Archive | December 10th, 2011

Barack Obama

Obama decides high-profile issues in future of 2012

WASHINGTON – On issues from air pollution to contraception, U.S. President Barack Obama has broken sharply with liberal activists and come down on the side of business interests and social conservatives as he moves more to the political middle for his re-election campaign. Without a Democratic challenger who might tug him to the left, Obama [...]

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Right-wing extremists march in Sweden

STOCKHOLM – An AP reporter says left-wing protesters in central Stockholm have thrown firecrackers and eggs at right-wing extremists demonstrating against immigration. Police spokeswoman Diana Sundin says there are about 400 people on each side, but that the situation is under control. Large parts of the city were sealed off ahead of Saturday’s protests.

CIA spy plane loss exposes covert US-Iran conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The loss to Iran of the CIA’s surveillance drone bristling with advanced spy technology is more than a propaganda coup and intelligence windfall for the Tehran government. The plane’s capture has peeled back another layer of secrecy from expanding U.S. operations against Iran’s nuclear and military programs. Like the Soviet Union’s downing [...]

Police go door-to-door in Congo after poll results

KINSHASA, Congo – Police in an unmarked car are rounding up young men in opposition neighborhoods in Congo’s capital a day after election results declared the incumbent president the winner. A team of reporters saw the group of police officers force their way into a home in Kinshasa on Saturday. They dragged out a young [...]

Big Moscow protest rally against vote fraud begins

MOSCOW – Tens of thousands of Muscovites thronged to a square across the river from the Kremlin on Saturday to protest alleged electoral fraud and urge an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule, demands repeated at other rallies across this vast country in the largest public show of discontent in post-Soviet Russia. The demonstrations [...]

3 women accept Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway – Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence in Liberia and Yemen accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy. “My sisters, my daughters, my friends, find your voice,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel diploma [...]

Ivory Coast prepares for tense legislative poll

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – U.N. tanks patrolled Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Saturday on the eve of a legislative election, in what residents said was a reminder of the tense mood just before last year’s presidential poll plunged the nation into months of violence. Officials hope a calm election on Sunday can bring stability and usher [...]

Filipino militants free US teen after 5 months

MANILA, Philippines – A 14-year-old American boy who was abducted with his mother and cousin by suspected Muslim militants in the southern Philippines was released Saturday from five months of jungle captivity, the Philippine military said. The boy, Kevin Lunsmann, was recovered by a village official in Lamitan town on southern Basilan Island, a stronghold [...]

Bollywood star Dev Anand cremated in London

LONDON – More than 100 people have attended a funeral for Bollywood legend Dev Anand at a small chapel in London. Pallbearers also had to push their way through reporters and fans bearing tribute banners as Anand’s casket was then taken to the Putney Vale Crematorium in west London for cremation on Saturday. Anand died [...]

Team Telefonica extends lead in Volvo Ocean Race

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Team Telefonica extended its lead in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday after the Spanish boat’s brilliantly conceived victory in the second in-port race to follow up its win in the first leg. Telefonica, led by 2004 Olympic gold medallist Iker Martinez, won by 43 seconds after nearly an hour’s [...]

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