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Analysis Casts Doubts on Ahmadinejad's Victory

Posted: 06/22/2009 - An analysis by a British think tank highlights profound differences between voting patterns in Iran's recent election and hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first victory in 2005, casting doubt on whether they could have occurred without manipulation.

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Italy has Become Close Friend of Israel

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Premier Silvio Berlusconi likes to cast himself as an international statesman, touting his warm personal ties with Russia's Vladimir Putin and former U.S. President George W. Bush and his efforts to raise Italy's profile on the world stage.

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Militant Camp May Hold Clues to Taliban Operations

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Deep in the tunnel, a small wooden cabinet is the only piece of furniture, a syringe still in its plastic wrapper and a disposable razor scattered on the shelves. A pair of sky-blue pants lies on the rocky ground by the remnants of a threadbare sleeping mat.

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Bombings and Shootings Kill More Than 30 in Iraq

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Bombings and shootings killed more than 30 people across Iraq on Monday, including high school students on their way to final exams, part of a new round of violence ahead of next week's deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas.

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Mexico Arrests 7 in Day Care Fire that Killed 47

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Seven state officials were arrested Monday and six others were being sought on negligent homicide charges in a day care fire that killed 47 children in Mexico. But none were involved in the day care center itself.

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UK Lawmakers Elect New Speaker of House of Commons

Posted: 06/22/2009 - British lawmakers elected a new speaker of the House of Commons on Monday, part of a bid to put the political storm over their lavish taxpayer-funded expenses behind them. Opposition lawmaker John Bercow was elected to replace former speaker Michael Martin, the first presiding officer forced out in more than 300 years.

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Europeans Pressure Iran to End Protest Crackdown

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Europe has stepped up pressure on Iran to end its bloody crackdown on street protests, feeling less constrained to speak out than President Barack Obama - who has made engagement with the Islamic Republic a keystone of U.S. foreign policy.

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Sarkozy Says Burqas are 'Not Welcome' in France

Posted: 06/22/2009 - President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Monday that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women's identities and turns them into "prisoners behind a screen."

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Riot Police use Tear Gas to Halt Protest in Iran

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Riot police cracked down anew on demonstrators in Iran's capital on Monday hours after the feared Revolutionary Guard threatened to crush any further post-election protests. A witness described an "air of sadness" marked by people wailing prayers into the night.

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Obama Seeks to Join Global Rights of Child Pact

Posted: 06/22/2009 - he Obama administration is reviving efforts to have the United States sign onto a global children's rights treaty ratified by every U.N. member except the U.S. and Somalia, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Monday.

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US, Iraq Renovating Looted Baghdad Amusement Park

Posted: 06/22/2009 - American and Iraqi officials began the renovation of a popular amusement park Monday on an island north of Baghdad that was looted after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The 150-acre (60-hectare) Tigris River complex, which was based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright, was a popular site for weddings and other celebrations. It was devastated by looting after the invasion.

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Iranian Police Use Force to Break Up Protest

Updated: 06/22/2009 - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election.

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Iranian Police use Force to Break up Protest

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election.

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Brazil Identifies 11 Bodies From Air France Jet

Posted: 06/21/2009 - Medical examiners have identified the first 11 of 50 bodies recovered from the Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic three weeks ago, officials said Sunday.

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Chaplain Dies 5 Years After Being Wounded in Iraq

Posted: 06/21/2009 - The Rev. Tim Vakoc, a Minnesota priest who was gravely wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq five years ago, has died, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Sunday. He was 49.

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Government Asks to Dismiss Geronimo Lawsuit

Posted: 06/21/2009 - The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by descendants of Apache leader Geronimo, whose remains were purported to be stolen by members of a secret society at Yale University.

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Dead Sea Peril: Sinkholes Swallow Up the Unwary

Posted: 06/21/2009 - Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 10-meter-(30 foot-) deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard.

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Media Watchdog Says 23 Reporters Arrested

Posted: 06/21/2009 - A media watchdog group says Iranian authorities have arrested 23 journalists and bloggers since post-election protests began a week ago, including the head of the Association of Iranian Journalists.

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12 Students Home from China After Swine Flu Scare

Posted: 06/21/2009 - A dozen Pacific Ridge School teachers and students have returned to California after people they were traveling with tested positive for swine flu during a trip to China.

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Truck Bomb Kills More than 60 in Northern Iraq

Posted: 06/20/2009 - A truck bomb exploded as worshippers left a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding nearly 200 in the deadliest bombing in nearly two months

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A Glance at the New Acropolis Museum

Posted: 06/20/2009 - Greece's new Acropolis Museum opens to the public on Sunday. Here are some facts and figures about the museum.

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US, Regional Powers May Meet on North Korea Next Month

Posted: 06/19/2009 - The U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan may hold talks next month on neutralizing North Korea's rogue nuclear program after the secretive regime laid abruptly ended a formal six-nation disarmament dialogue by conducting an atomic test, an official said Saturday.

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