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Huge crowds launch Spain’s Pamplona bull-run fiesta

Tens of thousands of revellers packed Pamplona and soaked each other in sangria Wednesday to kick off Spain’s best-known fiesta: the San Fermin bull-running festival. Swilling gallons of beer, wine and sangria, Spaniards and foreigners jammed into the main Plaza del Ayuntamiento to hear the traditional shout from a City…

Suicide bombers attack landmark hotel in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Up to seven Taliban fighters, including suicide bombers, attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late on Tuesday, Afghan officials said, before NATO helicopters killed the last three insurgents in a final rooftop battle. Reuters witnesses heard at least seven blasts over the course…

Facebook growth slows as it loses some U.S. users

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Facebook is approaching 700 million members but its growth is slowing and it lost users in the United States and Canada last month, the Inside Facebook website said Monday. Facebook had 687 million members at the start of June, said Inside Facebook, which closely tracks developments…

Al Qaeda most lethal terrorist ‘franchise’ in recent history: report

Al Qaeda has been one of the most lethal terrorist organization in the world under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, according to an analysis by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. More than 600 groups have committed…

US, Russia launch nuclear arms reduction pact

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a landmark nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia on Saturday, a showpiece of Washington’s “reset” of ties with its former Cold War enemy. The new START nuclear arms reduction treaty officially came into force when Clinton and Russian counterpart…

Democrats to hold Tuesday vote on START nuclear pact

The Senate was expected to hold a test vote Tuesday on a nuclear arms control pact with Russia, even though top Republican lawmakers stiffened their opposition to the accord, saying it needed to be “fixed.” Leading Democrats said they believed they had enough votes to ratify the treaty, which would…

No nuclear arms treaty puts US-Russia ties at risk, Obama warns

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama warned members of the US Senate Saturday that their failure to ratify a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia before the end of the year could set back relations with the former Cold War rival. “Without a new treaty, we’ll risk turning back…

GOP may hold START Treaty hostage over immigration reform, ‘don’t ask’ repeal

As the repeal of the military’s gay ban and a crucial vote on immigration reform edge closer, Republicans are finding more and more ways to derail the effort and run out the clock on the Democrats’ lame duck session. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), speaking from the Senate floor Friday, said…

DeMint aims to waste days by forcing readings of START, omnibus bill

UPDATE: Jim DeMint will no longer demand a reading of the START Treaty, but Democratic leader Harry Reid has agreed to postpone the debate until Thursday, for which DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton claimed victory. “Senator DeMint opposes ramming the controversial START Treaty in the lame duck session. After Senator DeMint…

Putin: failure to ratify START would be ‘dumb’

Putin says Russia will have to deploy new nukes if treaty with US isn’t ratified Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is warning that his country will find it necessary to build up its nuclear forces, if the United State’s doesn’t ratify a new arms reduction treaty. The treaty, called New…

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