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Obama Cedes Terror Cases to Civilian Law Enforcement

Obama Cedes Terror Cases to Civilian Law Enforcement

From the Wall Street Journal:President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday giving civilian investigators broad power to handle the cases of U.S. terrorism suspects despite a law passed late last year favoring military custody. The decision is likely to raise
Greece Approves Salary, Pension Cuts Required for New Bailout

Greece Approves Salary, Pension Cuts Required for New Bailout

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s Parliament late on Tuesday approved new cuts in public sector pensions and government spending required to secure a second package of international rescue loans. Lawmakers voted 202-80 in favor of cutbacks worth a total euro3.2

German Lawmakers Approve New Greek Bailout Bill

BERLIN (AP) – The German parliament approved a second, euro130 billion ($173 billion) loan package for Greece on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers that it would be irresponsible to abandon the country to bankruptcy. Although the motion was
European Central Bank: 'No Escape from Tough Austerity Measures'

European Central Bank: 'No Escape from Tough Austerity Measures'

From the Wall Street Journal: FRANKFURT–European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned beleaguered euro-zone countries that there is no escape from tough austerity measures and that the Continent’s traditional social contract is obsolete, as he waded into an increasingly divisive debate
Israeli Police Clash with Palestinians at 'Dome of the Rock'

Israeli Police Clash with Palestinians at 'Dome of the Rock'

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinians throwing rocks after Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Friday. It was not immediately clear what set off the confrontation at the shrine sacred to both Jews
Obama Gives Diplomat Job to Fundraiser, Disaster Ensues

Obama Gives Diplomat Job to Fundraiser, Disaster Ensues

From Foreign Policy Magazine: Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over
IAEA Admits Iran Visit a Failure

IAEA Admits Iran Visit a Failure

VIENNA (AP)–The U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged renewed failure Wednesday after a trip to probe suspicions of covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, in a statement issued just hours after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any foe threatening

American War Journalist Killed by Syrian Army

LONDON (AP) – Respected American journalist Marie Colvin, who spent decades reporting on conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria, focusing on the suffering of women and children in wartime, died in a fierce shelling attack Wednesday in Syria.    
Obama Admin Considers Arming Syrian Rebels

Obama Admin Considers Arming Syrian Rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration opened the door slightly Tuesday to international military assistance for Syria’s rebels, with officials saying new tactics may have to be explored if President Bashar Assad continues to defy pressure to halt a brutal
Iran: IAEA Won't Inspect Nuclear Sites During Visit

Iran: IAEA Won't Inspect Nuclear Sites During Visit

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – A U.N. team visiting Iran has no plans to inspect the country’s nuclear facilities and will only hold talks with officials in Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. The remarks by Ramin Mehmanparast cast doubt
Oil Jumps to Nine-Month High After Iran Cuts Supply

Oil Jumps to Nine-Month High After Iran Cuts Supply

(AP) Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel on Monday afterIran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France in an escalation of a dispute over the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear program. By Monday afternoon, benchmark March
Iran Cuts Off Oil to France, UK; Rebuked by… China?

Iran Cuts Off Oil to France, UK; Rebuked by… China?

From Reuters: China rebuked Iran on Monday for stopping oil sales to British and French companies at the weekend, calling for renewed efforts at dialogue over an escalating stand-off over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. China has repeatedly called for talks
Top General: Israeli Iran Strike Would Be 'Destabilizing'

Top General: Israeli Iran Strike Would Be 'Destabilizing'

Moreso than, say, a nuclear attack by Iran on Israel or the United States? From Bloomberg: An Israeli attack on Iran would be “destabilizing,” Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. “It’s not
Hostage Crisis in Egypt: Will Obama Fare Better than Carter?

Hostage Crisis in Egypt: Will Obama Fare Better than Carter?

From Front Page Magazine: Nineteen American citizens working for well-known and well-established nonprofit groups are being held on trumped-up charges that they tried to destabilize Egypt. Their offices were raided in late December, some are holed up in the U.S.

Terror Suspect Arrested Near U.S. Capitol

From the Wall Street Journal:   WASHINGTON–Federal agents on Friday arrested a man who they allege planned carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, part of a sting operation in which undercover agents posing as al Qaeda operatives
UN General Assembly Condemns Syria

UN General Assembly Condemns Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday for a resolution backing an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and strongly condemning human rights violations by his regime. The vote in
Thailand: Captured Iranians Planned to Assassinate Israelis

Thailand: Captured Iranians Planned to Assassinate Israelis

BANGKOK (AP) – The Iranians arrested after accidentally setting off an explosives cache in Bangkok were planning to attack Israeli diplomats, Thailand’s police chief said Thursday, the first confirmation by local officials that the group was plotting terror attacks in
GOP Pushes Back Against Further Nuke Cuts

GOP Pushes Back Against Further Nuke Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional Republicans on Wednesday vowed to block the Obama administration from sharply cutting the U.S. nuclear force, calling potential reductions of as much as 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons “reckless lunacy.” Pointing to the
US Admiral Says Navy Prepared to Confront Iran

US Admiral Says Navy Prepared to Confront Iran

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – The top U.S. Navy official in the Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran’s military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region. Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of
Hamas 'Will Never Recognise Israel,' Gaza Premier Says

Hamas 'Will Never Recognise Israel,' Gaza Premier Says

Hamas “will never recognise Israel,” Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniya said Saturday in a speech in Iran that is likely to complicate Palestinian efforts to form a unity government in the teeth of opposition from the Jewish state. “They want

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