Briefly World: Indian-American Bera makes it to US Congress
Indian-American Bera makes it to US Congress
Washington: Indian-American physician Ami Bera has won the Congressional election from California in a tight race, becoming only the third from the community to make it to the US House of Representatives. Democrat Bera achieved the feat by defeating incumbent Republican Dan Lungren in California's Seventh Congressional District.
Blasphemy charges filed over gay Jesus play in Greece
ATHENS: Actors and the producer and director of an American play in Greece that depicted Jesus Christ and his apostles as gay have been charged with blasphemy, court officials said on Friday. A production of Corpus Christi in Athens was cancelled this month after weeks of almost daily protests outside the theatre by priests and right-wing groups.
Charges of insulting religion and malicious blasphemy have been filed after Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus lodged a lawsuit against those involved in the play, the officials said.
CIA ex-chief believed Libya was 'terror attack'
WASHINGTON: Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday he believed all along that the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though the Obama administration initially described it differently in public. The retired general said he did not know who removed the reference to terrorism from the CIA's original draft on the attack in Benghazi. Petraeus also said references to militant groups Ansar al-Shariah and al-Qaida were replaced with the word "extremist" in the draft, but didn't know which agency did that, an official said.
Pakistan releases son of Afghan militant leader
PESHAWAR: Sources said Anwarul Haq Mujahid, son of late Maulvi Mohammad Yunus Khalis, a Afghan leader was among a group of Taliban prisoners released by Pakistan to help peace negotiations with the group.
Petraeus scandal: Kelley visited White House
washington: An official said Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite whose complaint triggered the downfall of CIA director David Petraeus, visited White House thrice this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion cafe. The official said they entered as guests of a mid-level White House aide and also got a tour of the House.
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