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US lawmakers close to passing huge spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives was on track to approve slashing 61 billion dollars in government spending in a measure that makes deep cuts to global US aid in the name of austerity. Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber have been at work since Tuesday on a spending bill…

Iraqi defector ‘Curveball’ admits to WMD lies that led to war

An Iraqi defector, codenamed Curveball, who allegedly helped convince the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had a secret stash of biological and chemical weapons, has admitted for the first time that he made it all up. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told The Guardian that he invented the stories to help…

North Korean diplomat: ‘War may break out at any moment’

A North Korean diplomat said Thursday that tensions on the Korean peninsula were running so high over the sinking of a South Korean warship that “war may break out at any moment.” In a speech to the international Conference on Disarmament, Ri Jang-Gon, deputy permanent representative for North Korea at…

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