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Facebook adds civil unions to profiles

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook began letting its more than 600 million members indicate whether they are in civil unions or domestic partnerships in what was seen as a victory for same-sex couples. Facebook added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to the list of relationship options…

Steelers, Packers head to NFL Super Bowl

Green Bay and Pittsburgh punched their tickets to the Super Bowl, building substantial first-half leads then surviving late scares before holding on to win their NFL semi-final games. The Packers advanced to their first Super Bowl in 13 years with a 21-14 victory over long-time rival Chicago, who could not…

US ambassador to China ‘hints at presidential bid’

WASHINGTON — Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to China, has hinted he is considering running for the Republican presidential nomination in comments made to Newsweek. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah and a rising Republican star, was picked by US President Barack Obama for the China posting in 2009 in…

UN restores gay reference in anti-violence resolution

Gay rights advocates scored a hard-fought victory at the U.N. on Tuesday when member states restored a reference to sexual orientation, dropped last month from a resolution opposing the unjustified killing of minority groups. The removal of the reference, at the urging of African and Arab countries last month, alarmed…

Iran claims victory in nuclear talks

Iran claimed victory Wednesday in renewed talks with world powers over its controversial nuclear programme and vowed to make no concessions in the face of international pressure. Chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said the six world powers have accepted Tehran’s conditions for the talks as Iran’s conservative media praised Jalili…

Gen. Petraeus: Afghan victory not a ‘sure thing’

The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan says US victory in the region may not be a “sure thing” after all. “I don’t think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor,” Gen. David Petraeus told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Monday morning. “And I…

We cannot, need not beat, Al Qaeda: UK Army chief

LONDON — The head of Britain’s armed forces said Sunday that Al-Qaeda can never be completely beaten, but argued that outright victory is “unnecessary” as long as governments are able to contain the militants. “First of all you have to ask: do we need to defeat it (Islamist militancy) in…

Obama reaches out to Republicans after poll rout

A chastened President Barack Obama offered an olive branch to jubilant Republicans Wednesday after their crushing election victory halted his reform quest and cast doubt on his 2012 reelection hopes. Obama was set to make a first show of conciliation after a bitter congressional election campaign in a formal White…

Gorbachev: Victory in Afghanistan impossible

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who withdrew troops from Afghanistan in 1989 after a 10-year war, says the United States has no option but to withdraw its own forces. “Victory is impossible in Afghanistan,” Gorbachev told BBC‘s Moscow correspondent. “Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how…

O’Donnell: If I was a witch then Rove would support me

Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is making light of comments she made more than a decade ago about having dabbled in witchcraft when she was in high school. “How many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school?” she asked fellow Republicans at a GOP picnic in…

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