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Gaddafi launches massive counter-offensives against Libyan opposition

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched counter-offensives against rebel-held towns on Sunday as the popular uprising escalated into open warfare. The resilience of Gaddafi’s forces in the face of the widespread insurrection and their ability to counter-attack will increase fears that Libya is heading for a…

Oman forces disperse protesters peacefully

SOHAR, Oman – Tanks peacefully dispersed protesters blocking the port in Oman’s industrial city of Sohar and the coast road to Muscat Tuesday as protests were also reported elsewhere, AFP journalists and witnesses said. Meanwhile, demonstrators have camped in Muscat outside the consultative council, the Gulf state’s equivalent of a…

Alan Keyes: Letting gays marry is like granting ‘right to own slaves’

Former three-time Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who has an affinity for conspiracy theories, apparently believes gay marriage is sort of like owning slaves. Keyes, an African-American, wrote on the conspiracy-minded website World Net Daily that “granting homosexuals the right to marry is like granting plantation owners the right to…

Troops kill Tripoli protesters

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Government forces shot dead at least two protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, television stations reported, as a popular uprising against Muammar Gaddafi closed in on his main power base. Gaddafi appeared on the central Green Square to make an impassioned speech of defiance, after…

Update: Bradley Manning is American, not British, lawyer says

UPDATE: Bradley Manning, the Army private allegedly behind the Wikileaks release of State Department cables, doesn’t consider himself a UK citizen and won’t be pursuing that avenue in his effort to be released from solitary confinement, Manning’s lawyer said Wednesday. In what was widely seen as an attempt to gather…

US Senators sound alarm over Canada border

WASHINGTON – Two key US Senators sounded the alarm on Tuesday over the US-Canada border, citing an official report that warns just 32 of its undefended 4,000-mile stretch have “an acceptable level of security.” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, an independent, and the panel’s top Republican, Senator Susan…

Texas governor railed against ‘bailouts’ on same day he requested one

Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Democrat-turned-Republican who served as George W. Bush’s lieutenant and won his third term last year, wants you to think he’s not a fan of federal bailouts. Yet, on the same day “Texans for Rick Perry” launched their “No Government Bailouts” campaign, Perry himself was lining…

Scalia plans speech to tea party Republicans

Watchdog group has serious questions about impartiality of Scalia, Thomas US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to speak to a group of lawmakers assembled by conservative congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Monday. Seventy-four-year old Justice Scalia was to speak about the constitutional separation of powers as part of a…

US diplomats pushed Boeing deals: cables

US diplomats have on several occasions intervened to convince foreign governments to buy aircraft from Boeing rather than its European rival Airbus, newly released diplomatic cables show. The cables, obtained by the New York Times from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, document several incidents in which diplomats were involved in haggling…

Chief Justice Roberts to parties: Quit bickering, fill judicial vacancies

Supreme Court Chief blames gridlock on partisan turmoil Republicans and Democrats must find a long-term solution to selecting federal judges, Chief Justice John Roberts says, while blaming both sides for the political gridlock of judicial nominations in the Senate. “Each political party has found it easy to turn on a…

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