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Wikileaks controversy forces US ambassador to Mexico to resign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US ambassador to Mexico has resigned, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced, after Mexican President Felipe Calderon said diplomatic cables written by the envoy damaged bilateral ties. Ambassador Carlos Pascual “has relayed his decision to return to Washington based upon his personal desire to ensure the…

After spy freed, CIA touts ‘healthy’ Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities. A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money…

Facebook adds civil unions to profiles

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook began letting its more than 600 million members indicate whether they are in civil unions or domestic partnerships in what was seen as a victory for same-sex couples. Facebook added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to the list of relationship options…

UK court bans man from having sex because of low IQ

What does a “vigorous sex drive” and a low IQ get you? In Britain, the answer seems to be a court order preventing you from having sex. In a ruling that was attacked by some as homophobic and insensitive to disabled peoples’ rights, a British court ordered last week that…

Eating carrots ‘makes you more attractive’: study

Eating strongly coloured vegetables and fruit such as carrots and plums makes people more attractive, according to a new British study. Researchers at St Andrews and Bristol universities studied the relationship between skin colour and attractiveness, and found people with a yellow skin hue were perceived as particularly healthy and…

Lindsey Graham calls for permanent US military presence in Afghanistan

The US military will never leave Afghanistan if Sen. Lindsey Graham has his way. The Republican senator from South Carolina expressed his hope Sunday that the country would invite the US to install permanent military bases. “I hope that we can find an enduring relationship with Afghanistan that will make…

Gulf spill fund czar paying for ethics advice

Gulf spill fund czar paying for advice from ethics prof who has declared him independent of BP The administrator of the $20 billion fund BP set up to compensate Gulf oil spill victims is using money from it to pay for advice from a law professor who backs his assertion…

WikiLeaks website, pummeled by attacks, loses home

Update: Amazon tells Lieberman that it took down the WikiLeaks website Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman released a statement Wednesday saying that Amazon.com told him that it had terminated its relationship with a WikiLeaks website that hosted secret US diplomatic cables. Talking Points Memo obtained a copy of the full statement:…

AP: Facebook-banning NJ pastor acknowledges threesome

A pastor who said Facebook was a “portal to infidelity” and told married church leaders to delete their accounts or resign once testified that he had a three-way sexual relationship with his wife and a male church assistant. The Rev. Cedric Miller confirmed the information reported Saturday by the Asbury…

‘I’d have endorsed Obama if they’d asked me,’ Bush reportedly said

It’s an age old question: Who are “they” and what do they want from us? Apparently “they” wanted former US President George W. Bush to endorse Sen. John McCain for president — but “I’d have endorsed Obama if they’d asked me,” he reportedly told a group of British diplomats in…

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