Archive | November 6th, 2011

Equestrian superstar Hickstead dies during event

VERONA, Italy – Olympic show jumping champion Eric Lamaze’s horse Hickstead has died during a World Cup event. The International Equestrian Federation says that the Canadian partnership had just completed the 13-fence course with a single rail down in the middle of the combination when Hickstead collapsed and died. The cause of death was not [...]

Papandreou waits for powersharing meeting

ATHENS, Greece – Ministers say Greece’s embattled prime minister is waiting for the country’s president to host a meeting between him and the head of the opposition in an attempt to find a way out of a political crisis, as pressure mounts to ensure Greece avoids bankruptcy and remains in the eurozone. Prime Minister George [...]

US: Bomb attacks possible in Nigeria capital

LAGOS, Nigeria – A radical Muslim sect responsible for attacks that left more than 100 people dead in northeast Nigeria this week could bomb three luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in the oil-rich nation’s capital, the U.S. Embassy warned Sunday. The unusually specific warning from U.S. diplomats identified possible targets of the sect known locally [...]

Paul says friendship best way to deal with Iran

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul says “offering friendship” to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful way to deal with Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions. The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman, a longshot in the presidential campaign, said Sunday that Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been “blown out of proportion.” He said tough sanctions are [...]

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Geoffrey Mutai won NYC Marathon in a course record time

NEW YORK – Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, no surprise after he ran the fastest marathon ever earlier this year. Firehiwot Dado wasn’t a favorite coming into the women’s race and victory seemed impossible with even a few miles left. But the Ethiopian made a stunning [...]

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Suicide bombers kill 7 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two suicide bombers targeted worshippers on a key Muslim festival in northern Afghanistan, killing seven, including two local police commanders, officials said Sunday. The bombers struck as Muslims were leaving a mosque on the outskirts of Old Baghlan City after prayers at the start of the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the [...]

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Former general leads polls for Guatemala president

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalans rattled by soaring violence choose Sunday between two right-leaning presidential candidates: a former general who promises law and order and a tycoon-turned-political populist whose proposals include more social programs and zero tolerance on crime. Polls show Otto Perez Molina, 61, a retired general and former military intelligence director running for the [...]

Nicaragua pres Ortega poised to win third term

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan president and one-time Sandinista revolutionary Daniel Ortega appears headed for victory Sunday in an election that his critics say could be the prelude to a presidency-for-life. Since returning to power in 2007, the 65-year-old Ortega has boosted his popularity in Central America’s poorest country with a combination of pork-barrel populism and [...]

Cain accuser stands by allegation; he ducks issue

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Republican presidential contender Herman Cain got upset with reporters and vowed he would never answer questions about allegations of sexual harassment a decade ago, which have hobbled his unconventional campaign. Speaking after a one-on-one debate with rival Newt Gingrich on Saturday, Cain cut off reporters who asked about harassment allegations and [...]

Singer Andy Williams says he has bladder cancer

BRANSON, Missouri – Singer Andy Williams says he is battling bladder cancer. The Tri-Lakes News reports the 83-year-old Williams told the crowd at his show Saturday night at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. The silver-haired “Moon River” singer, who hosted a popular 1960s variety show, missed planned performances this fall with an undisclosed [...]

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