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Ron Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll

Speaking to conservatives, Paul warns US government ‘in the process of failing’ For the second year running, Texas congressman Ron Paul came out on top among conservative Republicans in a “straw poll” contest to gauge popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race. Paul, who calls himself a libertarian, is not…

Obama: Change in Egypt ‘must begin now’

President Barack Obama called in a televised address Tuesday night for an “orderly transition” in Egypt to “begin now,” signaling the administration’s acceptance that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s days are numbered. The president’s call for immediate change may have been a challenge to Mubarak, who announced in a speech several…

Iran: Egypt revolt is ‘step towards Islamic Middle East’

TEHRAN — Iran said on Tuesday the uprising in Egypt will help create an Islamic Middle East but accused US officials of interfering in the “freedom seeking” movement which has rocked the Arab nation. “With the knowledge that I have of the great revolutionary and history making people of Egypt,…

Obama presses China’s Hu on rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday to let the value of China’s currency rise and delivered a firmer message on U.S. concerns over Beijing’s human rights record. Amid the pomp of a state visit, both leaders spoke glowingly about cooperation but made no…

Thousands demonstrate against Hungary media law

BUDAPEST (AFP) – Thousands of people protested against Hungary’s controversial new media law on Friday, demanding the legislation — which has come under widespread fire internationally — be withdrawn. The rally, organised via online social networks and blogs, was the second such protest to be held in front of the…

Worldwide demonstrations support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Spanish online supporters of Julian Assange called for worldwide demonstrations Saturday to press for the release of the WikiLeaks founder, who is in a London jail awaiting possible extradition to Sweden to face rape charges. The Spanish website Free Wikileaks urged rallies at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) in eight Spanish…

Halloween display with ‘black man’ hanging from noose causes outrage

A Missouri man removed his Halloween decorations Wednesday at the request of the Scott County sheriff because they were suspected of being a public disturbance. A Klu Klux Klan figure and the depiction of a black man being lynched were featured in the display. Rick Hoskins told KFVS that he…

Swedish Pirate Party to provide hosting for WikiLeaks

The whistleblower website WikiLeaks will place several new servers with the Swedish Pirate Party, the group which campaigns for more freedom on the Internet said Tuesday. “The Pirate Party will provide bandwidth and hosting to WikiLeaks free of charge as part of its political mission,” the party said in a…

Senators: Did BP help secure Lockerbie bomber’s freedom?

US senators urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to investigate whether oil giant BP pressed Britain to free the Lockerbie bomber to protect a lucrative deal with Libya. “Evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster seems to suggest that BP would put profit ahead of people,” said Democratic…

Fox News show: Gitmo ‘suicides’ torture gone wrong?

When three detainees at Guantanamo Bay were found hanged in their cells on June 9, 2006, the official explanation was suicide. Human rights attorney Scott Horton, however, believes that “clearly these were homicides.” Horton has been speaking out about the incident since last winter, apparently motivated by a concern that…

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