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Brother of Afghan president ‘martyred’

Updated July 12, 2011; 4 am ET. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the younger brother of the Afghan president and a powerful figure in the deeply troubled southern province of Kandahar, was assassinated on Tuesday, officials said. Initial details were sketchy, but a family friend, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP…

China’s top general criticizes U.S. naval exercises

China’s top military officer said Monday the timing of US naval exercises in the South China Sea was “inappropriate,” after talks with his US counterpart aimed at cooling the territorial dispute. General Chen Bingde urged the United States to be “more modest and prudent in words and deeds”, amid growing…

Sen. DeMint: Geithner ‘playing Chicken Little’ on the debt ceiling

Tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Sunday that there was no risk of “major economic consequences” if the debt limit was not raised by Aug. 2. “I think the president has been gaming Republicans,” DeMint told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “He has been talking about this for six…

McConnell: Stopping Obama’s re-election still ‘single most important’ goal

Even with the country on the brink of default, the Senate’s highest ranking Republican says his “single most important” goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term president. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

Former US First Lady Betty Ford dies, aged 93

Former US First Lady Betty Ford died at the age of 93, drawing tributes for her inspiring role notably in helping treat drug and alcohol addicts at her California-based health center. The widow of president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, was also hailed for campaigning for breast cancer awareness…

Putin sent to Russia by God: Kremlin aide

Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God to help it deal with its troubles in the early post-Soviet era, the Kremlin’s top political adviser was quoted as saying on Friday. “To be honest, I think of Putin as a person who was sent to Russia by fate and the…

China dismisses reports Jiang has died

China’s official media said Thursday that reports claiming former president Jiang Zemin had died were “pure rumour”, after days of intense speculation about his health. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted “authoritative sources” in its report denying the rumour, which emerged last Friday after the 84-year-old failed to appear at…

Murder suspect planned to assassinate Obama

CHICAGO — An escaped convict allegedly murdered an elderly woman as part of a bizarre plot aimed at assassinating US President Barack Obama after a cross-country killing spree, court records showed. Maybelle Schein, 75, was discovered with her throat cut in the bedroom of her South Dakota home on Saturday…

Karl Rove expects Gov. Rick Perry to join 2012 GOP presidential race

Former George W. Bush political aide Karl Rove said Wednesday that he believes Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will run for president, The Hill reported. “I think you’re right that he’s going to run,” Rove said on the Fox Business Network. “This is a big state with nearly 24 million…

Hugo Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela

Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming from Cuba on Monday and declared himself "fine" despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment. …

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