Obama tears into GOP adversaries, asks black lawmakers to rally voters for November election

Obama: Black lawmakers must rally voters back home

Comedian Bill Maher digs up ‘witchcraft clip’ of tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell

Bill Maher digs up O’Donnell ‘witchcraft’ clip

Democrats need turnout in November, but GOP has enthusiasm that Democrats lack

Turnout is key, but will Democrats return to polls

Police make witness appeal in Pakistani leader’s murder

LONDON - British police investigating the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani politician in London Saturday appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Pence-Palin presidential ticket in 2012 is top choice among social conservatives in straw poll

Pence is tops in conservatives’ straw vote

Tens of thousands of Germans protest government decision to extend nuclear energy use

Tens of thousands at German anti-nuke demo

Parties look for coalition after tight outcome in St. Maarten’s 1st parliament vote

Tight outcome in St. Maarten’s 1st parliament vote

Seeking big election turnout from black voters, Obama rallies support from black lawmakers

Obama rallies black support at lawmakers’ dinner

Congress panel on Bihar candidates to meet again

NEW DELHI - The Congress screening committee, recommending candidates for the Bihar assembly polls to the central election committee (CEC) headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi, is expected to meet again as its discussions remained inconclusive Saturday, party sources said.

UAE confirms participation in UN summit

New York, Sep 18 (IANS/WAM) The UAE will participate in a three-day UN summit here Monday to review the Millennium Development Goals, it was announced Saturday.

Republicans propose to make it illegal to be gay in Montana

Montana GOP policy: Make homosexuality illegal

With UN General Assembly starting, NYC makes room for world leaders and their security

Gridlock? Men with earpieces? Must be the UN

BJD accuses central government of blocking Orissa projects

BHUBANESWAR - Orissa’s ruling Biju Janata Dal Saturday intensified its tirade against the Congress-led central government, accusing it of blocking various mega projects in the state including one by South Korean steel major POSCO.

BJP tells Karnataka governor to stop dabbling in politics

BANGALORE - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ruling Karnataka, Saturday told state Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to stop “dabbling in politics” or opt to “become spokesperson of the Congress party”.

Del. Senate hopeful, tea party darling Christine O’Donnell cancels national TV appearances

Senate hopeful O’Donnell cancels national TV spots

‘Decision on Modi’s campaigning in Bihar later’

BANGALORE - The Bharatiya Janata Party will decide at an “appropriate time” whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will campaign in Bihar for assembly polls or not, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Saturday.

Rajnath Singh slams Congress ahead of Ayodhya verdict

NEW DELHI - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajnath Singh, here on Saturday described Congress party as “the biggest communal party in the country” and that it should be aware of its statements and appeasement policy.

Jobs for party workers killed by CPI-M when Trinamool wins: Mamata

KOLKATA - Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Saturday promised a job to a family member of all her party workers who fell victim to Communist Party India-Marxist (CPI-M)-sponsored atrocities, once her party comes to power in West Bengal.

IAEA approves site for Egypt’s first nuclear plant

Cairo, Sep 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN nuclear watchdog IAEA has approved an Egyptian site to host the country’s first nuclear power plant.

Court’s verdict on Ayodhya binding on all: Naidu

BANGALORE - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Saturday that everybody has to accept the court verdict on Ayodhya, expected from the Allahabad High Court Sep 24.

India gets positive vibes to its concerns ahead of Obama visit

WASHINGTON - As India prepares for the visit of President Barack Obama in early November, its numerous concerns ranging from H1-B visa fee hike to hi-tech export controls to cross border terrorism appears to have had some positive response.

Troops fire on funeral, protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing 3

Troops open fire in Indian Kashmir, killing 3

Voting ends in Afghan parliamentary elections (Evening Lead)

KABUL - Voting ended Saturday afternoon in Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, the second in the country’s recent history.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan kicks off campaign with pledges to oil-rich nation

Nigeria’s president kicks off election campaign

Democrats face big challenge in exciting supporters, turning out vote in crucial House races

With House at stake, turnout is key for Democrats

Corruption, lack of governance threaten Pakistan government

ISLAMABAD - Amidst reports of corruption and lack of governance in Pakistan, calls for a change in the government are being raised much more vociferously from all quarters.

