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German coalition rebels to hold euro fund vote

Rebels from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners, the Free Democrats, have collected enough signatures to force a party vote on the EU’s permanent bailout fund, they announced Tuesday. FDP member Frank Schaeffler, one of the most prominent rebels, said on his website that 3,650 signatures had been gathered, or…

U.S.: We will kill Zawahiri just like bin Laden

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States Thursday dismissed new Al-Qaeda supremo Ayman al-Zawahiri as a pale imitation of Osama bin Laden and warned the Egyptian to expect a similar fate to his slain predecessor. US officials painted the 59-year-old long-time number two as an “armchair general” with no combat experience,…

Two N.H. Republicans quit posts over GOP attacks on workers

Two Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire have resigned their leadership posts, citing deeply held disagreements with the GOP’s recent attacks on organized labor. State Rep. Matt Quandt and House Whip Tim Copeland both said they simply could not sit idly by as pensions and bargaining rights were rolled back. “[It]…

Fidel Castro resigns as head of Cuba’s Communist Party

by Isabel Sanchez Isabel Sanchez – Tue Apr 19, 3:40 am ET HAVANA (AFP) – Fidel Castro confirmed his exit from the Communist Party leadership on Tuesday, ceding power to his brother Raul as delegates prepare to vote on changes that could bring term limits to key posts. The move…

Dalai Lama pleads for right to ‘retire’

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – The Dalai Lama pleaded with exiled Tibetan MPs on Monday to accept his resignation as their political leader, warning that a delayed handover could pose “an overwhelming challenge”. In a letter read out to the exiled parliament, the 75-year-old Nobel peace laureate argued that the Tibetan…

Fox News takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s criticism of US media

A Fox News executive said he was surprised and “curious” at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent praise for Al-Jazeera and criticism of US media. “We’ve got leadership issues there, the safety of people, the safety of our own people,” said Michael Clemente, a senior vice president of Fox, according…

Cantor refuses to denounce birthers as ‘crazy talk’

The Republican leadership isn’t doing much to discourage members of their party who believe President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) became the latest GOP leader Sunday to refuse to denounce the birthers. “This is a leadership moment here,” NBC’s David Gregory noted…

New footage suggests Navy leadership knew about ‘raunchy’ films

More video footage produced by a senior officer aboard the USS Enterprise has emerged, and one clip suggests Naval leadership may have known what the Enterprise’s second-in-command was up to. Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of his command of the Enterprise this week, when footage from a series of “raunchy”…

US says Egypt military resists change: WikiLeaks

The Egyptian military’s capabilities have “decayed” and must be modernised to counter new threats, but the country’s ageing leadership has resisted change, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. The cables, dating from 2008 to 2010, reveal that Washington wants Egypt — the second-largest recipient of US aid after…

Senate GOP letter calls for blocking virtually all bills

Senate Republicans circulate letter outlining strategy of blocking most bills in lame duck Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on…

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