The lawyer who drafted White House drone policy says US would rather kill suspects than send them to Cuban detention centre. read more
A triple homicide was committed in Waltham, Massachusetts, on September 12, 2011. Brendan Mess, Erik Weissman, and Raphael Teken were murdered in Mess's apartment. All had their throats slit, marijuana and money were left covering their bodies, and $5,000 was left at the scene. The local district attorney said that it appeared that the killer and the victims knew each other.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, had formerly described murder victim Brendan Mess as his best friend. After the bombings and subsequent revelations of Tsarnaev's personal life, the Waltham murders case was re-opened in April 2013 with Tsarnaev as a new suspect. read more
A deal with Turkey would make the Kurds less dependent on the Iraqi budget. That's long been a point of contention between Baghdad and Erbil, the northern capital and base for a semi- autonomous Kurdish administration since after the 1991 Gulf War.
"Oil is linked to nationalism," said Aziz Sardar, a visiting lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at University College Cork in Ireland. "Barzani is using it to secure his position and mobilize people, who see it as a way to independence." read more
Prolonged pain on the so-called periphery of the euro zone is now spilling into the core, with activity slowing in France and even Germany, the region's No. 1 economy. Europe's ugly economic picture is yet to put a significant dent in the markets, however. The Greek unemployment rate hit a once unfathomable 27.2% in January. In Spain, 26% of workers are jobless. Across the euro area as a whole, more than 19 million people are out of work while the unemployment rate stands at a record 12%.
Euro-zone GDP is widely expected to have contracted for a sixth consecutive quarter in the first three months of 2013, and forecasters are penciling in another year of modest contraction for the euro zone as a whole in 2013.
Since Thursday, gold prices have fallen by more than $200 an ounce -- the most over two sessions in dollar terms since gold futures began trading in the U.S. in 1974. Gold for April delivery, the front-month contract, settled Monday down $140.40, or 9.4%, at $1,360.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. In percentage terms, Monday's drop was gold's biggest in 30 years.