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U.S. lays bare concerns on Pakistan army

In suspending aid, the United States is showing it will no longer give the benefit of the doubt to Pakistan’s military after a long debate on how to handle the powerful institution. President Barack Obama’s administration took office with a determination to strengthen Pakistan’s weak democratic leaders and crafted a…

Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on Proposition 8

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday upheld retired Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruling on California’s Proposition 8, after supporters of the measure accused Walker of being prejudiced in the case. Sponsors of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage, argued that Walker should have been disqualified…

Federal judge says gay Proposition 8 judge was not required to recuse himself

U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware said during a court hearing Monday that there was no evidence that retired Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself from the Proposition 8 trial. The Los Angeles Times reported that sponsors of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same sex marriage, argued…

Mass. bill would require divorcing parents to obtain judge’s approval for sex

The Massachusetts legislature is conducting hearings Wednesday on a bill that would bar divorcing couples with children from carrying on a sexual relationship while in their own home. The bill would prevent parents from “conducting a dating or sexual relationship within the home” until the divorce is final. Although seemingly…

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain defends Afghanistan non-answer

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he did not have enough information to express a clear policy on Afghanistan, but knew the United State’s relationship with Israel should be strengthened. At the Fox News Republican debate in South Carolina two weeks ago, Cain struggled to answer foreign policy…

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announce they’re splitting up

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Movie megastar turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have announced their separation, after 25 years of a high-profile personal as well as political marriage. The Republican former California governor and Shriver — a member of the Democrat-leading Kennedy dynasty — have been living…

Hillary Clinton and Biden press China on human rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joseph Biden warned China Monday the United States would press hard on human rights, over which the two sides have a “vigorous” disagreement and criticizing Beijing’s latest crackdown on dissent. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both used unusually blunt language on human rights at the start of an annual meeting…

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ with human right in China post-talks

(Reuters) – The United States is “deeply concerned” about a crackdown on dissidents and rights lawyers in China, and the friction could impede the two powers’ ties, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner said on Thursday after “tough” talks in Beijing. The latest U.S.-China dialogue on human rights came at…

Conservatives: Prop. 8 should be reinstated because judge who struck it down is gay

Conservatives in California, incensed by a U.S. District Judge who overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, are claiming in an appeal that the decision should be nullified because the judge is actually a gay man. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who overturned the same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition…

US army may not help in future Iraq crises: official

BAGHDAD – Iraqi leaders should not expect US forces to return to help in a crisis once they leave at the end of the year, a senior American military official said on Wednesday. The remarks came just days after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates ended a visit to Iraq during…

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