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China assails U.S. over Dalai Lama, fallout seen limited

BEIJING (Reuters) – China stepped up its criticism of Washington on Monday after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, but stopped short of threatening retaliation, indicating Beijing was keen to avoid escalating tensions between the world’s biggest economies. Obama met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader for 45 minutes on…

Rep. Alcee Hastings sued for sexual harassment

A conservative watchdog group filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Monday against against Rep. Alcee Hasting (D-FL). Judicial Watch filed the suit in federal court on behalf of Winsome Packer, who formerly had worked for the congressman. The harassment allegedly occurred between 2008 and 2010 when the two were working together…

US threatened ‘retaliation’ to bully EU into accepting biotech crops, cable shows

Reacting to a French pledge to represent the “common interest” in considering biotech foods, a former US ambassador recommended publishing a “retaliation list” of European locations where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were being grown in hopes that activists would destroy them and “cause some pain” for officials, a leaked diplomatic…

Former Israeli intelligence chief calls for preemptive strike on Iran

Israel should launch a pre-emptive strike to prevent arch-foe Iran from going nuclear, a former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency said on Monday. “I am of the opinion that, since there is an ongoing war, since the threat is permanent, since the intention of the enemy in this case…

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