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Complexities may deadlock former Gov. Blagojevich jurors

Complexities of corruption case against former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich may deadlock jurors Jurors who have spent the last 11 days deliberating in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have been able to listen to more than 100 excerpts of wiretap tapes, look through any notes they…

Furious US lawmaker blocks Afghan aid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A senior US lawmaker has angrily blocked billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan, vowing not to give “one more dime” until Afghan President Hamid Karzai acts against corruption. Representative Nita Lowey, who sits on the powerful committee in charge of the budget, said she would hold…

Obama makes surprise first Kabul visit since ordering surge

KABUL (AFP) – US President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan Sunday for a surprise first visit to the country since ordering a huge surge of 30,000 troops in a bid to end the bloody eight-year war. Obama’s trip, shrouded in secrecy for security reasons, opened with talks with President Hamid…

Video: Candid camera sex scandal shocks Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians were shocked on Thursday after Israeli TV aired a graphic video showing a senior official caught on a hidden camera soliciting sex from a job applicant. The video, parts of which aired on Israel’s Channel 10 earlier this week, was shot by former Palestinian intelligence…

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