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Saudi minister: Economic summit must tackle Arab Spring

A two-day economic summit that opens Monday in Saudi Arabia must break with tradition and tackle people’s aspirations in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Saudi foreign minister said. “Our meeting should not be mired in routine,” Prince Saud al-Faisal said at a meeting Saturday to prepare for…

Obama’s inauguration a boon for businesses

Tucked behind a tidy souvenir shop storefront on the ground floor of an office building one block from the White House, t-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and a vast assortment of inauguration paraphernalia is staged for an onslaught of purchasing. Over the course of the weekend, which culminates on Monday on the…

U.S. and Israeli leaders locked in tension as threats loom

US President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will have to bury past hostilities if the Israeli prime minister is re-elected to jointly face looming threats such as Iran, analysts say. The two men have never warmed to each other, and ties have remained frosty. Obama pointedly failed to make time…

Harris-Perry: Gun control may be ‘swifter and more effective’ at local level

On her Saturday show, Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the possibility that gun control advocates may want to focus on passing legislation at the local level. “While many are looking to the White House and Capitol Hill to make sweeping gun reform legislation, perhaps swifter and more effective action is likelier to…

Condoms ‘for hard times’ sold at Obama inauguration festivities

Entrepreneurs gathered on Washington’s National Mall on Saturday to hawk their wares on the inauguration black market Saturday saw a fairly slow start to the inauguration festivities on the streets of Washington DC, but the entrepreneurial spirit was alive and kicking – as evidenced by the sale of Obama prophylactics.…

Europe hit by blizzards, air traffic havoc, deaths

Extreme winter weather swept across western Europe Saturday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London’s main international airport and claiming several lives in Spain, Portugal and France, including those of three Mali-bound soldiers. The frigid temperatures also caused delays and cancellations on major railway lines including the Eurostar train service,…

Spain ‘stolen baby’ finds mother 50 years on: police

A Spanish woman was reunited with her mother nearly 50 years after being abducted as a newborn, one of numerous alleged cases of “stolen babies” from the Franco era, police said Saturday. Francisco Franco’s regime allowed children to be taken away at birth if the parents were left-wing opponents or…

Well-known Sikh priest injured in shooting improves after sons’ vigil

The sons of a well-known Sikh priest, who was shot in the head during an August attack on a temple in Wisconsin, have been sitting vigil by his side 24 hours a day, reported the Associated Press. During their shifts, the men recited the word “waheguru,” a Punjabi words that…

State Dept. orders departure of Mali embassy dependents

The US State Department has ordered all family members of embassy employees to leave Mali, amid the country’s escalating conflict with Islamist militants who control the vast arid north. The order late Friday follows a tumultuous week in which gunmen across the border in Algeria staged a deadly raid on…

West Point study on ‘violent far right’ shows ‘dramatic rise’ in attacks

A report published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy on Jan. 15 discusses the potential dangers of “violent far-right” organizations, which has angered some conservatives that believe the military should focus on international threats. The executive summary of the paper, “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s…

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