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4,600 evacuated in Indonesia volcano eruption

More than 4,600 people have been evacuated since an Indonesian volcano erupted on Thursday and its alert status was placed on the highest level, an official said. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed grey ash up to 800 metres (2,600 feet) high early on Saturday as it continued to rumble.…

Pawlenty, Huntsman attack Romney on health care

WASHINGTON – Two rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination are attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney where it hurts the most: health care. The moves mark the start of the race to challenge Romney, the clear frontrunner, by highlighting his key vulnerability with the conservative base. Former Minnesota governor…

New military head Dempsey urges response to Arab Spring

LONDON (AFP) – The man named by President Barack Obama to be the top US military officer said Wednesday that American forces must adapt to an uncertain world after the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden. In his first public comments since Obama unveiled him as his…

Live mic catches Obama’s candor: Paul Ryan is ‘not on the level’

In what he reportedly thought was a private conversation at a fundraiser Thursday night, President Barack Obama called into question the fiscal seriousness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the GOP’s budget plan that dramatically cuts government spending under the guise of deficit reduction. “When…

Japan to raise nuclear severity level to maximum

TOKYO — Japan is to raise its assessment of the severity of its nuclear emergency to the maximum seven on an international scale, putting it on a par with Chernobyl, reports said Tuesday. The government currently rates the incident at five, but will boost that to seven, Kyodo and NHK…

Confidence in the war on terror hits lowest level since 2006

American’s confidence that the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror has fallen to its lowest level since 2006. A national telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports, which has fended off years of criticisms of harboring a conservative bias, found just 32 percent of likely U.S. voters…

Oil prices hit highest level since 2008

LONDON — World oil prices jumped on Friday to their highest levels in more than two years as the market was driven by simmering political tensions in the Arab world and concerns over elections in Nigeria. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in May hit a high of $124.84, the…

Ozone depletion over Arctic at record level: WMO

GENEVA (AFP) – Depletion of the ozone layer over the Arctic has reached record levels, the UN weather agency WMO said Tuesday, blaming harmful substances in the atmosphere and a very cold winter. The Arctic ozone layer suffered a loss of about 40 percent from the beginning of winter to…

Today he opposes the idea, but in 2006 Romney wanted his health care plan to go national

Shortly after he signed a law in 2006 bringing near-universal health care to Massachusetts, then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said it would be “wonderful” if his slate of reforms were to be applied on a national level. ”I actually ran with (health care reform) as something that I wanted to do.…

Climate change: UN parties complete inventory of pledges

PARIS (AFP) – Developing countries have submitted their plans for tackling greenhouse-gas emissions under the UN flag, completing a double inventory decided in Mexico in December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said on Monday. The listing of voluntary, “nationally appropriate” actions follows an inventory of emissions reduction targets…

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