US Presidential Election 2012

Briefs, November 9, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 3:27am

President 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'

LONDON - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange described President Barack Obama as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and said he expected the US government to keep attacking the anti-secrecy website. Speaking from Ecuador's London embassy, where he sought asylum in June to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, Assange said Obama's victory was nothing to celebrate. "Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the problem," the Australian said. "It's better to have a sheep in wolf's clothing than a wolf in sheep's clothing." AFP

Obama fan to buy 10,000 newspapers

BELLINGHAM, Washington - It's four more years and 10,000 more papers for Thomas Baldwin of Birch Bay, Washington. When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, Baldwin bought 10,000 copies of the Bellingham Herald's election edition. And now that Obama has won his bid for re-election, Baldwin has put in another order for 10,000 of the Herald's election papers. While he figures he might be able to make a profit selling the papers, he also thinks they are an inspiring reminder of Obama's journey to become the first black president. NYT

Inmate follows election race to his grave

WASHINGTON - The US state of Oklahoma on Tuesday executed a murderer who made a reference to the "very close race" for the White House in his final words. Garry Thomas Allen was declared dead by lethal injection just under an hour after polls closed in the state. "Obama won two out of three counties," Allen said shortly before he was put to death, according to Jerry Massie of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. "It's going to be a very close race." AFP

Bachmann wins in redrawn district

MINNEAPOLIS - US congresswoman Michele Bachmann, known for her outspoken opposition to gay rights and abortion and a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, was confirmed as the winner in a congressional district redrawn in her favour. The champion of the Tea Party movement edged out businessman Jim Graves by just 4,207 votes, or a little over 1 per cent of the 357,035 votes cast. Her bid for the nomination raised her name recognition nationally, but left her vulnerable in her race for a fourth term to accusations by Graves that she was not representing her district. Reuters

Welby, 56, named as new Anglican leader

LONDON - A former oil executive, who went to the same exclusive school as British Prime Minister David Cameron, has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans. The appointment of Justin Welby, 56, the Bishop of Durham, is expected to be announced as early as today. Reuters

Canada court rules against Viagra patent

OTTAWA - Canada's Supreme Court decided against global drug giant Pfizer in a high-profile case, ruling that a patent on its Viagra erectile dysfunction drug was no longer valid. The court backed an appeal by Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries - the world's largest generic drug maker - which argued that Pfizer had not provided enough details when filing its patent, which runs out in 2014 in Canada. Reuters

Rock fan crushed to death by billboard

JOHANNESBURG - A woman heading to a concert by US rock band Linkin Park in Cape Town was crushed to death when a strong gust of wind blew over a promotional billboard. Nineteen others were injured when the temporary scaffolding outside Cape Town's Green Point stadium collapsed shortly before the evening concert. Reuters

Dad's Army star Clive Dunn dies, aged 92

LONDON - Comic actor Clive Dunn, who played the bumbling Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in the hit British sitcom Dad's Army, has died aged 92. The popular show was based on the Home Guard of volunteers too old for military service during the second world war and ran from 1968 to 1977. AFP

Mochi ice cream's champion dies, at 69

LOS ANGELES - Frances Hashimoto, a business and civic leader in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo whose company popularised the Japanese-style treat known as mochi ice cream, has died. She was 69. The firm, Mikawaya, popularised the dessert - an ice-cream ball wrapped in a layer of rice cake. Hashimoto took over the company founded by her family in 1910 and made it a US$13-million-a-year business. AP

Broker accused of cheating the stars

LOS ANGELES - An insurance broker was arrested on allegations he overcharged clients including Tom Hanks and Andy Summers, former guitarist of The Police, by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Jerry Goldman pleaded not guilty. The indictment claims that Goldman sent premiums to insurance companies and kept the overcharged amount. When clients asked him for copies of their insurance policies, he sent them altered documents. AP