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Texas governor vows to fight against 'farce' indictment WASHINGTON: Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, vowed Saturday to fight charges that he abused his power, calling the indictment a politically-motivated "farce."A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges Friday for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat.After Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, Perry threatened to withhold the funding if she did not step down.When Lehmberg refused to leave her office, Perry carried out his veto, but it is the apparent threat that has landed him in hot water.Perry denied any wrongdoing, calling the indictment itself an "abuse of power," and vowing to fight "this farce of a prosecution.""I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public's confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically," he told reporters."I ...

Texas governor indicted over 'abuse of power' WASHINGTON: Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was indicted Friday over allegations he abused his power, prompting calls for him to resign.A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant -- for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat.After Lehmberg ...
Slain US teen was robbery suspect: police FERGUSON: The unarmed black teenager whose shooting death by a white police officer unleashed riots in a Missouri town was a suspect in a robbery just minutes before he was killed, police said Friday.The allegation reignited fresh anger and frustration in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with the 18-year-old student's family accusing police of attempting to demean his character amid an ongoing investigation.Incident reports from the Ferguson police department linked Michael Brown to the ...
UN urges ‘immediate de-escalation’ of conflict in Ukraine UNITED NATIONS: Reports that the Ukrainian military shelled and partly destroyed a Russian armored column after it entered Ukraine overnight highlight the need for a swift and peaceful resolution of the conflict there, the United Nations said on Friday. "We are aware of the reports in Ukraine, which we cannot verify independently, and will follow related developments very carefully," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters."Such reports point to the urgent need for immediate de-escalation and ...
Canada unemployment falls to 7.0 percent in July OTTAWA: Canada added 42,000 jobs in July, pushing the unemployment rate down a notch to 7.0 percent, according to revised numbers released by the government statistical agency Friday.The figure is a big jump from the 200 jobs that Statistics Canada reported in error last week and twice what analysts had forecast. The agency said it is investigating a breakdown in its internal checks."Details within the report were not quite as strong," commented CIBC World Markets ...
Police identify officer who shot US teen WASHINGTON: US authorities on Friday identified the officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen in the Missouri town of Ferguson last weekend, sparking protests and riots.Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, speaking to reporters, named the officer as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the police force.The victim, Michael Brown, was killed in broad daylight on Saturday, with witnesses and law enforcement providing conflicting accounts of how the 18-year-old lost his life. Brown's family and ...
Obama to visit Estonia, meet with Baltic leaders in September EDGARTOWN: US President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia in September and meet with leaders from three Baltic states on his way to a NATO summit in Wales, the White House said on Friday.While there, he will meet with the prime minister and president of Estonia as well as the presidents of Lithuania and Latvia to discuss regional security, economic growth, and collective defense, it said. "In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United ...

 



 
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