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Feb 16, 2012

Pentagon refers Pakistani’s case for trial at Guantanamo

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals gave approval on Wednesday to murder and conspiracy charges against a prisoner accused of conspiring with al Qaeda and trying to assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald referred the charges for trial, meaning defendant Majid Khan will be arraigned within 30 days in a court at Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Feb 15, 2012

Corrected: More shipwreck survivors sue Carnival, Costa

MIAMI (Reuters) – Dozens of additional survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy have joined a Florida lawsuit that accuses the ship’s owners of gross negligence and fraud, and asks for at least $528 million in damages.

An amended lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the state circuit court in Miami against Carnival Corp, which is incorporated in Panama and headquartered in Miami, and several of its subsidiaries, including Florida-based Costa Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere, which is based in Italy and operated the ill-fated ship.

Feb 15, 2012

U.S. captive charged with trying to kill Pakistan’s Musharraf

MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals filed charges on Tuesday against a Pakistani man who grew up in suburban Baltimore, alleging he plotted with al Qaeda to attack U.S. targets and assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

The charges against defendant Majid Khan allege that in 2002, he donned an explosives vest and sat in a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, where Musharraf was expected. He planned to blow himself up and kill Musharraf but the plot was foiled when the president failed to show up, the charges said.

Feb 14, 2012

More shipwreck survivors sue Carnival, Costa

MIAMI (Reuters) – Dozens of additional survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy have joined a Florida lawsuit that accuses the ship’s owners of gross negligence and fraud, and asks for at least $528 million in damages.

An amended lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the state circuit court in Miami against Carnival Corp, which is incorporated in Panama and headquartered in Miami, and several of its subsidiaries, including Florida-based Costa Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere, which is based in Italy and operated the ill-fated ship.

Feb 14, 2012

Guantanamo mail screeners ordered to keep mum

MIAMI (Reuters) – Mail inspectors at the Guantanamo prison camp will be held in contempt of court if they disclose the contents of attorney-client mail without permission, the chief judge in the U.S. war crimes tribunals has ruled.

The ruling by the judge, Army Colonel Jame Pohl, aims to settle a dispute between U.S. military jailers at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba and the U.S. military and civilian lawyers defending Guantanamo prisoners on terrorism charges.

Feb 1, 2012

Republican enthusiasm gap is worry in battleground state

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican voters gave presidential hopeful Mitt Romney a resounding victory in Florida but they turned out in lower numbers than in the previous primary in 2008 and were only lukewarm about their party’s candidates.

The number of Republicans who voted on Tuesday – 1.7 million – was down 14 percent from 2008, in a worry for the party in a swing state that will be crucial for the November election battle with President Barack Obama.

Jan 31, 2012

Make Repsol “bleed” if Cuban well leaks: lawmaker

MIAMI (Reuters) – Since the United States couldn’t stop Repsol from drilling for oil off Cuba’s coast, it should make the Spanish oil giant pay dearly for damages from any spill that threatens neighboring Florida, a congressional Republican said on Monday.

“We need to figure out what we can do to inflict maximum pain, maximum punishment, to bleed Repsol of whatever resources they may have if there’s a potential for a spill that would affect the U.S. coast,” Representative David Rivera, a Florida Republican, told a congressional subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jan 28, 2012

Fading Gingrich attacks Romney in ad

MIAMI (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich struggled to regain momentum in the Republican presidential race on Friday as two new polls showed him falling behind rival Mitt Romney, who was seen as the winner of the final debate before the Florida primary.

The White House contenders courted Florida’s sizable Hispanic vote, many of them Cubans, with appearances on Friday at the Hispanic Leadership Network, where Romney received an unusually warm reception and the reaction to Gingrich was more sedate.

Jan 28, 2012

Fading Gingrich falls behind in polls, hits Romney in ad

MIAMI (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich struggled to regain momentum in the Republican presidential race on Friday as two new polls showed him falling behind rival Mitt Romney, who was seen as the winner of the final debate before the Florida primary.

The White House contenders courted Florida’s sizable Hispanic vote, many of them Cubans, with appearances on Friday at the Hispanic Leadership Network, where Romney received an unusually warm reception and the reaction to Gingrich was more sedate.

Jan 27, 2012

Fading Gingrich falls behind in polls

MIAMI (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich struggled to regain momentum in the Republican presidential race on Friday as two new polls showed him falling behind rival Mitt Romney, who was seen as the winner of the final debate before the Florida primary.

The White House contenders courted Florida’s sizable Hispanic vote, many of them Cubans, with appearances on Friday at the Hispanic Leadership Network, where Romney received an unusually warm reception and the reaction to Gingrich was more sedate.

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      "I'm a correspondent in Miami. Since January 2002, I've made dozens of trips to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base to cover the detention operations and ongoing war crimes tribunals. I've covered hurricanes, crimes and corruption, elections and topics ranging from orange crop diseases to shark attacks. I joined Reuters in 1994 as a municipal bond and public finance reporter."
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