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Iraq Facing ‘A New Reality,’ Kurdish Leader Tells Kerry

Iraq Facing ‘A New Reality,’ Kurdish Leader Tells Kerry

The president of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region said Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Irbil for talks on ending Iraq’s sectarian political crisis.

Lawsuit From Zimmerman’s Parents Against Roseanne Goes To State Court

ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) — A Federal judge has bad news for George Zimmerman’s parents, who are suing comedienne Roseanne Barr, accusing her of doing damage by posting their address on Twitter. Robert Zimmerman Sr. and his wife, Gladys Zimmerman, had offered to settle their suit for $750,000, records show. But in an order signed Thursday, […]

Lawmakers Press DHS Secretary To Stop Children Crossing The Border

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday he had ordered five dozen additional criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers responsible for bringing children across the border illegally. Johnson disclosed the beefed-up Federal presence during a sometimes-acrimonious congressional hearing in which Republicans blamed a 2012 decision to slow the […]

Sudanese Christian Woman Freed From Death Row Is Re-Arrested

JOHANNESBURG (MCT) — A Christian woman in Sudan freed from death row Monday has been re-arrested a day later after trying to leave the country with her family, according to reports from Khartoum, Sudan. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, sentenced to hang last month for apostasy, was released after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum’s appeals […]

Petition Seeks To Block CarMax Sales Of Unrepaired Recalled Cars

(MCT) — Nearly a dozen car-safety groups and a U.S. Senator are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate CarMax Inc., the biggest seller of used cars nationally. In a petition filed Tuesday with the FTC, the groups allege that CarMax engages in deceptive advertising by claiming every vehicle it sells passes a rigorous 125-point […]

Republican Party Infighting Threatens Renewal Of Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The House Republican leadership shakeup has revived a conservative-led push to terminate the Nation’s Export-Import Bank, testing the GOP’s traditional alliance with business groups. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his seat earlier this month in a major primary upset, was a key backer of a 2012 compromise that staved […]

With Air Bag Problem, Auto Industry Breaks Annual Recall Record

(MCT) — With a massive recall of air bags on Monday, the U.S. auto industry has broken the annual record for safety recalls in less than half a year. Automakers are recalling millions of vehicles to replace defective explosive charges in air bags that can send metal shrapnel flying at occupants during a crash. Car […]

About A Quarter Of Americans Have No Emergency Savings, Poll Finds

(MCT) — About a quarter of Americans have no money saved to handle emergencies, according to poll results released Monday that showed households in worse shape than they were a year ago to deal with financial trouble. The Bankrate.com survey also found that two-thirds of respondents said they have less than the recommended six months’ […]

Syria Hands Over Last Of Declared Chemical Weapons, Monitor Says

BEIRUT (MCT) — The last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material was loaded onto a Danish vessel Monday for future destruction, marking a “major landmark” in the effort to do away with the nation’s toxic arsenal, an international oversight agency said. The action would appear to signal an end the most difficult and controversial stage […]

Sudan Frees Christian Woman Sentenced To Death For Apostasy

JOHANNESBURG (MCT) — A Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death last month for apostasy was released Monday after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum’s appeal court, according to her lawyer. The appeal court Monday ordered Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s release after hearing her appeal, according to Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA. Her lawyer, Mohamed Mustafa […]

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