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Manning unstable, unfit for service in Iraq: fellow soldier

Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence officer accused of leaking thousands of government documents to whistleblower group WikiLeaks, was deemed unfit for service in the military, according to reports unearthed by The Guardian. Manning was so unstable prior to his deployment to Iraq that he wet himself, was prone to…

Chinese man swindled migrants in ‘US army’ scam

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Chinese man was arraigned on charges relating to his “recruitment” of Chinese men living in the United States into a fictitious US army unit. Yupeng Deng, 51, duped more than 100 Chinese immigrants into paying him to join a fake unit he called the “US…

US soldier pleads guilty over Afghan killings

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AFP) – A US soldier pleaded guilty to targeting Afghan civilians for execution, under a plea bargain for his part in a rogue US Army unit in southern Afghanistan. Corporal Jeremy Morlock, who is set to testify against four co-accused, admitted murdering or helping to kill…

Mike Huckabee backs reinstating military ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee said Tuesday he would support re-imposing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military if elected president. “I would — because that’s really what the military wants,” Huckabee told OneNewsNow. “There’s been some talk that the military is…

China vows to cut energy, carbon intensity by 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to cut the amount of energy and carbon dioxide emissions needed for every unit of economic growth by 16 to 17 percent from this year to the end of 2015, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday. This was the first time a top Chinese…

New fighting threatens mediation efforts in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – Intense fighting in Ivory Coast on Wednesday threatened diplomatic efforts to end a months-old tug-of-war between rival claimants to the presidency of the world’s top cocoa producer. Heavy weapons fire echoed for a second day Wednesday in an Abidjan district controlled by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the…

US to spend $75 million on new Yemen military training

WASHINGTON – The United States aims to spend $75 million to double the size of a special Yemeni counter-terrorism unit, a US official said on Monday. The funding, which has yet to be approved by Congress, is part of a broader effort to increase pressure on al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate,…

Authorities move WikiLeaks’ founder to ‘isolation’ cell

Lawyer: Assange ‘does not get any recreation” WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was in a segregation unit of a London jail Saturday for his safety, as new secret US diplomatic cables were made public, increasing the embarrassment to Washington. The 39-year-old Australian has been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth…

Repealing ‘Don’t Ask’ would not harm military, defense secretary says

Repealing the military’s discriminatory anti-gay policies “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that many have feared and predicted,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday. Gates was speaking at a press conference announcing the release of a long-term study on the impacts of allowing gays to serve openly in the…

McDonald’s, Pepsi, Kellogg’s to help write Britain’s health policy: report

Will Britain’s ‘behavioral insight unit’ nudge people into making healthy choices … or eating junk food? Britain’s new Conservative government is effectively handing over control of the country’s health policies to multinational food and drink manufacturers and fast-food retailers, says a report in the British press. According to the Guardian,…

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