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Guinea president’s home hit by rocket fire

The residence of Guinea’s recently installed president was hit by rocket fire as sustained heavy weapons’ fire rocked the capital Conakry overnight, officials told AFP on Tuesday. An official in the president’s office told AFP that President Alpha Conde was unhurt. “He is safe and sound,” said the official, Francois…

Egyptian state TV announces Mubarak in coma

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who is in custody in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, is in a coma, state television reported on Sunday, quoting his lawyer. “The former president is in a full coma after his health suddenly deteriorated,” the channel reported.…

Rick Perry growing ‘more comfortable’ with ‘call’ to run for president

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry is growing ever more comfortable with party members unhappy with the current field calling on him to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. “I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry told The Des Moines Register. “But…

House GOP split into two factions on budget deal

According to a McClatchy report today, the members of the House GOP have split into two camps on the current budget deal, the flexible and the non-flexible. On one side are the long-time Republican House members who see the president’s current deal, which gives them 80 percent of what they…

Obama to meet with Dalai Lama, defying China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will meet Saturday with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, defying warnings from China after calls built at home to welcome the monk, officials said. The meeting was announced late Friday after a long silence from the Obama administration about whether the president…

Report: Warren to be passed over as nominee to head Consumer Bureau

Bloomberg News is reporting as of Friday evening that President Obama has chosen somebody other than Elizabeth Warren to be nominated as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to the report, which is based on an anonymous source, an unidentified individual who already works at the agency will…

Palin raises $1.6 million for non-campaign, has spent most of it

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin, the darling of the conservative Tea Party, has raised $1.6 million in campaign donations even though she has not yet said she will run for president and has already spent a huge chunk of the funds, documents showed. The Federal Election Commission report released Thursday showed…

Obama, lawmakers facing fresh doubts on debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sharply divided by partisan bickering, President Barack Obama and top Republicans face growing doubts on Thursday about the prospects for reaching a deal to avoid a potentially disastrous debt default. With tensions running high in Washington political circles as the clock ticks toward an August 2 deadline…

Afghan president buries assassinated brother

A weeping Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday led thousands of mourners at the funeral of his brother, whose assassination could push southern Afghanistan into renewed instability. Ahmed Wali Karzai may have been dogged by allegations of links to the drugs trade and corruption, but his shock killing at home by…

Testy U.S. debt talks set to enter third day

President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents headed Tuesday into a third straight day of talks seeking an elusive deal to avert a potentially ruinous early August default on US debt payments. The 3:45 pm (1935 GMT) discussions at the White House came after Obama Monday scolded Republicans and pressed…

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