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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…

U.S., Bill Gates call on rich nations to back poor farmers

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates joined a top US official Tuesday in urging rich nations to invest in the world’s poor farmers to help end hunger — a move he said would also help improve food security. “Looking at the food prices we’ve got — at…

Michele Bachmann compares Holocaust to future taxes

Delivering a speech to New Hampshire Republicans on Saturday, Tea Party caucus leader and potential GOP 2012 contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) compared the tax burden future generations may face to the Holocaust. She recalled hearing stories of the Holocaust when she was a child, and wondering whether her mother…

Tea Party Nation claims to be under attack from ‘Anonymous’

The Tea Party Nation announced on its website Tuesday that its online forums had been attacked by the decentralized collective of hacktivists known as “Anonymous.” Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, said the cyber attacks had been “mostly of the juvenile nature.” He claimed that members of…

No Twitter revolt for Central Asia’s closed regimes

MOSCOW – High fees, spying, and outright blockage — Central Asia’s regimes are not short of ways to control Internet blogs and social networks which have mobilised the recent protests in the Middle East. Strategies vary across the former Soviet republics of the region, whose regimes are largely authoritarian and…

Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrate in Sanaa

SANAA – Tens of thousands of protesters amassed Thursday at Sanaa University for a “day of rage” calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, while a similar number of government loyalists flooded a central square. “We are here to bring down a corrupt and tyrannical regime,” Najib Ghanem,…

Robert: Alito free not to attend State of the Union address

Chief Justice Roberts tells NY college that attending State of the Union is up to each justice Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday it’s up to each member of the Supreme Court to decide whether to attend the president’s State of the Union addresses, but he wouldn’t discuss whether he…

GOP lawmaker: Illegal immigrants are like ‘Hitler’, should be shot

Georgia’s Republican State Rep. John Yates has a position on immigration that almost nobody would agree with: he wants US border agents empowered to “shoot to kill.” Asked to justify his position, Yates recently told a reporter in Atlanta that illegal immigrants are enemies of America who must be dealt…

G20 leaders weigh ‘new generation’ of challenges to global government

World leaders examined at the weekend frameworks for global governance ahead of a G20 summit in Seoul, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon stressing no single power could tackle key issues alone. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying told the World Policy Conference (WPC) in Marrakech: “We see eye to eye…

Video: Maine gov. candidate vows to tell Obama to ‘go to hell’

Maine Republican gubernatorial candidate says he would tell Obama to ‘go to hell’ Maine Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage told a group of fishermen at a GOP forum that he won’t be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell.” LePage said it at a fisheries forum in…

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