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Attention shifts to Strauss-Kahn’s accuser

Attention in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex case shifted Sunday to the accuser, a New York hotel maid who now faces mounting credibility problems, as the ex-IMF chief enjoyed a second day of newfound freedom. The former French politician remained Sunday in his rented townhouse in Lower Manhattan with his wife…

Panetta will not gut military despite spending concerns

WASHINGTON — Incoming US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is determined to avoid gutting the American military despite the prospect of difficult budget decisions looming, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. “He (Panetta) believes that it is a false choice between fiscal responsibility and national security,” spokesman Douglas Wilson told reporters. Amid…

U.S. ready to arm Philippines amid China tension

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it was ready to provide hardware to modernize the military of the Philippines, which vowed to “stand up to aggressive action” amid rising tension at sea with China. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, on a visit to Washington, said the Philippines hoped to…

Senate confirms Leon Panetta to head Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The US Senate unanimously confirmed Leon Panetta’s nomination to be defense secretary on Tuesday, hailing his successes as CIA chief just as major challenges await him in Afghanistan and Libya. All 100 members of the Senate approved the nomination of Panetta, a rare move of unanimity for a…

Senate report: The Latin American war on drugs has ‘largely failed’

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding. The report comes just a…

U.S. pediatrician on trial for raping toddlers

GEORGETOWN, Delaware — A Delaware pediatrician went on trial for allegedly raping or sexually exploiting 86 young patients, all girls except one and almost all younger than three. Earl Bradley has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts against him, and sat quietly in gray prison scrubs as a veteran state…

US defense rests case in trial of alleged Mumbai attacks co-conspirator

CHICAGO – The defense in the trial of an alleged co-conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai attacks rested its case Monday without the defendant taking to the stand. Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 50, is charged with three counts of providing material support to terrorists by acting as a messenger and…

Terrorists planned to kill Lockheed Martin CEO as response to drone bombings

CHICAGO (AFP) – A Pakistini-based branch of Al-Qaeda was hatching a plot to kill the head of US defense group Lockheed Martin, self-confessed terrorist David Coleman Headley testified in a US court Tuesday. “There was a plan to kill him because he was making drones,” Headley testified during the Chicago…

Robert Gates travels to Asia with message of continuity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads to Asia for a final time as Pentagon chief on Tuesday, looking to reassure allies the United States is committed to regional security despite tightening defense budgets and his own imminent departure. Gates, who leaves office at the end of June, will…

Obama appoints Gen. Martin Dempsey to top military post

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that he has chosen US Army General Martin Dempsey, who commanded an armored division in key battles in Iraq, for the United States’ top uniformed military post. “With nearly 40 years in uniform, Martin Dempsey is one of our nation’s most…

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