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Master credit card thief claims US government authorized his crimes

A year ago, Albert Gonzalez confessed to having led an operation that stole more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers by hacking into computers at TJ Maxx and other retailers and was sentenced to twenty years in prison. Now he wants his conviction overturned on the grounds that…

Mexico makes major raid on exotic animal traffickers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds of police raided illicit markets to crack down on the lucrative trade in wild animals and rare flowers, arresting 15 traffickers across Mexico this weekend in one of the biggest swoops of its kind. Rich in flora and fauna, Mexico is a major hub for animal…

Obama: US interests, values at stake in Libya

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Monday told Americans his actions had stopped a “massacre” in Libya, but warned a military campaign to oust Moamer Kadhafi could repeat the bloodshed and misery of Iraq. Obama mounted a firm defense of his decision to launch air strikes and launch a no-fly zone…

US remains military muscle in Libya campaign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States stepped aside to allow NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military’s enormous strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort. Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition…

Indiana prosecutor told Wisconsin governor to stage ‘false flag’ operation

An Indiana prosecutor and Republican activist has resigned after emails show he suggested Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stage a fake attack on himself to discredit unions protesting his budget repair bill. The Republican governor signed a bill on March 11 that eliminates most union rights for public employees. In an…

Australia carries out its first hand transplant

SYDNEY (AFP) – A man who lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection four years ago has become Australia’s first recipient of a hand transplant, a report said Thursday. Peter Walsh, 65, underwent the successful nine-hour operation in Sydney this week. “Peter was wriggling his fingers today,” Professor…

Libyan troops target rebels after air force ‘destroyed’

NEAR AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan forces hammered rebel cities on Wednesday with tank fire forcing civilians to flee as a top British officer said Moamer Kadhafi’s air force had been almost obliterated. At the end of a day of bitter fighting in key rebel strongholds, forces loyal to Libyan strongman…

Gaddafi strongholds bombed as Misrata ‘overrun’

TRIPOLI – Moamer Kadhafi’s Tripoli compound was rocked by blasts late Monday, his southern strongholds targeted and a navy base bombed as international criticism mounted over the air assault on Libya. Rebels, meanwhile, said they were under intense attack by Kadhafi’s forces in the city of Misrata near Tripoli and…

How much will the no-fly zone cost the US?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s decision to join Western intervention in Libya is raising concerns in the United States about the cost and duration of the military operation. Even if the U.S. role in Libya remains limited, as Obama has promised, the effort will add to record-high debt and deficits that have led…

Libyan military calls for a new cease-fire

A second attempt at a military cease-fire in Libya may be on the horizon, after Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday. Coalition military efforts have reportedly crippled Libya’s ground troops and air capabilities. According to UKPA, the new cease-fire was issued under a general banner of the Libyan government, and Gaddafi…

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