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U.S. refocuses on home-grown terror threat

WASHINGTON — The United States vowed Wednesday to pursue the “utter destruction” of Al-Qaeda, while refocusing its counter-terrorism strategy to combat the threat of home-grown terror. The new strategy comes on the 10th year of the US-led “war on terror,” launched by former president George W. Bush after the deadly…

Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

NATO operations in Libya entered a 100th day on Monday with airstrikes having eased the siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and fears of an open war lingering. Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, NATO is still pounding…

Sanders: ’5 million seniors face the threat of hunger’

WASHINGTON – A 12-page report released Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found that about 5 million senior citizens are threatened by hunger in the United States. “It is estimated that 5 million seniors face the threat of hunger, 3 million seniors are at risk of hunger, and 1 million…

Obama ‘not concerned’ over new recession threat

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected concerns about a second US recession amid a raft of poor data on US economic growth. “I am not concerned about a double-dip recession,” Obama said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while acknowledging that there was…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

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…

Google accuses China of blocking Gmail

BEIJING (AFP) – Google accused the Chinese government on Monday of interfering with its Gmail service, after weeks of online disruptions that have coincided with calls for protests emulating those in the Middle East. “There is no technical issue on our side — we have checked extensively. This is a…

Major 7.3 offshore quake jolts Japan

TOKYO — A major 7.3-magnitude offshore earthquake rattled Japan on Wednesday, swaying Tokyo buildings, triggering a small tsunami and reminding the nation of the ever-present threat of seismic disaster. Police reported no casualties or property damage, and operators of nuclear power plants and Shinkansen bullet trains quickly gave the all-clear,…

Bernanke warns on oil price ‘threat’

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday warned a “sustained” rise in oil prices could threaten US growth and spark dangerous price rises, as he eyed turmoil in Libya. Bernanke told Congress he believed unrest in the oil-rich Middle East would result in “temporary” and “modest” increase in…

African Union seeks peaceful end to Ivory Coast crisis

ABIDJAN – African powers launched a fresh diplomatic push for a peaceful solution to Ivory Coast’s deadly crisis Sunday, piling pressure on defiant leader Laurent Gbagbo to quit and avoid an armed intervention. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, named by the African Union to try to broker an end to…

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