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Kony of Silence

  The Kony 2012 Cover the Night campaign woke up to awkward questions on Saturday after activists failed to blanket cities with posters of the wanted Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony. The movement’s phenomenal success in mobilising young people online, following last month’s launch of a 29-minute documentary which went viral, flopped in trying to turn […]

Total Recall

Tony Blair said today he has no memory of the Belhadj rendition case but claimed he was not aware of any occasion when his government breached its opposition to the tactic. Speaking to the BBC Radio 4’s The World At One programme, Mr Blair defended the security services as doing an important, dangerous job, one […]

Santorum Surge Ends

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has ended his bid for the White House, leaving Mitt Romney as the presumptive nominee. The former Pennsylvania senator made the announcement at a news conference in the city of Gettysburg. “While this presidential race is over for me, we are not done fighting,” said Mr Santorum, a social conservative. […]

Knave of Hearts

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has had a heart transplant and is now recovering in hospital, his office has said. It said the surgery had been carried out on Saturday at the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Mr Cheney, 71, has had heart problems for much of his adult life, suffering five heart attacks since […]

Goldman Sachs – The “Muppet” Show

A manager at US banking giant Goldman Sachs in London has quit, saying he could no longer work there “in good conscience”. Greg Smith, who headed Goldman’s equity derivatives business in Europe, said it was common to hear talk of ripping off their “muppet” clients. “The environment now is as toxic and destructive as I […]

Marco? Paolo!

A massive power cut has caused blackouts in the US states of California and Arizona, and in Mexico. Five million people were without power on Thursday, with many likely to remain out of service for another day or two. There was traffic chaos. San Diego was the worst affected city, where all outbound flights were […]

Every dog has its day

Candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential race are facing their first key test of grassroots party opinion with a straw poll in Iowa. The poll is not an official primary but winning is considered a major boost. The front-runner in national opinion polls, ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is not actively taking part. […]

Merde!

An Air France Airbus has clipped the tail of a commuter plane while taxiing at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport. The smaller Comair jet could be seen spinning violently on its wheels as a shower of sparks fell from the impact point just after 2000 on Monday. The Paris-bound Airbus A380 carried 495 passengers […]

Ask Not

US President Barack Obama has signed a landmark law allowing gay people serving in the military to be open about their sexuality. Mr Obama said the law meant that tens of thousands of Americans would no longer be asked to live a lie. He had campaigned to change the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, […]