WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama slipped
into the role of late night talk show host on Monday, nudging
Stephen Colbert away from his perch during an appearance on the
comedian’s satirical program and poking fun at himself in the
“You’ve been taking a lot of shots at my job, I’ve decided
I’m going to go ahead and take a shot at yours,” Obama said
before sitting down alone behind Colbert’s desk.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said.
The report, which the committee’s majority Democrats are expected to release on Tuesday, describes how senior al Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened by his interrogators with a buzzing power drill, the sources said. The drill was never actually used on Nashiri.
Neither Obama nor Prince William made remarks to the press. They seemed to be chatting amiably. Media was ushered in and out in minutes.
WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Hollywood stars, ballet
dancers, and soul singers on Sunday celebrated Kennedy Center
Honors winners actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter Sting and
comedienne Lily Tomlin during Washington’s high-profile tribute
to excellence in the arts.
Ballerina Patricia McBride and singer Al Green completed the
group of artists who sported the prestigious prize on a night of
dance and song.
Surprise musical guest paying tribute to Sting at Kennedy Center Honors: Lady Gaga
WASHINGTON/SANAA (Reuters) – It could have been something as simple as a barking dog that alerted the al Qaeda guards as U.S. special operations forces approached the compound just after midnight. Within seconds, as they neared the building, intense gunfire erupted.
Those details and others provided by U.S. and Yemeni officials about what they describe as Saturday’s execution of American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie in Yemen illustrate the formidable odds the United States faces in retrieving hostages from the hands of militants across the region.