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Tracy Morgan apologizes for extreme homophobic rant

Comedian Tracy Morgan apologized Friday for a comedy routine in Nashville last week that many have condemned as anti-gay. “I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville,” Morgan said in a statement. “I’m…

Obama administration divided over future ties with Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The administration of US President Barack Obama is divided over the future of its relationship with Pakistan following the killing of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, The Washington Post reported Sunday. US commandos killed bin Laden in an urban compound only 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the Pakistani…

Mating game: Too much choice will leave you lonely

PARIS – Scientists have made a surprising discovery: The more options you have for choosing a lover, the likelier you are to end up with no-one. British investigators, in a new study released on Wednesday, looked at the strange dynamics of choice in speed-dating, a fashionable way for singles to…

Obama’s new chief of staff opposed health reform and consumer protection agency

William Daley, who was named White House chief of staff on Thursday, has expressed opposition to two of President Barack Obama’s major initiatives, which he will now be required to defend against Republicans seeking to derail them. Daley, an executive at JPMorgan Chase and former US commerce secretary, last year…

Obama: being gay is not a choice

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he believed being gay or transsexual was not a lifestyle choice but was biologically dictated before birth. As his administration is criticized by gay and lesbian rights groups over what they see as slow progress towards repealing a ban on gays…

Israel’s choice is settlements or peace, say Palestinians

Israel must chose between “settlements or peace,” Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said on Monday ahead of the September 2 restart of negotiations in Washington. “The choice of the Israeli government is settlement or peace, they cannot have both,” he said at a news conference in Ramallah, the political capital…

Transsexual’s memoir breaks new ground in Arab world

BEIRUT — In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world’s underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle to become a woman against all odds. “Mouzakarat Randa al-Trans”, or “The Memoirs of Randa the Trans”, is a brutally honest narrative that traces Randa’s battles with…

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