidential palace and the residence of strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power…

Yemen police open fire on protesters wounding four

SANAA – Yemeni police opened fire on demonstrators attempting to expand a protest camp in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday wounding at least four, medics said. The police fired both tear gas and live rounds in an effort to prevent the protesters against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three-decade rule expanding…

Obama to lift freeze on new Guantanamo trials

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Monday he would lift the two-year freeze on new military trials for Guantanamo Bay terror suspects and issued new guidelines on the treatment of those held indefinitely. Obama, who has been thwarted in his desire to close the camp in Cuba which he…

Guantanamo prisoner dies while exercising: military

MIAMI – An Afghan prisoner collapsed and died at the Guantanamo detention center after working out on an exercise machine, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Awal Malim Gul, who was accused of being a Taliban commander and al Qaeda associate, died at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base on…

No end soon for Guantanamo: White House

WASHINGTON — The White House admitted Sunday it would be unable to shut Guantanamo Bay in the near future, even as it acknowledged the US naval prison camp is a rallying cry for Islamic extremists. Nearly a year has passed since President Barack Obama’s self-imposed deadline to shutter the camp,…

Chinese woman given hard labor for Tweet

BEIJING — A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp after she retweeted a Twitter post that mocked anti-Japanese protesters, according to human rights groups. A court on Monday convicted Cheng Jianping, 46, of “disturbing social order” after she added a few words to a…

GOP House hopeful Jim Russell praised racist practices, advocated eugenics in 2001 essay

Candidate ‘exposed as racist,’ publication declares A New York Republican hoping to displace the long-serving Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey will face an increasingly steep climb to electoral victory thanks to a revelation by Politico’s Maggie Haberman, who dug up some of his published works and noted a number of distinctly…

Juror removed from trial for saying Gitmo should be closed

Gitmo jurors believe US hasn’t used torture to extract confessions: report President Barack Obama has said repeatedly that he wants to see the Guantanamo prison camp shut down. But holding that opinion is apparently enough to disqualify you from jury duty at the Gitmo military tribunals. A US Army lieutenant…

Dancers from Ohio strip club protest at church

Ohio strip club dancers in bikinis protest at church that has been picketing them for 4 years The owner of an Ohio strip club and some of his dancers have been protesting at a church that has done the same to them for four years. Women in bikinis sat in…

Venezuela breaks diplomatic ties with Colombia

CARACAS — Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with Colombia Thursday in a worsening row over public accusations from Bogota that it was providing a safe haven to leftist guerrillas. “I announce with a tear in the heart: Venezuela breaks off from this moment all relations with the government of Colombia,”…

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