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Blackwater considered itself above the law, US state department was warned

A state department investigator warned that the private security firm Blackwater considered itself above the law, just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians, it has been reported.<p>According to the New York Times, Jean Richter, who was sent to Iraq to review Blackwater's …

Ghosts of an assassination: The chaotic history of Franz Ferdinand’s demise

When Franz Ferdinand was killed 100 years ago, few could have anticipated the ripples it would send through history<p>In June, magnificent roses bloom in the Sarajevo valley, from residential gardens on the hillsides down to the river and the city center. Apple-size blossoms bow over the iron railings …

Oil down a second week as Iraq fear premium fades

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Oil futures on Friday suffered a second straight weekly loss as worries over the fate of Iraq’s oil exports fade and …

GM recalls thousands of new pickups, SUVs, in U.S. and Canada

(Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) announced on Friday that it would recall 428,211 more vehicles in the United States, including new four-wheel drive pickups and SUVs with a software problem that could cause the vehicles to automatically switch to neutral and roll away while parked.<p>The General …

The Worst States To Be Unemployed In

Late last year, the federal government allowed its emergency unemployment compensation benefits program to expire. This decision has left much of the nation’s long-term unemployed without access to unemployment insurance after their standard eligibility ended. Efforts to revive the program have not …

Federal inquiry opens into Dodge pickup trucks for axle safety issue

The US government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that the rear axles can lock up on some Dodge Ram pickup trucks, causing them to spin out of control.<p>The probe covers about 260,000 Ram 1500 trucks made by Chrysler from the 2005 model year.<p>The National Highway Traffic Safety …

Britain should stay in EU to protect economy, CBI says

<b>The success of the UK economy depends on staying in the EU, the head of the country's biggest business group says.</b><p>Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director general John Cridland told the Observer EU membership supported jobs, growth and the UK's "competitiveness".<p>His comments come after …

Sunni rebels form uneasy alliance with ISIL

The Sunni rebellion that has swept across most of northern and western Iraq has made allies out of traditional enemies.<p>Nationalists from the former ruling Baath party and even Sufi groups have joined forces with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iraqi government.<p>Al …

Armed drones now flying over Iraq, DOD confirms

Some of the manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft operating over Iraq are now armed, the Defense Department confirmed Friday, to provide protection to the American troops deploying there.<p>Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the number of surveillance flights over Iraq has remained …

North Korea 'test-fires short-range missiles'

<b>North Korea has fired two missiles into the sea from its east coast, reports from South Korea say.</b><p>A defence ministry spokesman in Seoul declined to give further details, but Yonhap news agency said they were Scuds with the range of 500km (310 miles).<p>The apparent test comes just days after North …

Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets

The Iraqi government has received a delivery of Russian-made fighter planes it hopes will turn the tide against Sunni rebels who have seized large parts of the country.<p>Iraqi security officials confirmed five Sukhoi-25 jets, which were purchased second-hand from Russia, had arrived in Baghdad on …