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Wall St. wives got a secret $220 million bailout from the Fed: report

A report in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine made waves Wednesday for revealing what it called a secret, roundabout bailout of $220 million, given to Wall Street wives by the U.S. Federal Reserve. “According to popular legend, we’re broke and in so much debt that 40 years from…

Newsweek owner, audio tycoon Sidney Harman dead

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Audio equipment tycoon Sidney Harman, who bought Newsweek magazine last year and merged it with The Daily Beast website, died on Tuesday, his family announced. He was 92. Harman, who was married to Jane Harman, a former congresswoman from California, died in Washington of complications from acute…

Rolling Stone publishes graphic photos and videos from notorious Afghan ‘kill team’

Warning: This report links to highly graphic and disturbing photos Last week, the German magazine Der Spiegel was the first to publish three photographs from a group of drug-addled American soldiers who posed with innocent Afghans they had killed. The Der Spiegel article was disturbing enough, with blurred photos of…

Knut the polar bear died of epilepsy, autopsy shows

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Knut, the celebrity orphan polar bear who drew thousands of visitors to Berlin zoo, died after an epileptic fit, according to neurologists quoted by Focus magazine. A CAT scan had revealed abormalities in the brain of the bear, who may have inherited epilepsy from his father Lars, also a…

US army apologizes for Afghanistan abuse pictures

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by American troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that…

US never used ‘psy-ops’ on lawmakers: officials

WASHINGTON – US military officials on Monday adamantly rejected allegations in a magazine article that the army used psychological operations to influence American lawmakers on the Afghanistan war. Commanders in charge of training Afghan troops had asked staff members for routine research using publicly available information about the views of…

Palin to make rare foreign trip to India

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative champion Sarah Palin, who has faced charges of a lack of foreign policy experience as she considers a White House run, will visit India next month, an aide said. Rebecca Mansour, a top adviser to the former Alaska governor, tweeted that Palin would visit India…

US in direct talks with Taliban: New Yorker

The administration of President Barack Obama has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban officials, according to The New Yorker magazine report. Surrendering Taliban militants are seen in Herat, in November 2010. The administration of President Barack Obama has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban…

Ex-Time reporter to be Obama’s new spokesman

WASHINGTON — Former Time magazine reporter Jay Carney will be named as President Barack Obama’s new press secretary, a senior administration official told AFP Thursday. Carney, currently working as Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman, will succeed Obama confidant Robert Gibbs who is due to step down in mid-February. Obama is…

Eating carrots ‘makes you more attractive’: study

Eating strongly coloured vegetables and fruit such as carrots and plums makes people more attractive, according to a new British study. Researchers at St Andrews and Bristol universities studied the relationship between skin colour and attractiveness, and found people with a yellow skin hue were perceived as particularly healthy and…

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