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British lawmaker slammed for suggesting date rape not ‘serious’

LONDON — Justice Secretary Ken Clarke on Thursday rejected calls to resign over controversial remarks he made about rape, but said he would choose his words more carefully in the future. The veteran Conservative politician refused to apologise after widespread condemnation of his apparent suggestion that date rape was not…

Palin ‘due in Israel’ for private visit

JERUSALEM — Sarah Palin, darling of the US Republican right, is to arrive in Israel at the weekend for a “private visit” during which she will meet Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, media reports said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Israeli premier could not immediately confirm a report in the top-selling…