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ACLU: Obama’s Guantánamo order ‘institutionalizes indefinite detention’

Civil liberties advocates reacted forcefully against President Barack Obama’s executive order Monday lifting his two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantánamo Bay. Repeatedly blocked by Congress in his attempt to transfer detainees from the offshore prison to the United States for trial, Obama threw in the towel Monday, saying…

Fox News takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s criticism of US media

A Fox News executive said he was surprised and “curious” at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent praise for Al-Jazeera and criticism of US media. “We’ve got leadership issues there, the safety of people, the safety of our own people,” said Michael Clemente, a senior vice president of Fox, according…

Lawsuit: Fox News chairman Roger Ailes may have committed federal crime

The chairman of Fox News may have committed a federal crime, according to legal documents filed by attorneys for a former News Corporation employee. Affidavits filed in a lawsuit against a former News Corporation employee say that News Corp. executive Roger Ailes advised former publishing executive Judith Regan to lie…

Nokia joins forces with Microsoft to beat competition

HELSINKI – Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, said Friday it was joining forces with US giant Microsoft in a major corporate strategy shake-up that left investors disappointed. The Finnish phone maker said Microsoft’s Windows Phone would now serve as its primary smartphone platform in a “broad strategic partnership”…

Egypt rejects ‘hasty’ reforms

CAIRO – The United States urged Egypt to immediately lift an emergency law and launch democratic reforms as protestors staged the biggest show of defiance against President Hosni Mubarak in a three-week-old revolt. But Mubarak’s newly appointed deputy, Vice President Omar Suleiman, warned that hasty reforms could spell “chaos” in…

Freed Google executive arrives at Cairo protest

CAIRO – Freed Egypt activist Wael Ghonim arrived at the epicentre of anti-regime protests in Cairo on Tuesday where he was welcomed as a hero by the crowd of hundreds of thousands. The crowd surged towards him, many weeping, clapping and shouting: “Long live Egypt, long live Egypt!” The young…

Murdoch’s iPad newspaper to be launched

WASHINGTON – News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch is to unveil “The Daily” on Wednesday, a digital newspaper for the iPad, the tablet computer the media tycoon has said may be the savior of the struggling news industry. Murdoch, the 79-year-old chairman and chief executive of News Corp., and Eddy Cue, vice…

Salary triples for Goldman CEO Blankfein

WASHINGTON — US banking powerhouse Goldman Sachs said Friday it was more than tripling the salary of chief executive Lloyd Blankfein to $2 million in 2011 from $600,000 last year. The four other top executives of Wall Street’s premier investment bank will also see their basic salaries triple from the…

Obama chooses JPMorgan exec. William Daley as new chief of staff

JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former commerce secretary William Daley was chosen Thursday to be President Obama’s new White House chief of staff, according to published reports. Sixty-two year old Daley is brother of outgoing Chicago major Richard Daley and has close ties to former White House chief of…

Obama’s leading contender for chief of staff is JPMorgan exec

An executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co with close ties to President Barack Obama’s inner circle has shot to the top of the list for next White House chief of staff, according to news reports. Bloomberg reported Monday that William Daley, who serves on JPMorgan’s Executive Committee in charge of…

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