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Actress Sienna Miller taking legal action against Murdoch paper

LONDON (AFP) – A lawyer for Sienna Miller said Saturday the actress has not dropped legal action over phone-hacking claims against Britain’s News of the World, despite the tabloid’s offer of compensation. Rupert Murdoch’s News International, which publishes the paper, on Friday offered an “unreserved apology” for phone-hacking, admitted liability…

Palin ‘due in Israel’ for private visit

JERUSALEM — Sarah Palin, darling of the US Republican right, is to arrive in Israel at the weekend for a “private visit” during which she will meet Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, media reports said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Israeli premier could not immediately confirm a report in the top-selling…

NATO chief Petraeus to leave post by end of year: report

LONDON – US war commander General David Petraeus will leave his post as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday. US President Barack Obama plans to replace Petraeus, who was only appointed eight months ago, as part of…

Russia expels British journalist after criticism

LONDON — A British journalist from the Guardian newspaper has been expelled from Russia after reporting claims in US diplomatic cables that the country had become a “mafia state”, the paper said Monday. Luke Harding, the daily’s Moscow correspondent, flew back to the Russian capital at the weekend after two…

Secret files expose Palestinian ‘offers’ to Israel

The Palestinians offered Israel major concessions on east Jerusalem and on the issue of refugees in 2008 peace talks, according to leaked documents angrily dismissed as “distortions” on Monday. Details of the proposals emerged late on Sunday when the Al-Jazeera satellite channel began publishing the first of more than 1,600…

ACLU placed on Tennessee terror map for letter to schools

The ACLU of Tennessee says it ended up on a map of potential terrorist threats after it sent a letter to school superintendents asking them to be “inclusive” in their holiday celebrations. The civil rights group says it found itself on the Tennessee Fusion Center’s map identified under the category…

CIA’s ‘WTF’ task force to assess WikiLeaks’ impact

The US Central Intelligence Agency has launched a panel dubbed the WikiLeaks Task Force, or “WTF”, to investigate the impact of diplomatic cables and military documents released by secrets outlet WikiLeaks. The task force, which is being led by the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center, will examine how the release of these…

Revealed: Chamber of Commerce funding effort to weaken anti-bribery law

The US Chamber of Commerce, which has injected massive sums into 2010 election races, is allegedly behind a massive push to weaken anti-bribery laws. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, first enacted in 1977, prohibits companies from paying bribes to foreign officials in order to retain or obtain business. Both US…

Rove questions Palin’s ‘gravitas’ for presidential bid

The former senior adviser to George W. Bush and Republican strategist Karl Rove told a British newspaper that Sarah Palin may not be presidential material. In an interview with the Telegraph, Rove said voters were unlikely to see someone who has her own reality TV show as a good candidate…

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper won’t print gay marriage notices

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper is defending its decision to refuse to publish marriage notices for gay couples. New Hampshire is one of five states to have legalized gay marriage. Two men getting married in Portsmouth on Saturday wanted to publish a marriage notice in the Union Leader of Manchester but…

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