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German and French economies stumble

Germany’s economy slowed to “near stagnation” last month, while France’s recorded its biggest contraction for four years, according to a closely watched survey. The Markit composite purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which measures both the manufacturing and services sectors, declined to 50.6 in Germany last month, from 53.3 in February. Any figure above 50 indicates growth. France’s reading fell to 41.9… Read more →

North Korea warns military cleared to wage nuclear attack against US

South Korea says North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast after an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean army warned the U.S. Wednesday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons. South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday the missile moved is not capable of hitting… Read more →

Tea Party lashes out at ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

Photo: Reuters / Brian Snyder Members of the Tea Party have joined protesters standing up against the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’, calling the provision a ‘special interest loophole’ for friends of Congress. The provision has now sparked so much outrage that both the far right and the far left are uniting in their condemnation of Section 735 of the Agricultural Appropriations Bill,… Read more →

Muslim Brotherhood: Looking for Islamist rule in all Gulf States

Photo: Wikipedia. Dubai police chief charges that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood linked to an alleged plot to topple the UAE government. DUBAI – Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbor Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood. Dhahi Khalfan’s suspicions focus mostly… Read more →

What’s killing the bees

(CNN) – That honeybees die is not new. And that beekeepers accept that on average 30% or more of their livestock will vanish each spring isn’t new either. But when more than half of all the honeybees in this country die almost at once – that is new. And that’s what happened this spring. Scientists have given this disaster the catchy, all-inclusive name Colony… Read more →

Hostilities flare along Israeli-Gaza border

Photo Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun (Reuters) - Israel pressed Hamas on Wednesday to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since the ceasefire that ended an eight-day war in November. The flare-up, sparked by anger in Gaza over Tuesday’s death from cancer of a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel, included the first Israeli air strike in… Read more →

Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks

As President Obama prepares to head to Colorado on Wednesday to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he’s using to tout his message on near-universal background checks. During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were made without a background check. But that number is nearly two… Read more →

UN adopts pact to regulate multibillion-dollar global arms trade

The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade. The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions. The 193-member world body voted after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus at a negotiating conference last Thursday. The three countries… Read more →

Perry doubles down against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion

Photo: Wikipedia Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doubled down Monday in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s healthcare law, even though opposing it could cost his state $90 billion. At a press conference where he was flanked by other conservatives, Perry argued expanding the health insurance program for the poor would make Texas “hostage” to the federal government. “It would… Read more →

Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan

Photo of a TRUE assault rifle, the M16: Wikipedia HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – With an announcement of sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Connecticut lawmakers said they are hoping to send a message to Congress and other state legislators across the country: A bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible. Legislative leaders on Monday revealed proposals spurred by the Dec…. Read more →