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Discovery shuttle blasts off on last space odyssey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The shuttle Discovery blasted off on its final mission into orbit, marking the beginning of the end for what has been a central part of the US space program for three decades. NASA’s most journeyed shuttle launched at 4:53 pm (2153 GMT) on its way…

Republicans target Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, safe sex counseling

WASHINGTON – A new Republican bill defunding the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood would also cut millions of dollars in funding for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The measure would eliminate all $327 million in funding for Title X, a family planning program that began 40…

Medicare chief says health law working

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s chief of health programs for the elderly and poor on Thursday said the year-old US healthcare overhaul was helping millions of Americans and called a push by congressional Republicans to repeal the law unfortunate. Medicare and Medicaid services administrator Donald Berwick, appearing before a congressional…

Mubarak’s new deputy linked to CIA rendition program

WASHINGTON — The man named by President Hosni Mubarak as his first ever deputy, Egyptian spy chief Omar Suleiman, reportedly orchestrated the brutal interrogation of terror suspects abducted by the CIA in a secret program condemned by rights groups. His role in the controversial “war on terror” illustrates the ties…

World powers wait for Tehran’s response after ‘difficult’ nuclear talks

ISTANBUL – World powers failed to prise any change from Iran in two days of talks on its nuclear program, with the EU and United States calling the discussions disappointing and saying no further meetings were planned. “This is not the conclusion I’d hoped for,” European Union foreign policy chief…

WikiLeaks being ‘exploited to spread conspiracy theories,’ Jewish group claims

The release of thousands of US diplomatic cables by the secrets outlet WikiLeaks has unintentionally led to the proliferation of anti-Israel conspiracy theories, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL said that conspiracy theories linking Israel to WikiLeaks have circulated through online publications, where it has been suggested that…

Drug decriminalization pays off in Portugal as US weighs its options

These days, Casal Ventoso is an ordinary blue-collar community — mothers push baby strollers, men smoke outside cafes, buses chug up and down the cobbled main street. Ten years ago, the Lisbon neighborhood was a hellhole, a “drug supermarket” where some 5,000 users lined up every day to buy heroin…

California gives green light to carbon trade

California on Thursday approved rules for a multibillion-dollar carbon market, in what proponents hope and detractors fear will be a turning point for the United States toward building a national program to address global warming. After Congress failed to pass a climate change law last year, California is the vanguard…

Officials: CIA gave waterboarders $5M legal shield

Officials: CIA promised $5M in legal fees for psychologists who waterboarded detainees The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said.…

Italian court ups sentences for 23 CIA agents

ROME — An Italian court on Wednesday upped the sentences for 23 CIA agents convicted in absentia of abducting an Egyptian imam in one of the biggest cases against the US “extraordinary rendition” program. The 23 CIA agents, originally sentenced in November 2009 to five to eight years in prison,…

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