Advani meets jailed former Gujarat minister

AHMEDABAD - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Saturday went to Sabarmati jail here to meet Gujarat’s former minister of state for home Amit Shah, arrested in the alleged staged-killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2005.

Advani visits Amit Shah in Sabarmati Jail

AHMEDABAD - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani met former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin-Kausar Bi murder case, in Sabarmati Jail here on Saturday.

On way to UN, Iran’s president stops in Syria for talks with ally in standoff with the West

Iranian president stops in Syria on way to UN

Munda perfect to rule but can’t say for how long: Soren

BOKARO - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren Saturday said Chief Minister Arjun Munda was the perfect choice to rule the state but also added that he can’t predict the longevity of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

A look at Sweden’s candidates for prime minister

A look at Sweden’s candidates for prime minister

Troops fire on funeral, protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing 2

Troops open fire in Indian Kashmir, killing 2

Spanish tennis federation faces Fed Cup boycott by top female players

Spanish tennis federation faces Fed Cup walkout

Ghising’s aide quits his Gorkha outfit

SILIGURI - Rajen Mukhiya, a long-time close aide of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president Subhas Ghising, Saturday joined the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL).

Kegs tapped, Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich, mugs clink marking 200 years of celebrating beer

Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich

BERLIN — Munich’s mayor has tapped the first keg, opening this year’s annual Oktoberfest in southern Germany, where millions of guest from around the globe are expected to clink mugs of frothy beer in celebration of 200 years of the world renown festival.

Afghans cast ballots amid bombings, rockets (Second Lead)

KABUL - Voters queued outside thousands of polling stations to cast ballots in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections Saturday as Taliban attempted to derail the vote with rockets and bombings.

Another JD-U leader calls for snapping ties with BJP

PATNA - Another Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Saturday demanded snapping of ties with alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, saying it would help the party perform better in the assembly elections.

Fire tears through Guinea election security force office, 2nd blaze to hit capital in 2 days

Fire hits Guinea election security force office

Congress panel to end discussions on Bihar candidates

NEW DELHI - The Congress screening committee, which will recommend candidates for the Bihar assembly polls to the central election committee (CEC) headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi, will conclude its discussions Saturday.

Weekly Address: President Obama Castigates GOP Leadership for Blocking Fixes for the Citizens United Decision

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Obama called out the Republican leadership in Congress for defending the entrenched special interests and the status quo.  After the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and precedent in the Citizens United decision, the administration tried to fix the new loopholes in the campaign finance system with a common sense law.  This law would require public disclosure of who funds political ads and it would restrict foreign controlled corporations from spending to influence elections.  But, the GOP leadership has blocked a vote on the law in the Senate in hopes that the special interests will reward them by funding attack ads against their opponents.

Musharraf’s wanted to hand over AQ Khan to US: Jamali

ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had all intentions of handing over nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan to the United States, former Prime Minister Mir Zafar Ullah Khan Jamali has disclosed.

In Kashmir, it is recklessness at its worst (Comment)

It is very easy — indeed it has become fashionable — to denounce security forces for the unending violence in Kashmir Valley. Sadly, it is not the full story.

Kolkata to Kathmandu: Nepal’s long march to democracy

KATHMANDU - When Tundikhel, Nepal’s Hyde Park, turned into a sea of humanity with flags fluttering and hundreds of people cheering the nation’s oldest party’s six-decade-long march for democracy, few remembered that the fight had started from Kolkata in India.

POLITICAL INSIDER: Polls shows Portman enjoying advantage over Fisher in OH Senate race

POLITICAL INSIDER: Portman leads Fisher in OH race

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