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New GOP star stirs up presidential buzz

With resurgent Republicans growing increasingly confident that President Barack Obama may yet be a political mortal in 2012, a new name is emerging as a potential presidential contender: South Dakota Sen.

Strong earthquake hits Haiti

HAITI — A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday afternoon, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

Tea partiers shell out big bucks for Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s appearance early next month at the first tea party movement’s convention in Nashville, Tenn., has stirred controversy in conservative circles over her reported decision to charge a substantial fee.

King Kin Slams Reid

Al Sharpton, NAACP and Black Caucus have expressed support for Harry Reid — but niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. calls Reid's comments 'sadly outrageous'

Crackdown Taken With a Grain of Salt

NYC mayor wants to add salt to regulations that include nutrition label displays and transfats ban | VIDEO• Restaurant Chefs Boiling Over Salt Crackdown

Mexico Opens New Year With 69 Drug Murders in a Day

Mexico opened the new year with what could be its most dubious distinction yet in the 3-year-old battle against drug trafficking — 69 murders in one day.

America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels

The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc.

Former Kennedy seat surpisingly up for grabs

The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign.

U.S. Calls Claims It Killed Iran Nuke Physicist 'Absurd'

The United States called "absurd" charges by Iran that it had anything to do with the Tuesday motorcycle bomb blast that killed a prominent nuclear physics professor.

U.S. Rejects N. Korea's Peace Talks Proposal

South Korea and the U.S. rejected North Korea's proposal to start peace talks to formally end the Korean War, with Seoul saying Tuesday that can happen only after the North rejoins disarmament talks and reports progress in denuclearization.