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Soldier-turned-singer: US ordered me to attack Russian troops

‘I’m not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War 3,’ top UK soldier reportedly said A British pop singer who served during the war in Kosovo says he refused an order from US Gen. Wesley Clark to attack 200 Russian troops, a move he says could…

Cubans upset at video game that aims to kill Fidel Castro

Cuba’s state-run media and bloggers are not amused at “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” a new video game in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. “What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now…

WashPost: War with Iran would rescue economy

Washington Post political correspondent David Broder has kind words for President Barack Obama in in his opinion column Sunday, arguing that it isn’t the president’s fault the economy is stuck in reverse. But the four-decade-plus veteran of Washington politics offers a startling solution to the president’s political and economic woes:…

GOP Senate hopeful advocates East German-style border security

Alaskan GOP Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller thinks the United States should emulate the border security of the German Democratic Republic, better known as East Germany. At a town hall meeting in Anchorage on Sunday, Miller said in response to a question about illegal immigration that “the…

Huntington Library gives Nazi papers to National Archives

Documents that historians say laid the legal groundwork for the execution of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust were turned over to the National Archives on Wednesday. The private, nonprofit Huntington Library formally handed the Nuremberg Laws to archive officials during a news conference at The Huntington’s sprawling complex of…

MSNBC host: Media paints Petraeus as ‘towering, colossally awesome dude’

Washington Post editor suggests Petraeus is acting as Obama’s ‘front man’ in selling the Afghanistan War and might ‘try to define downward what it means to prevail’ if his counterinsurgency strategy doesn’t work General David Petraeus, who stepped down from his position as head of Central Command in June to…

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

A single-engine plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens crashed into a remote Alaska mountainside, killing the state’s most beloved political figure and four others and stranding the survivors on brush-and-rock-covered slopes overnight until rescuers could reach them. Volunteers discovered the wreckage late Monday and tended to the injured, including Stevens’…

US attends Hiroshima memorial ceremony for first time

HIROSHIMA, Japan — The United States on Friday for the first time attended a ceremony commemorating its atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 65 years after the Japanese city’s obliteration rang in the nuclear age. Representatives from more than 70 nations joined tens of thousands at the emotional event, held under an…

A reading list to help understand Wikileaks’ ‘War Logs’

This morning, The New York Times, England’s The Guardian and Germany’s Der Spiegel published reports on what’s been termed the “War Logs”—nearly 92,000 documents about the war in Afghanistan made public by WikiLeaks. To put the leaked documents in context, we pulled together some of the best, past reporting on the main themes in…

Proposed mosque sets Tennessee residents at odds

During the American Civil War, the border state of Tennesse was bitterly divided, with pockets of pro-Union sentiment strongly opposing the secessionist majority. Today, the residents of the city of Murfreesboro are not about to take up arms against each other, but a peaceful war of words is heating up…

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