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Apr 8, 2014

Guantanamo panel to weigh transfer of suspected al Qaeda fighter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspected al Qaeda fighter held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison since 2002 is scheduled to face a parole-style panel on Tuesday that will weigh whether he should remain imprisoned there.

Ghaleb Nassar al-Bihani, a 34- or 35-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of having fought in Afghanistan for the al Qaeda extremist group, according to a U.S. Defense Department prisoner profile. The U.S. military is unsure of his exact age.

Apr 2, 2014

Scandal-tainted Washington mayor vanquished in primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-tainted Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital’s crowded Democratic Party primary early on Wednesday.

Winning the eight-candidate Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in a city that is heavily Democratic. Turnout was low, at 20 percent.

Apr 2, 2014

Scandal-hit mayor trails early in Washington primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main challenger to the District of Columbia’s scandal-tainted mayor led in early results from the U.S. capital’s crowded Democratic Party primary on Tuesday.

City council member Muriel Bowser was ahead of Mayor Vincent Gray 44 percent to 24 percent with votes cast from 7.2 percent of Washington’s 369,037 registered voters, according to election board results.

Apr 1, 2014

Fate of scandal-tinged Washington, D.C. mayor in hands of voters

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – District of Columbia
residents voted on Tuesday in a crowded Democratic mayoral
primary, with the scandal-tarnished incumbent, Vincent Gray,
facing a stiff challenge from a city councilor and ally of the
previous mayor.

Polls show Muriel Bowser, who helped manage Adrian Fenty’s
successful 2006 mayoral campaign and later was elected to city
council, in a tight race with Gray, who has presided over an
economic boom in the U.S. capital.

Apr 1, 2014

Washington voters head to mayoral primary as scandal swirls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters head to the polls on Tuesday for a crowded Democratic mayoral primary, with the incumbent facing a strong threat from a city councilor after being linked to a campaign-finance scandal.

Mayor Vincent Gray, who has presided over an economic boom in the U.S. capital, narrowly trailed city council member Muriel Bowser 27 percent to 30 percent in a Washington Post poll released last week.

Mar 26, 2014

U.S. agency wants armed police at airport checkpoints, counters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommended on Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

An agency review, prompted by a deadly Los Angeles airport shooting incident last fall, called for setting standards in airports that allow officers at checkpoints and ticket counters to roam rather than hold set positions.

Mar 26, 2014

Corruption scandal makes Washington Democratic primary a dead heat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week’s Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray’s lead, a poll showed on Wednesday

Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.

Mar 21, 2014

Guantanamo board reviews case of ‘Dirty 30′ bin Laden bodyguard

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years on Thursday faced a U.S. national security board weighing whether he should remain in detention there.

Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, 33, is suspected of having been part of what U.S. intelligence officials called the “Dirty 30″ security detail around bin Laden, a founder of al Qaeda who was killed in 2011 by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Guantanamo board to review case of ‘Dirty 30′ bin Laden bodyguard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years is due to face a U.S. national security board on Thursday that will weigh whether he should remain jailed there.

Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, a 33-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of once being part of what U.S. intelligence officials called the “Dirty 30″ security detail around bin Laden, a founder of al Qaeda who was killed in May 2011 by U.S. forces at his hideout in Pakistan.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman faces trial in sex assault case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Naval Academy football player goes on trial on Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting a female midshipman in a case that has focused attention on the spate of sexual misconduct in the U.S. military.

Midshipman Joshua Tate, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the only one to be court-martialed among three Academy football players initially accused of assaulting the woman while she was passed out at an alcohol-fueled party in April 2012.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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