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FBI recommends charges against ex-CIA chief Petraeus: NY Times WASHINGTON: The FBI and US Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired General David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA, The New York Times reported Friday.The investigation stems from an affair Petraeus -- who was also commander of American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- had with an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials.The probe focuses on whether Petraeus, who resigned in 2012 when the affair became public, gave Paula Broadwell access to his CIA email account and other highly classified information. FBI agents discovered classified documents on her computer after he quit, according to the Times, which said that Attorney General Eric Holder must decide whether to seek an indictment that could send Petraeus to prison.Holder was expected to decide by the end of last year ...

US warns of global 'terror' threat after French attacks WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday warned Americans to beware of "terrorist actions and violence" all over the world, following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris."Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that US citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness," the State Department said.The advisory ...
Sri Lanka presidential vote a 'symbol of hope': Obama WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama praised Friday Sri Lanka's "successful and peaceful" presidential elections and congratulated the outgoing administration on a "swift and orderly transfer of power.""Beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world," the president said in a statement.President Mahinda Rajapakse, Asia's longest-serving leader, conceded defeat in Sri Lanka on Friday, after a bitter campaign in which ...
SpaceX to attempt rocket, cargo launch Saturday MIAMI: SpaceX will try again Saturday to launch its Falcon 9 rocket, propelling the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station and then attempting its first landing on an ocean platform.The landmark bid in the California-based company's mission to make rockets as re-usable as airplanes was delayed at the last minute Tuesday due to a problem with the rocket's second stage.The launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is now scheduled ...
White House condemns Paris newspaper attack WASHINGTON: The United States said it condemned Wednesday's deadly shooting attack on a French newspaper in the "strongest possible terms.""Everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were killed or injured in this attack," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, speaking on MSNBC.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Obama condemns attack on French newspaper WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama condemned an attack in Paris Wednesday on the offices of a satirical newspaper that left 12 dead, calling it a "terrorist attack" and pledging US assistance."We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice," he said.The weekly's editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier, and three cartoonists were among those killed in the attack, a judicial source in ...
Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Panama SINGAPORE: A shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific south of the Panamanian city of David on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off Panama's Pacific coast on Dec. 26. There were no reports of damage.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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