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Gaddafi exit ‘was discussed’ at meeting of African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An African Union official said Monday the issue of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s stepping down had been discussed during peace talks in Tripoli. “There was some discussion on this but I cannot report on this. It has to remain confidential,” said Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and…

Arguments over agenda stall U.N. climate talks

BANGKOK (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked on Wednesday over a debate on the agenda for negotiations, with developing countries pushing hard for a greater focus on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. The April 3-8 talks in the Thai capital are part of a long and often troubled negotiation trying…

Revealed: Miss. Gov. Barbour spent over $300K on out-of-state travel in 2010

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) reportedly used taxpayer money to hobnob with wealthy potential donors and campaign for Republican candidates in 2010. Records obtained by the Clarion-Ledger indicated that Barbour spent over $300,000 to pay for out of state trips in 2010 alone. The governor had called for deep budget…

Sarah Palin visits Israel, will see Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Leading Republican Sarah Palin toured Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Sunday as she began a two-day, private visit to Israel. She also planned on meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her first trip to the Jewish state to discuss key issues facing the U.S. ally. Palin, a…

Obama to meet with Afghanistan commander Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General David Petraeus, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, US officials said. The Oval Office meeting, which will be closed to reporters, comes immediately after the US president sits down with Danish…

UN to end Saddam-era sanctions on Iraq

The UN Security Council will on Wednesday end a swathe of Saddam Hussein-era sanctions against Iraq in a sign of the changes in the country, diplomats said. US Vice President Joe Biden will chair a Security Council meeting that will lift the international penalties mainly dating from Saddam’s 1990 invasion…

UC students pepper-sprayed for protesting rate hikes

University of California students clash with police at protest over proposed tuition hike University of California students have clashed with police outside a meeting of the UC Board of Regents before its expected vote on another tuition increase. UC spokesman Pete King says police arrested at least 16 protesters Wednesday…

Obama envoy secretly promised to keep troops in Iraq after 2011, Iraqi intelligence official says

WASHINGTON – A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad Sep. 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for U.S. withdrawal, according to a senior…

Federal Reserve to print billions of dollars in massive shadow stimulus

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting panel began a crucial two-day meeting Tuesday, poised to cast aside its long-held reluctance to micro-manage the economy in a bid to avoid a lost decade of growth. The central bank’s open market committee (FOMC) is expected to approve massive stimulus spending not seen since the…

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