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Top News: Politics

Resolving to make Kobani Islamic State's Stalingrad

The Stalingrad analogy is a suitable one for the present situation in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. One hopes that Kobani does prove to be the Stalingrad of Islamic State.

Op-Ed: A confederacy of homophobes

Washington - With federal courts knocking down same-sex marriage bans in Arizona and Alaska, the practice is now legal in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Appeals of the ban are pending in all 12 states still prohibiting it.

Americans for Prosperity fliers confuse NC voters

Raleigh - Deceased voters, children and at least one cat have received confusing mailers posted by the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation as part of a voter registration campaign.

Op-Ed: Libyan government declares war on Islamists

Tobruk - The Islamist-dominated militias who control Tripoli and Benghazi convened the General National Congress(GNC), which appointed a prime minister who formed a government but the internationally-recognized elected government is in Tobruk, in eastern Libya.

Rob Ford breaks campaign rules, kicked out of advance polls

It does not appear to matter what befalls Rob Ford, he seems incapable of staying away from controversy; indeed, not even his grave illness can stop him from making headlines. This time it was Ford's repeated failure to comply with election rules.

Pres. Obama to seek extra funding as he continues Ebola fight

With the U.S. mid-term elections a scant two weeks away, Pres. Barack Obama is busy seeking solutions to the Ebola virus scare. Bloomberg News reported the president will do so, at least in part, by asking Congress for more funding to fight the disease.

Justin Trudeau memoir had no ghostwriter: 'I wrote this book'

The Justin Trudeau memoir 'Common Ground' is days from publication and if Canadians were wondering if the leader of the Liberal Party used a ghost writer — he is, after all, a busy man — the answer came in an interview published today.

Op-Ed: Realpolitik continues to permeate Washington's Syria policy

One of the primary reasons that the U.S. administration is prioritizing Iraq in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) is because a form of realpolitik still largely dominates its policy towards the Syria situation.

Op-Ed: Ebolabama the latest problem of Barack Obama

Dallas - With all the attacks on President Barack Obama over Ebola it needs to be remembered that the disease has been known to exist since 1976.

Op-Ed: Assisted suicide is a right we should support

Ottawa - The Supreme Court of Canada has begun hearing the case to legalize assisted suicide. It is a continuation of a case decided by the Court decades ago where they made the wrong choice. Canada's sick and dying should be given the right to die peacefully.

Op-Ed: Yemen Al-Qaeda group supports the Islamic State

Damascus - The Islamic State (IS) has been disowned by Al-Qaeda for not following orders. The Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front is now recognized as the official representative of Al Qaeda in Syria.

Op-Ed: Harper government to give spy agency more powers

Ottawa - The Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper has announced that it will increase the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service(CSIS) the main spy agency in Canada.

Arizona same-sex marriage legal, couples can marry immediately

Phoenix - The Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the law that prohibits same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples in Arizona can legally marry effective immediately.

VP Joe Biden's son booted from Navy over cocaine

Washington - It was one of the best-kept secrets inside the Washington DC Beltway. Reports surfaced Thursday that VP Joe Biden’s 44-year-old son, Hunter Biden, who joined the Navy reserves in 2013, has been discharged after testing positive for cocaine.

Report: U.S. concealed discovery of Saddam's chemical weapons

The Rumsfeld-era Pentagon concealed the discovery of old but dangerous chemical weapons stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces, even after US troops were repeatedly exposed to and sickened by the deadly nerve and blister agents.

Mayor Rob Ford victim of breach of privacy at Toronto hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where Rob Ford is being treated for a rare form of cancer, has admitted that the mayor's privacy was breached there. Two employees, the hospital said, accessed his personal health records.

Poll: Republican Cory Gardner leads Sen. Mark Udall by 4 points

Denver - Just 20 days before voters decide which political party will control the U.S. Senate, Republican Cory Gardner leads Colorado’s incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall by four points, according to a new CNN/ORC poll published Wednesday.

Tory welfare minister says disabled 'not worth the full wage'

The UK opposition Labour Party is urging a welfare minister to resign, after comments made at a Conservative Party fringe meeting suggested disabled people could be paid less than the minimum wage.

Nicola Sturgeon elected SNP leader unopposed

Nicola Sturgeon is to replace Alex Salmond as leader of the Scottish National Party, it has been confirmed, paving the way for her to become Scotland's first female First Minister.
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