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Polygamist leader Jeffs has trouble finding lawyer

Texas court denies polygamist leader’s request to delay trial so he can find a lawyer A West Texas court on Wednesday refused to rule on a request by polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to delay his sexual assault trial so he could have more time to find an in-state attorney.…

Myanmar people get Q and A with Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON — Radio Free Asia has launched a question and answer show with Aung San Suu Kyi, giving the people of military-ruled Myanmar the rarest of opportunities to communicate directly with the democracy icon. The US-funded broadcaster is airing weekly Burmese-language segments on Friday evenings with the 65-year-old opposition leader,…

GOP leader Mitch McConnell calls WikiLeaks founder ‘a high-tech terrorist’

Appearing on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a “high-tech terrorist” and should be prosecuted. “He’s done an enormous damage to our country, and I think he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Sen.…

Bill Maher compares Glenn Beck to ‘Scientology’ founder

Comedian Bill Maher likened conservative media personality Glenn Beck to the founder of the Church of Scientology Sunday. “I think he’s doing what some people before him have done, like — L Ron Hubbard was a novelist and decided, ‘You know what? It’s a much easier gig to be a…

Afghan “peace talks” impostor paid by MI6: report

A man posing as a Taliban leader who had talks with Afghanistan’s president was paid and promoted by British intelligence, a newspaper said on Friday. British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) agents paid Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour from May this year, believing they had achieved an “historic breakthrough” in forging contacts…

House GOP leader forsakes tea parties, takes earmark ban off the table

If you ask Republicans around the country, they’ll probably tell you that Tuesday’s election results were all about pushing back against excessive government spending. Problem is, they may have forgotten to elect anyone who’s actually planning on real budget cuts. Rep. John Boehner, presumptively the next Speaker of the House…

Iran leader says attack would unleash war with ‘no limits’

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tuesday that an attack on his country’s nuclear facilities could spark a war with “no limits,” US media reported. He also suggested that the Holocaust had been exaggerated as a “pretext for war,” during a New York meeting with US media owners and editors. “The…

Self-labeled ‘Christian counterpart of Osama bin Laden’ allegedly planned clinic bombing

A man who compared himself to a Christian version of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was in jail Saturday after being arrested for allegedly helping plot an attack against an abortion provider, according to published reports. An affidavit filed by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) cited a…

‘Misinterpreted’ Castro: Capitalist system no longer works

Fidel Castro said Friday his comments about the Cuban economic model no longer working were misinterpreted by a visiting American journalist — taking back an admission that caused a stir around the globe. The 84-year-old ex-president said he was not misquoted but meant “the opposite” of what he was reported…

Israeli spiritual leader: ‘May God strike down’ Palestinians

Statement condemned as ‘incitement to genocide’ JERUSALEM — The spiritual head of a religious party in Israel’s ruling coalition has damned Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and his people ahead of the Washington summit, stirring an angry reaction on Sunday. “May all the nasty people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen…

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