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Egyptian media reports Mubarak is ‘clinically dead’
04:38 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 10:40 p.m.
The Egyptian state news agency says former President Hosni Mubarak is “clinically dead.”
Gay marriage a distant dream around the world
May 10, 2012
China’s government considered homosexuality a mental disorder until 2001. Mobs in Senegal have disinterred bodies of men they believe were gays and dragged them through the streets. In Egypt, laws prohibiting “shameless public acts” have been used to imprison gay men.
Ex-U.N. ambassador: U.S. taking wrong approach to foreign ‘trouble spots’
April 4, 2012
A former United States ambassador to the United Nations called for an increased attention to international affairs Wednesday, arguing a strong America is critical to an economically prosperous one.
James Murdoch steps down as BSkyB chairman
April 3, 2012
Once his father’s heir apparent, James Murdoch stepped down Tuesday as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting, surrendering one of the biggest jobs in the Murdoch media empire in a bid to distance the broadcaster from a deepening phone hacking scandal.
Syria says it won’t be first to lay down arms
March 31, 2012
Syria rejected international envoy Kofi Annan’s call for the regime to halt violence first just days after the government agreed to a cease-fire plan. A senior official declared victory over the opposition.
Clinton: Time running out for diplomacy with Iran
March 31, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Saturday that time is running out for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program and said talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would resume in mid-April.
In Cuba, Pope calls for more freedom
March 29, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against “fanaticism” in an unusually political sermon Wednesday before hundreds of thousands at Revolution Plaza, with President Raul Castro in the front row.
Obama: N. Korean rocket test would isolate regime
March 26, 2012
Warning North Korea from its doorstep, President Barack Obama said Pyongyang risks deepening its isolation in the international community if it proceeds with a planned long-range rocket launch.
French gunman’s brother charged, denies role
March 25, 2012
A Frenchman suspected of helping his brother plot attacks against Jewish schoolchildren and paratroopers was handed preliminary murder and terrorism charges Sunday.
Assad in control after bloody year
March 23, 2012
As world leaders close ranks against Syrian leader Bashar Assad, the U.S. president summed up the popular wisdom during a recent White House press conference: “Ultimately, this dictator will fall.”
French standoff ends with terror suspect shot in head
Gunman had been on U.S. no-fly list since 2010
09:19 a.m., March 22, 2012 Updated 12:40 a.m.
A French prosecutor says that a gunman who claimed responsibility for a radical Islam-inspired killing spree was shot in the head by police.
Police press besieged gunman to surrender in France
March 22, 2012
Riot police set off explosions outside an apartment building early today in an effort to force the surrender of a gunman who boasted of bringing France “to its knees” with an al-Qaida-linked terror spree that killed seven people.
46 killed in attacks across Iraq
March 21, 2012
Insurgents plotting to derail next week’s Arab League meeting in Baghdad unleashed bloody attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, killing 46 people. The government vowed not to be scared off from hosting the summit — the first in the country in a generation and a chance to prove it is moving toward normalcy after years of war.
Strong quake shakes Mexico; no deaths reported
March 21, 2012
A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.
4 slain at French Jewish school
March 20, 2012
A motorbike assailant opened fire with two handguns Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a girl. One witness described him as a man chasing small children and “looking to kill.”