Bert Therrien

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Quirky sleeps: Sweden's top 10 unusual hotels

Sweden’s varied landscape, from the frozen reaches of the north to its vast forests and lakes, combines with cutting-edge design to inspire some unique lodgings. Here's our pick of the country's quirkiest sleeps, taking you underground, underwater, face-to-face with wildlife and beyond.<p><b>Icehotel</b><p>Near …

Russian strategic bombers near Canada practice cruise missile strikes on US

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.<p>The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near …

Iraqis welcome further US airstrikes, but worry they'll get more than they asked for

Twelve days ago, President Barack Obama said he had no strategy for dealing with the terrorist group, ISIS, that has taken over large parts of Iraq and killed two American journalists in recent weeks. Now, things seem to be different.<p>Obama will unveil a strategy in a speech to the American people …

Saudi anti-Christian sweep prompts calls for US involvement

Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America's help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf.<p>Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice …

Exclusive: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) reviews Japanese …

Senate Republicans Allow Debate On Equal Pay Bill

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act on all three previous occasions it has been brought to the floor. But they changed their strategy on Wednesday, voting for the first time ever to allow debate on the equal pay legislation.<p>The bill needed 60 votes to …

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.<p>Obama’s decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is …

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China And Russia Reportedly Plan To Build One Of The Largest Seaports In North Asia

The seaport is expected to be able to handle some 60 million tonnes of cargo a year, China's state-run People's Daily Online reported late Wednesday -- comparable to Britain's busiest port Immingham or Le Havre in France, according to European Commission statistics.<p>The new facility will be located …

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Air strikes, drones and advisers: the new template for America's counter-terror fight

When children in Yemen try to ignore their bedtimes, their parents have a new warning to scare them into obedience: a drone will come for them.<p>Farea al-Muslimi, a young Yemeni activist and journalist whose hometown was subjected to a drone strike, shared that anecdote with a Senate panel last year. …

Relatives of terror victims react to Obama's speech

NEPTUNE, N.J. — When President Obama went on national television to outline his plan for counter-terrorism actions Wednesday night — the 13th anniversary eve of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — family and friends of Ocean County and Monmouth County residents who perished had mixed …

Queen would need governor general in Scotland if it leaves UK, says expert

The Queen will need to establish the role of a governor general in Edinburgh to act on her behalf if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom, according to a constitutional expert.<p>The change would be the result of several questions about Scotland's future relationship with the monarchy that would …

Deal reached on Gaza reconstruction, Abbas says

New Polls Show The Odds Of Scottish Independence Just Got A Lot Worse

The odds of a Yes vote on online gambling site Betfair have blown out from 3 to 1 to over 5 to 1 after a second poll showed the No vote holding a narrow lead.<p>The YouGov poll release late on Thursday showed the pro-union support back in front by 52% to 48%. Though that lead is narrower than at any …

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9 huge government conspiracies that actually happened

We all know the conspiracy theories — the government's plan for 9/11, the second gunman who shot JFK, the evolution of the elite from a race of blood-drinking, shape-shifting lizards.<p>But the people who spread these ideas usually can't prove them.<p>As the years pass, however, secrets surface. …

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How Wal-Mart Gets Workers To Back Its Political Agenda

The company's political action committee, officially named the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. PAC for Responsible Government, uses the donations from employees to back candidates and causes in Washington. Federal law forbids companies from donating directly to political action committees.<p>The Wal-Mart PAC …

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Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2013

The combustible Christie cruised to re-election in the blue Garden State, winning more some 60% of the vote. Now he’s ready to go national. It’s an …

The War Over Santa Claus

He may be ima­gin­ary, but Santa Claus is very real to many Amer­ic­ans. And this year, he be­came real enough to ex­per­i­ence a bit of an iden­tity …

Why The Religious Right Is Losing 'The War On Christmas'

A woman attacked a bell ringer in Phoenix, Arizona because she was angry at being wished a "Happy Holidays" instead of honoring Jesus' birth by saying "Merry Christmas".<p>In another act of Christmas violence, unidentified arsonists tried to torch one of the Freedom from Religion Foundation's …

Holidays with the Secular Coalition

Offices all across Washington are sprinkled with holiday paraphernalia: Nativity scenes, candles, Christmas trees, menorahs and so on.<p>The downtown office of the Secular Coalition of America, however, is a bit more bare. There’s a poinsettia tree, although it has clearly seen better days. There are …

Syria's Assad 'has secret Iraq oil lifeline'

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions.<p>Assad's …

Senators Look to Block Budget Deal’s Cut to Military Retirement

Sen­at­ors blocked a pro­pos­al to re­store $6 bil­lion in cuts to mil­it­ary re­tir­ees as part of the budget deal, but the is­sue will be back when …

The ‘Sequester Pakistan’ Act and 2013’s Other Doomed Defense Bills

The U.S. gave an es­tim­ated $1.157 bil­lion in for­eign aid to Pakistan in fisc­al 2013. That’s a sliv­er of the fed­er­al budget — or even of just …

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Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success

For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate.<p>For gun rights activists, the death of that legislation proved once more their single-issue …