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WikiLeaks’ Assange gets Australian peace prize

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, was given a peace award on Tuesday for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.” Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal in London, only the fourth to be…

Archbishop of Canterbury ‘uncomfortable’ with killing of unarmed bin Laden

LONDON — The leader of the world’s Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, said on Thursday he felt “very uncomfortable” over the killing of Osama bin Laden while unarmed. Williams also criticised the conflicting versions that American officials have given of the Al-Qaeda leader’s death in a US commando raid…

American Muslims celebrate bin Laden’s death

DEARBORN, Michigan — Arab and Muslim Americans Monday celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden saying justice had been served, but remained wary of any Al-Qaeda reprisals, and said the scars of 9/11 run deep. A crowd gathered outside the Dearborn city hall shortly after the news was announced Sunday…

Nearly 500 Taliban escape in massive Afghan jailbreak

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – Almost 500 Taliban fighters and commanders tunnelled out of a prison in an audacious jailbreak in southern Afghanistan which the government admitted on Monday was a security “disaster”. The Taliban said it was behind the operation to free the inmates through a 360-metre tunnel into Kandahar…

Italy votes on justice bill cutting Berlusconi trial

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s parliament is due to vote on a justice reform bill on Wednesday which would cut the length of many trials and end a bribery case against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. If approved, the provision would shorten the statute of limitations and would kill the case in…

Wisconsin court candidates hire Bush and Franken’s recount lawyers

Though neither of the candidates in the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice race, JoAnne Kloppenburg and incumbent David Prosser, have officially called for a recount, state officials and the candidates themselves are preparing for one. Kloppenburg’s campaign staff has set up a fund, the Kloppenburg for Justice Committee, to pay legal…

Jurors vote to acquit alleged Cuban terrorist

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas jury on Friday acquitted an 83-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative, considered an archfoe by Havana, of charges he lied to U.S. authorities about his role in bomb attacks against tourist areas in Cuba in 1997. Attorneys said the federal jury deliberated for…

Dead heat in Wisconsin justice race, less than 600 votes separate

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The closely watched race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court remained too close to call on Wednesday with fewer than 600 of the more than 1.4 million votes cast separating incumbent David Prosser from challengerJoAnne Kloppenburg. The election, the first statewide vote since Republicans passed controversial restrictions on the union rights…

Palin promotes reelection of Wisconsin justice who called female colleague a ‘b*tch’

In a somewhat confusing endorsement Friday, Fox News employee Sarah Palin urged her online supporters to vote for Wisconsin Justice David Prosser, who recently stirred up controversy when he called a female fellow Justice a “bitch” and threatened to “destroy” her. For Palin, whose experience with media sexism is at…

Progressives launch ad against WI justice who called colleague a ‘bitch’

The Wisconsin Supreme Court justice that recently admitted to calling a female colleague a “bitch” now has another problem. Progressives in the state have launched an ad campaign against Justice David Prosser, suggesting that he’s on the side of child molesters. While District Attorney of Outagamie County in 1979, Prosser…

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