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Ex-FBI agent criticizes harsh terrorism tactics
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used during the Bush administration on terrorism suspects produced unreliable evidence and were ineffective, a former FBI agent told Congress on Wednesday. Ali Soufan made the charge before a Senate Judiciary panel in the first congressional hearing since the release last month of Justice Depar ...

GM, Chrysler to cut up to 3,000 dealers: sources
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Soyoung Kim and John Crawley DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Corp and Chrysler aim to drop as many as 3,000 U.S. dealers and are expected to begin sending notifications as early as Thursday, three people briefed on the still developing plans said. GM, facing a U.S. government-imposed deadline of June 1 to restructure or file for bankruptcy, is expected to send termin ...

Credit due...
13 May 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Ms Barlow, elected MP for Hove in 2005, has a second home in London but does not accept any public funding for it through a matter of "personal choice". Mr Salter, who is standing down as MP for Reading West at the next election, says he commutes to and from Reading most days and therefore does not need a second home. Former minister Mr Robinson is a multi-millionaire following a successful business career. Other Labour MP's who chose to claim only a fraction of the maximum &poun ...

Slender lead seen for India's Congress as voting ends
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Surojit Gupta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The ruling Congress-led coalition was slightly ahead of the opposition Hindu-nationalist alliance in India's general election, but both groups fell short of a parliamentary majority, early projections said on Wednesday. Two exit polls showed both alliances would need new partners, renewing concerns that a shaky coalition government will emerge a ...

Obama says House looks to back healthcare in July
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the U.S. House of Representatives is working to approve a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system by the end of July. Obama spoke after a White House meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other influential Democrats who will take the lead on shaping the healthcare legislation. "We don't have any e ...

U.S. retail sales slump for second straight month
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales at U.S. retailers fell for a second straight month in April as cash-strapped consumers held back on some purchases, according to a government report on Wednesday that dented hopes the economy was beginning to improve. The Commerce Department said total retail sales slipped 0.4 percent after falling by 1.3 percent in March. Excluding moto ...

EU fines Intel $1.45 billion for squeezing out rival
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Foo Yun Chee and David Lawsky BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission fined Intel Corp a record 1.06 billion euros ($1.45 billion) on Wednesday and ordered it to halt illegal rebates and other practices it used to squeeze out its rival, AMD. The world's biggest chipmaker paid computer makers to postpone or scrap plans to launch products using AMD chips, paid illegal rebates t ...

Pakistan soldiers raid Taliban stronghold in Swat
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Junaid Khan KOTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Helicopter-borne Pakistani soldiers swooped into a Taliban stronghold in a remote corner of Swat on Tuesday as the United Nations urged help for hundreds of thousands displaced by the fighting. The offensive in Swat, 130 km (80 miles) northwest of Islamabad, is seen as a test of the government's commitment to face up to a growing Taliban insu ...

Pope in Bethlehem calls for Palestinian homeland
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Pope Benedict called in Jesus's birthplace Wednesday for a sovereign Palestinian homeland as he began a one-day visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "The Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized borders," the po ...

Miami jury finds five guilty in Sears Tower plot
13 May 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. jury found five men guilty on Tuesday of plotting with al Qaeda to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and government buildings after two previous attempts to convict the group ended in mistrials. The jury acquitted a sixth man in a case that was touted nearly three years ago as a major blow against terrorism and a victory in the government's efforts to dismantle domestic ...

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