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24 Jan

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Tantawi: Egypt to lift state of emergency

Head of military council says decades-old state of emergency to be lifted on Wednesday, except for cases of “thuggery”.
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 15:50 GMT

Middle East

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US marine pleads guilty over Haditha killings

 US soldier Frank Wuterich, accused over 2005 massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, pleads guilty to “negligence”.
The other marines charged in the case have been exonerated through various legal rulings, fuelling anger in Iraq

A US Marine sergeant accused of leading a massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha pleaded guilty on Monday to negligence, ending the final prosecution stemming from a 2005 incident.

Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, 31, the commander of a marine unit whose other members have been exonerated, entered his plea as part of a deal with military prosecutors in which more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault were dismissed.

Wuterich was initially charged with murder…………………………

Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 10:21 GMT

Americas

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Romney takes us to infinity and beyond        

Mitt Romney seems contrived and evokes images of films such as Toy Story and Pretty Woman, says author.

Columbus, Ohio – If Willard Mitt Romney didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him. And in a way, we did.

Perhaps no single political candidate personifies our greed-is-good-meets-Bachelorette era as a guy who thinks back to his many firings, starts to move his hips to the music and sing “I, had the time of my life”. In fact, if one were to trace the journey from Mitt’s dad, George Romney, to his shiny-teethed offspring, they’d find a perfect roadmap – a Da Vinci Code, if you will – to how we got from the shared-prosperity-creating, centre-left consensus to the plastic, money-changing, showy Tim Tebowism that masquerades as civic virtue today…………………………………………..

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