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Mormonism takes center stage at conservative event

The uneasy relationship between Mitt Romney and the evangelical wing of the Republican Party over his Mormon religion has been part of the quiet subtext of the primary contest so far. On Friday, the quiet ended. At the Values Voters summit in Washington, Southern Baptist Convention leader Robert Jeffress told reporters that Mormonism was a cult and that Romney was ...

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Dutch to reclassify high-strength cannabis

The famous cannabis-selling coffee shops of the Netherlands are facing new tighter restrictions. The Dutch government is reclassifying high-strength cannabis to put it in the same category as hard drugs. It says the amount of the main active chemical in the…

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Mexican navy finds 32 bodies in Veracruz

Thirty-two bodies have been found in several locations in Mexico’s eastern port city of Veracruz, the navy says. The discovery comes two weeks after 35 bodies were dumped on a busy road in Veracruz state in broad…

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Panetta defends NATO’s Libya mission

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy — U.S Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday assailed people who have questioned the wisdom of the joint U.S.-NATO campaign against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying “the critics have really been proven wrong.” Completing an overseas trip, the defense secretary fiercely defended the Libyan operation as he got a new assessment from U.S. and NATO commanders ...

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Karzai says he let Afghans down on security

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview broadcast on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. military campaign, said his government and its foreign backers had failed to provide ordinary Afghans with security. Karzai also said he had not ruled out talks with the Taliban insurgents believed to be behind last month’s assassination of his top ...

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We Can’t Go Home Again

By George H. Wittman on 10.7.11 @ 6:07AM Ron Paul-style isolationists are dead wrong on America’s place in the world. Many serious thinkers and writers have commented on the need for the United States to get out of Afghanistan and cease attempting to dictate policy and action to the Pakistanis. This thought process is then accompanied by the seemingly logical ...

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Live From Wall Street

By Bill Zeiser on 10.7.11 @ 6:08AM One clean-cut journalist goes undercover with the protesters. What exactly does one wear to a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions… [made up of] the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent”? This was my pressing question as I ...

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Profile: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has emerged as a champion of women’s rights after jointly winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with two other women – fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Tawakkul Karman. Johnson-Sirleaf, the 72-year-old who became Africa’s first elected female president in 2005, is running for re-election in next week’s polls, and her new status as a Nobel ...

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Timeline: UK forces in Afghanistan

Here is a timeline of key events in the UK’s military involvement in Afghanistan, which has been continuing for 10 years: 2001 September 11 – Nearly 3,000 people are killed when al Qaida terrorists hijack four passenger aircraft and crash them in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. October 7 – Then-prime minister Tony Blair confirms that British forces are ...

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Anti-Nato protest staged in Kabul

Hundreds of people have marched through the streets of the Afghan capital Kabul, demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the US invasion. The peaceful…

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