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Poll: Bachmann rises among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Minnesota lawmaker Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, has surged to second place among Republican presidential contenders, a poll said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains ahead of the pack, but Bachmann has “zoomed into second place,” more than doubling her support, said…

Dalai Lama says Tibetans support ‘Middle Way’

WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama voiced confidence Monday that Tibetans supported his “Middle Way” of seeking greater rights but staying under China’s rule, despite criticism from some young exiles. The Dalai Lama, who announced earlier this year that he was retiring from political duties, said that it was up to…

Australia steps up climate fight, unveils sweeping carbon plan

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia unveiled its most sweeping economic reform in decades on Sunday with a plan to tax carbon emissions from the nation’s worst polluters, reviving hopes of stronger global climate action with the largest emissions trade scheme outside Europe. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said 500 companies including steel…

Boehner pledges support for Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday pledged support for the Dalai Lama during a meeting at the Capitol, hailing the exiled monk as an example to the United States and the world. The head of the House of Representatives said that US lawmakers spoke with the Dalai…

Chavez health scare leaves dependent Cuba on edge

HAVANA — A health scare for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who underwent surgery for cancer in Cuba, has generated deep concern in the Americas’ lone communist country which depends politically and economically on him. Chavez, 56, has been in Cuba for three weeks. Officials say he has undergone two rounds…

No automatic right to lawyer in U.S. civil cases: court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that states did not have an automatic duty to provide counsel in civil courts in the case of a divorced father who was jailed for failing to pay child support. By a majority 5-4 vote, the justices found that while the…

GLAAD president resigns over his support for AT&T

The president of a leading LGBT rights group has resigned over his controversial support of AT&T’s corporate objectives. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president Jarrett Barrios offered the board his resignation Saturday, according to Politico. Barrios had sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting AT&T’s…

Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

Bradley Manning supporters rally at WikiLeaks federal grand jury

Supporters of Army Private Bradley Manning rallied outside the courthouse where a federal grand jury has convened to investigate WikiLeaks. The Associated Press reported that supporters of the Army private, who is accused of supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, gathered outside the courthouse in northern Virginia on Wednesday. Activist David…

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said. Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted…

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