By Gabriel Debenedetti NEW YORK (Reuters) - Accused of being out of touch after making comments about her finances, likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton headed for a speaking engagement on Tuesday that could earn her up to $250,000. Clinton's address to food trade groups in Chicago comes as she takes heat for comments that her family was "dead broke" when it left the White House in 2000, despite the considerable income she and former president Bill have earned subsequently along with the luxury real estate assets they have managed to acquire. "Between their million-dollar mansions in New York and Washington and her ridiculously expensive speaking fees, it's clear nobody could be more out of touch than Hillary Clinton," said Republican National Committee spokesman Jahan Wilcox. The fuss over her comments in an ABC News interview released Monday overshadowed the launch in New York on Tuesday of Clinton's latest book, "Hard Choices," seen as a prelude to a campaign for the 2016 presidential election.
Congressional Republicans were unimpressed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s primetime interview with ABC News, knocking the perceived frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and questioning her ability to serve as president. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who also is considered a presidential contender,...
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - A senior Palestinian official Tuesday played down a financial dispute with Hamas, as the Islamist movement criticised authorities for not paying government workers and for "assaulting" members at a rally. The row over pay for Hamas-appointed government workers in Gaza, which flared last week, was the first hitch in a reconciliation deal between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation that began with the formation of a new unity government. "Reconciliation does not need to derail because of money," said Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior member of Fatah, which dominates the PLO, and by extension the Palestinian Authority.
A suspected Al-Qaeda gunman killed a soldier in a Yemeni provincial capital on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the southern town of Huta to three in as many days. Tensions have run high in Huta since a wave of arrests targeting suspected Al-Qaeda militants prompted a Sunday assault on the police station where they were being held, killing a soldier. Lahij province is home to the Al-Anad air base, north of the main southern city of Aden, where Yemeni officials have said Washington has personnel deployed gathering intelligence for its drone war against Al-Qaeda. In late April, the Yemeni army launched a ground offensive against Al-Qaeda in Abyan and Shabwa provinces farther east.
The trial was the latest in a string of prosecutions for protests among the Gulf state's Shiite Muslim majority that prompted Human Rights Watch to warn last month that the Sunni ruling family was using the courts as a tool to maintain a "highly repressive political order." The defendants were detained after protesters clashed with riot police in the Shiite village of Sitra outside the capital Manama on August 6, 2012, the judicial official said. In a report released on May 29, Human Rights Watch charged that the heavy jail terms handed down against scores of Shiite protesters were part of "a highly functional injustice system" operated by the Bahraini authorities.
Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has responded defiantly to an opposition boycott of this month's presidential election, calling for "100 percent" turnout in a vote he is widely expected to win. Abdel Aziz has urged "everyone to come out and vote" in the June 21 election, since campaigning began last week. Mauritania's opposition National Forum for Democracy and Unity, a loose collection of lawmakers including Islamists and civil society activists, announced on Tuesday its intention to snub the vote. Mauritania, a mainly Muslim republic between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert, is viewed as strategically important by the West in the fight against Al-Qaeda-linked groups within its own borders, in neighbouring Mali and across Africa's Sahel region.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is launching an ambitious campaign to repair flaws in its nuclear missile corps, after recent training failures, security missteps, leadership lapses, morale problems and stunning breakdowns in discipline prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to demand action to restore public confidence in the nuclear force.
Colombia's government and the country's second largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, announced Tuesday they have opened peace talks, with presidential elections just days away. The government already is in the midst of peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, which were begun in November 2012. So far, the government and the National Liberation Army, or ELN, have agreed to hold talks about the victims of the conflict and the rebel group's "participation in society." The surprise announcement comes as President Juan Manuel Santos, who is seeking a second term, finds himself in a close run-off election on Sunday.
Jihadists who have seized Iraq's second city of Mosul pose a threat to the entire region, the United States warned Tuesday, voicing deep concern about the "extremely serious" situation. Condemning militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) "in the strongest possible terms," White House spokesman Josh Earnest called on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other leaders to do more to address "unresolved issues" to ensure they are governing "with the interests of all Iraqis in mind." "It should be clear that ISIL is not only a threat to the stability of Iraq, but a threat to the entire region," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, in a statement. She stressed that Washington backed "a strong coordinated response to push back against this aggression."
Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists overran Iraq's second city of Mosul, the surrounding Nineveh province and parts of Kirkuk on Tuesday, in a major blow to a government apparently incapable of stopping militant advances. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki responded by asking parliament to declare a state of emergency and announcing the government would arm citizens to fight the militants. "All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants," parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told journalists in Baghdad, adding the gunmen were heading south towards neighbouring Salaheddin province. An army brigadier general told AFP hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a major assault on the security forces late on Monday.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tackle what he described as a crisis of addiction to opioid drugs in the state, and called for a summit of all six New England governors to address a broader regional response. A commission appointed by the governor, who in March declared addiction to opiate drugs a public health emergency, called for steps including a expanding treatment for drug addicts in state prisons and to create new live-in centers to treat addicts as young as 13 years old. "These actions will help enhance our network for treatment and recovery services to help communities and families struggling with addiction," Patrick said at a Boston high school that provides treatment services for addicted teens. In Massachusetts alone, some 668 people died from opioid drug overdoses in 2012, almost double the level in 2000, according to the state report.
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists seized several areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Tuesday, a police officer said, after the militants took control of a whole province to its west. The militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) overran the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh and Abbasi areas west of the city of Kirkuk, and Rashad and Yankaja to its south, Colonel Ahmed Taha said.