Boat of 93 Asylum-Seekers Capsizes Off the Coast of Christmas Island (Australian Territory), Killing 2

March 25, 2013

“They were injured and many of the other 93 people on the fishing boat fell into the water when it capsized after stopping for the approaching Australian Customs vessel Ocean Protector.”

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United Nations Temporarily Cuts Number of International Staff in Damascus, Syria

March 25, 2013

“The U.N. will relocate some Damascus-based staff of the office of joint U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to Beirut and to the office’s main office in Cairo and it has asked all national staff from the office to work from home until further notice, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.”

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European Union Suspends Sanctions Against 81 Zimbabwe Officials and 8 Companies

March 25, 2013

“However, sanctions will remain in force against 10 people – including Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe – and two firms, EU sources say.”

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Rebel Mortar Shells Strike Military Headquarters, Hotel, and State Media Building in Central Damascus

March 25, 2013

“The state news agency said mortar bombs fired by “terrorists” had killed two people and wounded others near the Opera House on Ummayad Square, where Baath Party headquarters, Air Force Intelligence and state television are also located.”

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Syria Activists: Car Bomb in Eastern Syrian Injures Top Syrian Rebel Commander and Defector

March 25, 2013

“The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the explosion Monday in the town of Mayadeen injured Riad al-Asaad. Activists say Asaad’s leg was severed and that he is in stable condition in Turkey.”

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Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Orders Arrest of 5 Rights Activists

March 25, 2013

“Egypt’s top prosecutor issued arrest warrants on Monday for five rights activists on suspicion of inciting violence against members of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood.”

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U.S. Army Hands Over Control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

March 25, 2013

“The US has handed over to Afghanistan the only prison still under American control, resolving an issue that has strained ties between the countries.”

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Rebels Violently Overthrow Central African Republic Government; President Francois Bozize Flees to Democratic Republic of Congo

March 24, 2013

“The statement described Bozize as the country’s former president and urged residents of the landlocked country to remain calm and prepare themselves to welcome rebel forces.”

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Syria Accuses al-Qaeda of Orchestrating Damascus Mosque Bomb That Killed 49 People Including Prominent Scholar Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti

March 24, 2013

“The “terrorist” act which targeted scholar Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida and its allies, Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Friday in a letter addressing the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General.”

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Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson: Washington Post Reporting is “Amateurish” and “Embarrassing”

March 24, 2013

““I have no idea what the Post’s motives might be,” he wrote to POLITICO in an email. “Their reporting on the Menendez story has been amateurish.””

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Attorney General Holder Avoids Prison Staff Furloughs By Moving $150 Million From Other Justice Department Accounts

March 24, 2013

“Some 38,000 employees at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons supervise 176,000 inmates at 119 institutions, ensuring security and providing prisoners with needed programs.”

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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Spearheading Issue Advocacy Organization For Immigration Reform

March 24, 2013

“The sources said Zuckerberg and other tech executives have enlisted the help of Democratic and Republican strategists to create the group that would advocate long-term economic issues.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre Endorses Increasing Penalties on Straw Gun Purchases

March 24, 2013

“National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that he’d support gun reform legislation that would “beef up the penalties” on straw purchases of firearms and illegal gun trafficking, as well as getting records of mentally ill into the national background checks system.”

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Analysis: Evolving Republican Reversal on Gay Marriage Brings Big Money Opportunity

March 24, 2013

“Several lawmakers told POLITICO the issue has come up in meetings with potential big donors, who take a different view than the party base.”

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Reaffirms Support For Marijuana Decriminalization: “I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives”

March 24, 2013

“”Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added. “They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky.””

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