Politics

US Muslims blast state law barring religious dress - 07/17/2009

WASHINGTON - A leading US Muslim civil rights organization on Thursday slammed a draft state law that would bar teachers in public schools from wearing "religious dress" such as a headscarf. "This...

Clinton insists relations with Obama are good - 07/17/2009

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted Thursday that she maintains good relations with President Barack Obama, despite media speculation about tension between the one-time...

Clinton urges Arabs to make gestures now toward Israel - 07/15/2009

WASHINGTON, Lachlan Carmichael - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged Arab states to make immediate gestures toward normalizing ties with Israel in a bid to promote prospects for...

Obama threatens veto over defense budget change - 07/15/2009

WASHINGTON, Dan De Luce - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned Congress he would veto funds for more F-22 fighter jets as well as other changes to his proposed defense budget, his...

Chinese intellectuals call for release of Uighur scholar - 07/14/2009

BEIJING - A group of Chinese intellectuals called Tuesday for the release of a Muslim Uighur scholar who was reportedly detained for links to unrest in China's Xinjiang region that left up to 180...

Italy denounces UN complaint over refugees - 07/14/2009

ROME - Italy has demanded an apology from the UN refugee agency in an angry response Tuesday to a complaint that a group of African would-be immigrants were mistreated. European Affairs Minister...

Another British minister quits Brown government - 07/14/2009

LONDON - A British junior minister was to resign his post from embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government but would remain as an adviser, officials said Tuesday. Ara Darzi, a practising...

UN chief tells Myanmar to deliver on poll pledge - 07/13/2009

UNITED NATIONS, Gerard Aziakou - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday pressed Myanmar to free political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to ensure "credible and legitimate" polls next year as the...

Italian opposition snubs comic would-be leader - 07/13/2009

ROME - Italy's centre-left opposition turned down a membership request Monday from one of the country's best-loved comics who has declared his intention to lead and reform the struggling party....

PM insists enough British troops in Afghanistan - 07/13/2009

LONDON, Katherine Haddon - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown fended off calls Monday to send more troops and equipment to Afghanistan after the blackest day yet for forces there, with eight...
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