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Obama Warns Against ‘Ramping Up’

In a historic trip to a long shunned land, President Barack Obama on Monday showered praise and promises of more U.S. help to Myanmar if the Asian nation keeps building its new democracy. "Our goal is to sustain the momentum," he declared with pride as the first U.S. president to visit here. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Obama packed in diplomacy and soaked in his steamy surroundings. He ...

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Petraeus retains Robert Barnett, lawyer to political elite

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has hired a top Washington lawyer to help him navigate the fallout from a career-ending affair, Reuters has confirmed. The lawyer, Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from President Barack Obama to one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. 
 Barnett will help Petraeus as he exits government ...

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Congress Demands EPA’s Secret Email Accounts

A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency’s own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law. The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of “Richard ...

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‘Shadow Banking’ Still Thrives, System Hits $67 Trillion

The system of so-called "shadow banking," blamed by some for aggravating the global financial crisis, grew to a new high of $67 trillion globally last year, a top regulatory group said, calling for tighter control of the sector. A report by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on Sunday appeared to confirm fears among policymakers that shadow banking is set to thrive, beyond the reach of a regulatory net tig ...

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Anonymous Leaks Personal Information Of 5,000 Israeli Officials

Internet hacktivist group Anonymous has declared cyberwar on Israel, posting personal data of five thousand Israeli officials online. The group used their Anonpaste.me site to address a message to the Israeli government before linking to the page with names, ID numbers and personal emails of 5,000 officials. 
 The message said: "It has come to our attention that the Israeli government has ignored repeated w ...

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‘Iron Dome’ Intercepts More Missiles Over Tel Aviv

Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day on Sunday, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system. "Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system," police spokesman Luba Samri told AFP shortly after the sirens sent residents running for cover across the commercial metropolis and in nearby Bnei Brak a ...

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Camera Lens Will Allow Amateurs To Compete With Pros

Scientists have developed a super-thin lens that can function either as a convex or a concave lens with the flick of a switch. It means a scene can either be magnified or viewed at wide angle. It could provide a new generation of small lenses used in devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers, allowing keen photographers to capture images that previously required expensive SLR lenses. 
 Dr Shuang Zh ...

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You Are the Solution You’ve Been Looking For

Instead of joining one more group, walking on more march, giving to one more money bomb, sending one more breathless email about how important this issue is, do me a favor, go to the mirror and say to yourself… 
 "I (state your name) will take personal responsibility for my thoughts, relationships, assets and path in my life. I will stop pushing my ideas on what other people should do with theirs. I will be ...

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Obama Voters Banned From Arizona Gun Shop

A gun store owner in Arizona has banned people who voted for President Obama from entering his store, even though Democratic voters were a small minority in his town. Cope Reynolds, owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, published an advertisement in a local newspaper, prohibiting Obama supporters from visiting his business. 
 “If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is ...

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Bahrain Cracks Down On Freedom

The ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most brutal dictatorships. It's also a valued US ally. Bahrain is home to America's Fifth Fleet. Imperial priorities matter most. Washington backs Bahraini harshness. State terror is policy. Murder, torture, lawless imprisonments, and daily atrocities get tacit support. Bahrain ruthlessly wages war on freedom. Fundamental human and civil rights are spurne ...

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