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Air Force Academy should drop ‘Lord’s army’ speaker for prayer luncheon, religious freedom advocate demands

The US Air Force Academy should withdraw its invitation for a former Marine to address the Academy’s National Prayer Luncheon next month, according to a religious freedom advocacy group. “Egregiously sectarian statements like [those] from former Lt. McClary blatantly exclude not only non-Christians, but also the many Christians who do…

Asian-Americans slam Limbaugh for ‘childish’ mockery of Chinese

VIDEO: Colbert ‘upset’ over Limbaugh ripping off his ‘offensive Chinese impersonation’ from 2005 WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host heard by millions of Americans, came under fire from Asian Americans after he mocked the way visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks. The commentator lampooned Hu — who he…

FBI: MLK parade bomb may have been racially motivated

Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement. An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington…

Myanmar frees democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence. A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound…

Myanmar ‘preparing for Suu Kyi release’

Preparations are under way for the expected release of Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, officials said on Wednesday, after the army’s proxies claimed a landslide election win. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent most of the past two decades locked up, is due to be…

Wife of Chinese Nobel laureate placed under house arrest: US rights group

The wife of the Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, is being detained in her Beijing home, the spokeswoman for a US based rights group said Sunday, citing a reliable source in Beijing. “She is currently under de facto house arrest back in her apartment…

Obama to China: Free Nobel Prize winner

Reuters reports that police in Beijing have forced Liu Xia, the wife of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, out of her home in order to keep her away from the media. The officers said they wanted to take Liu to the prison in Jinzhou in the northeastern province of Liaoning, where…

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for championing reform and human rights in a move that is certain to anger Beijing. The writer and university professor was honoured “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,” Norwegian Nobel Committee…

Gore denies ‘grope’ accusation as police reopen probe

A spokesman for former US vice president Al Gore refuted accusations that he groped a masseuse in Oregon in 2006 and said a newly reopened police probe into the matter would clear his name. “Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore,” said the statement by Kalee Kreider,…

Israeli forces board Rachel Corrie aid boat, no casualties reported

Update: Rachel Corrie docked in Israel; Netanyahu praises operation The Rachel Corrie aid ship docked in Israel on Saturday after being prevented from reaching Gaza, with no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed another aid boat earlier in the week. The Irish-owned 1,200-tonne vessel was escorted…

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