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Poll: Texans prefer Obama over Perry

A poll released Wednesday showed that in a hypothetical match-up for the presidency, President Barack Obama would defeat Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Texas voters by a margin of 45-47 percent. The findings put an exclamation point on the Republican governor’s bizarre claim that he is a “prophet” because he’s “not…

Most countries have become more accepting of homosexuality

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of countries around the world have become more accepting of homosexuality, with the exception of Russia and other former socialist countries, a new study has found. The report, compiled by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, examined general trends in over…

Britain’s forces withdraw from Iraq

BAGHDAD — Britain concluded its naval training mission in Iraq on Sunday, more than eight years after it contributed the second largest contingent of troops to the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Despite having pulled out the vast majority of its troops in mid-2009, Britain’s Royal Navy has continued…

Canada vote dominated by left-leaning third-party surge

OTTAWA — A third-party surge has unsettled the status quo as Canada prepares to go to the polls on Monday, with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeking an ever-elusive majority government. The run-up to Canada’s fourth election in seven years has been dominated by speculation over how the surging support…

Obama: Tax Warren Buffett to save Social Security

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Social Security’s long-term solvency can be secured by raising more revenues from wealthy taxpayers like Warren Buffett. “I’ll just give you one example of a change that would make a difference in Social Security,” the president said at a town hall in…

Wisconsin Democratic leader still hopes for GOP compromise

MADISON (Reuters) – A leading Wisconsin Democrat said on Saturday he still hopes Republicans will back away from moves to sharply reduce state workers’ collective bargaining rights, which have sparked mass protests. “My hope is before Tuesday enough Republicans will recognize this proposal is over-reaching and the support for this…

Pakistan government in crisis as coalition partner quits

KARACHI — The second largest party in Pakistan’s ruling coalition Sunday quit the government to join the opposition, destabilizing the US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda and threatening to paralyze business of state. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) made the announcement days after its two federal cabinet ministers resigned,…

Iraq parliament approves Maliki govt

The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point programme aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism. After more than nine months of political deadlock and wrangling, parliament in separate votes gave its approval to Maliki, three deputy prime…

Clinton: ‘Vast majority’ of detainees should get civilian trials

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that civilian trials work better than military commission for convicting terrorism detainees. “We do believe that what are called Article Three trials, in other words in our civilian courts, are appropriate for the vast majority of detainees,” Clinton told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.…

Texas Governor Rick Perry calls for US troops to fight Mexico’s drug war

For a man who is supposedly not running for president, Texas Governor Rick Perry certainly has taken to the national media in recent weeks. But to be fair to reporters, he’s usually full of surprises. Take Perry’s Thursday appearance on MSNBC, where he suggested that US troops may soon be…

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