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Somalia car bombing kills at least 57

A car bomb ripped through a government compound in Mogadishuon Tuesday, killing at least 57 in the deadliest attack by Somalia’s Shebab since they launched their insurgency almost five years ago. Witnesses described the carnage as the worst they had seen in Mogadishu since Somalia plunged into chaos two decades ago and said the…

5 Civil War reenactors struck by lightning

Hospitals brace themselves for an influx of explosive injuries every Fourth of July weekend, but they surely couldn’t have predicted this particular batch of patriotic injuries: Five Civil War reenactors in Gettysburg, Penn. were injured when lightning struck, the Associated Press reported. At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, lightning struck a…

Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner dies in U.S.

MOSCOW (AFP) – Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov and tireless critic of Vladimir Putin, has died aged 88 in her adopted home in the United States. A pediatrician by training but a historic figure in life, Bonner died on Saturday in Boston…

Sen. Al Franken: Congress must vote on Libya

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said that congressional approval would be needed to authorize continued U.S. military intervention in Libya. “The War Powers Act should be enforced,” Franken told Talking Points Memo after giving a speech at Netroots Nation in his home state of Minnesota. “We’re going to have to vote.”…

Obama insists Libya action legal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama insisted that the current US military action in Libya was legal, rejecting rising criticism from Congress over the goals and justification of the operation. In a 30-page report to lawmakers, the White House argued that US participation in the NATO-led assault on Moamer Kadhafi’s…

White House denies violating War Powers Act in report to Congress on Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent a report to Congress Wednesday insisting that he did not exceed his powers in ordering US military action in Libya. Officials said that the 30-page report justifies US action in the mission to protect civilians and target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi and contains…

Boehner warns Obama of violating War Powers Act in Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top critic in the US Congress pressed him on Tuesday to explain in detail why he has not sought lawmakers’ formal approval for operations in Libya as required under US law. Republican US House Speaker John Boehner warned Obama in a letter that the administration…

U.S. Congress votes against Libya funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya. Lawmakers adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163. A number of members of Congress have recently expressed their dissatisfaction at President…

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber crashes near Chicago

CHICAGO — A World War II era “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed into a field near Chicago and burst into flames Monday, but officials said all seven passengers on board escaped injury. Flames and thick black smoke billowed out of the wreckage of the historic plane which was ripped in half…

Religious satire wins big at the Tony awards

NEW YORK — Satirical musical “The Book of Mormon” and spectacular production “War Horse” were among big winners at an annual Tony Awards ceremony celebrating the best of American theater. “The Book of Mormon”, a satire about two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in Uganda, scooped nine…

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