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Sarah Palin visits Israel, will see Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Leading Republican Sarah Palin toured Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Sunday as she began a two-day, private visit to Israel. She also planned on meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during her first trip to the Jewish state to discuss key issues facing the U.S. ally. Palin, a…

US to offer potassium iodide to US govt workers in Japan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US State Department said Monday it is making potassium iodide (KI) available to US government workers and their dependents located in the vicinity of a troubled Japanese nuclear plant. “The US government is making available potassium iodide as a precautionary measure for United States government personnel…

Germany mourns Knut the polar bear, dead at age 4

Knut the polar bear, who became famous after his mother abandoned him and he was raised by a trainer, was found dead in his enclosure this weekend at the Berlin Zoo. He was 4. Watch video, first aired by the Xinhua News Agency, below: [Image via Victor Hinterleitner for Knutisweekly.com,…

US army apologizes for Afghanistan abuse pictures

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by American troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that…

Koran burnt in Florida church

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP) – A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes. The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September…

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at protest for Bradley Manning

Update: Ellsberg arrested twice in single weekend — watch footage from Sunday’s protest here Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Sunday at a military base holding the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US cables, supporters said. “It was…

How much will the no-fly zone cost the US?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s decision to join Western intervention in Libya is raising concerns in the United States about the cost and duration of the military operation. Even if the U.S. role in Libya remains limited, as Obama has promised, the effort will add to record-high debt and deficits that have led…

Lieberman, McCain insist U.S. nuclear power is safe

While Japan is struggling to prevent a full-scale meltdown at their Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) are insisting that nuclear power is safe in the U.S. This video is from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast March 20, 2011.…

House to vote on ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

The US House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto after it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional…

Bill Kristol calls for U.S. ground forces in Libya

The operation to create a no-fly zone in Libya has just begun, but already conservative Fox News pundit Bill Kristol is wishing the U.S. would send in ground troops “sooner rather than later.” U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday the “Odyssey Dawn” operation launched under a UN Security Council resolution…

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