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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.
Military personnel have surrounded government buildings in the landlocked African kingdom of Lesotho, in what is suspected to be a coup attempt. Gunfire has erupted as the troops attempted to seize the police headquarters and other government buildings. "Military police have surrounded State House and there are reports of gunfire," an unnamed diplomat from the Lesotho capital Maseru told Reuters. Bernard Ntlhoaea, a security guard at the US embassy in Maseru, Lesotho's capital told AP, "The military has been moving around from 3 o'clock in the morning, occupying police stations in Maseru and moving around to other districts." He said he saw at least one armored personnel carrier on the streets.
George Galloway has been taken to hospital suffering a suspected broken jaw after he was allegedly attacked on a London street. A spokesman for Mr Galloway told Sky News the Bradford West MP suffered a suspected broken jaw, a suspected broken rib, and severe bruising to his face and head. "It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust." The man was taken to a police station in south London, where he remains.
At least six people have been killed in a suspected suicide car bomb attack by the Afghan Taliban on an intelligence compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad. "The first attacker detonated his explosives at the gate of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Jalalabad city at 05:00 AM to open way for his colleague," Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, governor's spokesperson was quoted as saying. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Intelligence offices and buildings of security forces are often targeted by the Taliban insurgents, who are trying to capitalise on the recent political turmoil over the election of a new president.
(Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly & Co lost a bid to overturn a combined $9 billion (5.42 billion pounds) punitive damage award by a U.S. "Plaintiffs have pointed to sufficient evidence from which the jury could have concluded that the 'information' about bladder cancer contained in Actos labels did not adequately warn of the increased risk of cancer," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty of the Western District of Louisiana said on Wednesday. The development is a setback for Takeda but leaves open the possibility of a retrial or reduced verdict, for which Japan's top drugmaker made a separate appeal in April.
India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor's report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks. The CBI filed the case against Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh last year in relation to a block allocated in 2005 to Hindalco Industries, part of the $40 billion Aditya Birla Group led by Kumar Mangalam Birla. India's federal auditor had alleged that the government's allocation of coal blocks may have cost the exchequer revenues of about $33 billion, although industry watchers and the previous government have cast doubts on the figure.
Nato is reportedly putting together a 10,000-strong force drawn from at least seven countries amid the escalating tensions over Russia and Ukraine. The report comes a day after Ukraine sought to join Nato to deal with the ongoing crisis in the eastern and southern parts of the country. According to a report in the Financial Times, the special force will be led by Britain and soldiers from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands will form part of it. Prime Minister David Cameron is set to make a formal announcement of the mobilisation proposal at the upcoming Nato summit on 4 September.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
New measures to tackle the threat of British extremists will be the subject of discussions taking place this weekend between David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The Prime Minister will announce the plans in the House of Commons on Monday, following the raising of the terror threat to the UK from substantial to severe. Mr Cameron is expected to outline plans for extra powers after saying there were "gaps in our armoury" which needed to be filled. But Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Government should take tougher action to stop young Britons being drawn to extremist ideology and prevent would-be jihadis travelling to join Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria.
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Family and church members mourned at a private funeral on Saturday a South Korean businessman linked to a ferry that sank in April killing hundreds of children, though his death remained shrouded in mystery. Yoo Byung-un, 73, was found dead in a plum orchard in June, but his body was not identified for more than a month, despite him being wanted in connection with the sinking of the Sewol ferry, with 476 passengers and crew on board. Around 300 people drowned in South Korea's worst maritime accident in decades, while 172 survived. The tragedy caused an outpouring of nationwide grief, and the government of President Park Geun-hye was heavily criticised for the ineffective response to the disaster.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections.