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Former US ambassador captured aboard Gaza aid ship to be sent home

A former U.S. ambassador aboard a Gaza aid ship seized by Israel commandos is on his way home, his wife said Monday evening. Edward Peck, 81, of Chevy Chase, Md., was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, said his wife, Ann Peck. She said…

Top RNC fundraiser quits after scandals

The Republican National Committee has lost one of its top fundraisers amidst a backdrop of scandals hounding RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Sam Fox, a former US ambassador to Belgium and hearty supporter of President George W. Bush, has resigned a senior position within the Party’s fundraising ranks, Politico’s Ben Smith…

Saudi to behead Lebanese convicted of witchcraft: lawyer

BEIRUT (AFP) – A Lebanese man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on charges of witchcraft is due to be beheaded this week, his lawyer said on Wednesday, urging officials and rights groups to intervene on his behalf. “Last night we got news through unofficial channels that Ali Sabat would…

Scouts founder held talks with Nazis: UK secret files

LONDON (AFP) – Scouting founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell was invited to meet Adolf Hitler after friendly talks with the Hitler Youth about forming closer ties, secret British files released Monday showed. Britain’s Baden-Powell, who started the Scouts in 1907, held talks with German ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hitler Youth…

‘Utterly stupid’: WH slams Robertson over Haiti remarks

UPDATE: The White House joined the growing chorus of condemnation surrounding televangelist Pat Robertson’s comment that the earthquake in Haiti was the result of a “pact with the devil” the nation’s founders made when fighting against French colonial rule in the 18th century. “It never ceases to amaze, that in…

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