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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigns

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. “Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” the official told…

‘Tactical Response’ CEO James ‘Start Killing People’ Yeager gets back gun license

James Yeager, the Tennessee security contractor whose concealed carry permit was revoked in January when the threatened to “start killing people” over gun control, has gotten his license back. The Tactical Response CEO told Jackson, Tennessee’s WBBJ that while he has learned some “valuable lessons” along the way, he feels…

Fox set to show NRA-sponsored NASCAR race despite Senator Murphy’s plea to Rupert Murdoch

Connecticut’s Chris Murphy writes to Rupert Murdoch, citing gun control debate clash with agenda of Sprint Cup sponsor The Fox television network looks set to broadcast the NRA-sponsored Nascar Sprint Cup on Saturday, despite a plea from a Connecticut senator to pull the broadcast due to the pro-gun association’s “extreme”…

For hundreds of years, Japan’s cherry blossoms have symbolized life and death

Cherry blossom trees in bloom in Washington, D.C., shot and edited by Cindy Huang. After a chilly start to spring on the East Coast, cherry trees are in full bloom in Washington, D.C. But the trees’ pink and white blossoms are not just beautiful. They’ve been an evolving symbol of……

The bubble bursts on e-currency Bitcoin

Many saw it coming, but that didn’t stop the Bitcoin bubble from bursting: after rising to dizzying heights, the digital currency suffered its first true crash this week. The price of the virtual “geek” currency had soared through the stratosphere in recent weeks, trading for a high of $266 on…

Russia’s retaliatory ban on 18 U.S. officials includes Cheney chief David Addington

Russia on Saturday published its own blacklist of US officials banned from entering the country in retaliation for Washington blocking 18 Russians over alleged human rights abuses. “The war of lists is not our choice, but we cannot ignore outright blackmail,” said the Russian foreign ministry in a statement, which…

Mubarak retrial collapses in chaos

The judge in the retrial of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak recused himself on Saturday, in a chaotic opening hearing that lasted just seconds and saw a proud and combative Mubarak smile and wave in the dock. Head judge Mostafa Hassan Abdallah told the court he would send the case to the…

London braces for massive party to ‘celebrate’ Thatcher’s death

Police were braced on Saturday for a mass “party” staged by opponents of Margaret Thatcher in London’s Trafalgar Square to celebrate her death. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the authorities were prepared for potential violence, after trouble erupted at several impromptu street celebrations following the death of the former…

Passengers scream in terror as plane misses Bali runway and lands in sea

An Indonesian plane carrying more than 100 passengers broke in two after missing the runway at Bali airport Saturday and landing in the sea, leaving dozens injured but no fatalities. The Boeing 737-800 was operated by budget airline Lion Air, a rapidly expanding carrier which recently sealed blockbuster orders for…

Obama’s weekly address given by Newtown victim’s mother Francine Wheeler: ‘Now is the time to act’

President Barack Obama handed over his weekly radio address to the grieving mother of a Newtown massacre victim on Saturday as debate raged over proposed gun control legislation. In a rare move which ramped up pressure on US lawmakers ahead of debates on gun control in Congress, Francine Wheeler —…

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