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Supreme Court denies U.S. citizenship to American’s son

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that a man who was born in Mexico of a Mexican mother and an American father is not entitled to US citizenship, even though the law discriminates on the basis of gender. Without comment, the top US court upheld a 2008 decision…

U.S. ‘strongly’ condemns Syria crackdown

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday stepped up its condemnation of Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests and again called on its president to allow for a political transition or step aside. “We have called on President Bashar al-Assad to cease the violence. We strongly condemn, in the strongest possible…

Germany recognizes rebels as fighting rages in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Germany on Monday gave official recognition to Libya’s rebels, amid a surge in fighting across the country and as the US pressed African states to demand that strongman Moamer Kadhafi step down. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said after meeting rebel leaders in their capital Benghazi…

Republicans head to first New Hampshire debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republicans aiming to topple President Barack Obama in 2012 will tackle each other Monday with their first big televised debate and a chance to grab national attention. Seven potential or declared White House candidates will debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Republican hopefuls are already…

Rep. Anthony Weiner may have violated House Ethics Rules by offering PR advice to porn star

New York Democratic Congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner may have violated House Ethics Rules by offering a porn star help from his public relations team. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called Monday for an Ethics Committee investigation of Weiner after he admitted that he tweeted a lewd photo to a college…

Mexico soldiers find narco ‘tank’ factory

MONTERREY, Mexico — Soldiers on patrol in a Mexican border town discovered a warehouse where armor-plated “tanks” were being prepared for the Gulf drug cartel, a military source said Monday. The patrol came across the warehouse when they clashed with a group of armed men in the town of Ciudad…

Santorum launches Republican bid for White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Senator Rick Santorum launched his Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including Medicare reform. “We’re going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by…

Months before drawback, five American soldiers killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Five American soldiers were killed in central Iraq on Monday, the deadliest day for US troops there in more than two years, with just months to go before all US forces must withdraw from Iraq completely. The US military did not give details on how the soldiers…

North, South Sudan agree to demilitarized zone

JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) – Representatives from north and south Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along their shared border, the African Union said Tuesday, ten days after the north seized the disputed Abyei region. South Sudan is scheduled to become an independent country in less than six…

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