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Japan’s Honda to cut exports on high yen: report

Honda Motor intends to slash its exports from Japan by about half over the next decade as it looks to cope with a high yen, its president said in an interview published Wednesday. He added the Japanese automaker would focus on smaller vehicles at home in order to boost domestic sales in the near term.…

Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

How kids helped elect Michele Bachmann

While Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is well-known for her small army of foster children, it’s another group of youngsters that she credits with her 2008 re-election, Mother Jones reported. It was the nearly six dozen 12 to 19-year-old homeschooled kids who went door to door for Bachmann who helped…

New Muslim lashed for drinking in Australia

An Australian convert to Islam was pinned down and lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol by a group of Muslim men who broke into his home to punish him for breaking sharia law, a court heard Tuesday. The man, 31, was allegedly restrained and whipped with a cord in his…

Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’

LONDON — A whistleblower in the phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home Monday but there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances, police said. Hoare alleged in interviews with The New York Times newspaper and the BBC last year that the…

Afghan MP, top Karzai aide feared killed: police official

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of the country’s parliament in a residential district of Kabul on Sunday, just days after the president’s brother was gunned down at home, officials said. The spokesman for Kabul’s police chief said two or…

Iowa Dem Rep’s grandson fends off armed intruder with shotgun

Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) and family are safe but shaken after an armed man entered their home Saturday night demanding money. According to an AP report, the man fled when Boswell’s 22-year-old grandson retrieved a shotgun from another room. At about 10:45pm on Saturday, Boswell’s daughter Cindy Brown answered the…

Mumbai blasts death toll rises to 19

MUMBAI — Indian detectives trawled for leads on Saturday to the triple blasts which rocked the country’s financial hub, Mumbai, as the death toll from the coordinated explosions rose to 19. Two men who sustained serious injuries in Wednesday’s rush-hour bombings died in hospital, a home ministry statement said. Twenty…

Horn of Africa drought ‘set to worsen’: UN

The plight of millions of drought-stricken people across the Horn of Africa is set to worsen, with rains expected only later in the year and harvests months away, a top UN official warned Saturday. Scanty or failed rainfall in the region over the past two years has already forced thousands…

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