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Afghanistan tackling almost 4,000 poll complaints

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan’s electoral watchdog said Wednesday it was dealing with almost 4,000 complaints over the parliamentary election, which has been tainted by accusations of fraud and Taliban intimidation. Election officials said 4.3 million Afghans voted on Saturday despite insurgent threats and attacks, in their second parliamentary poll since…

US homes lost to foreclosure up 25 pct on year

US home repossessions spike in August to highest level since start of mortgage crisis Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis. The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed…

ACLU, CCR sue US over targeted assassinations of American citizens

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) have filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., demanding to know more about an alleged policy of assassinating Americans thought to be involved in terrorist activities. “The United States cannot simply execute people, including its own citizens, anywhere…

George Will: Mideast peace process is ‘biggest threat to peace’

In George Will’s world, no peace process is the best path to peace in the Middle East. The conservative columnist told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday that restarting the peace process would do more harm than good in Palestine. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced this week that there will be…

BP says testing process on cap should begin ‘soon’

BP says it hopes to restart the testing process on the cap it’s put on top of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill now that a leak in the machinery has been fixed. Kent Wells, a senior vice president in the company, said at a Thursday morning news briefing that…

Afghanistan president backs US General McChrystal to keep job

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai’s government swung behind the embattled US commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, warning that his sacking “would not be helpful” at a critical juncture in a nine-year war. US General Stanley McChrystal has been summoned to the White House amid speculation he may lose his job…

AP journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil

Some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into the thickest patch of red oil I’ve ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can’t see anything and we’re just five seconds into the dive. Dropping beneath the…

Latina professor jeered, threatened for speaking against immigration laws

Professor Sandra Soto, welcome to civil rights notoriety. Last week, Arizona University’s professor of Latina studies took the stage to address 2010 graduates of the school’s Social and Behavioral Sciences program. Naturally, her words were timely and touched upon the state’s recently passed immigration laws that allow police to question…

Palestinians clash with right-wing Israelis in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Rock-throwing Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Sunday near a march being held by Israeli right-wingers through a tense neighborhood of annexed Arab east Jerusalem. The fighting took place several hundred yards away from where the flag-waving marchers made a statement “affirming Jewish sovereignty over the whole…

Fox News host interrupts Obama 16 times in testy interview

When President Obama agreed to be interviewed by Fox News, he surely didn’t expect to be soft-balled. But he probably didn’t foresee the interviewer interrupting him more than a dozen times, and having to repeatedly point that out. Host Bret Baier insisted on discussing the parliamentary procedures Democrats are mulling…

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