Nigerian Ansaru Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages From Italy, Britain, Greece, and Lebanon

March 10, 2013

“In an online statement posted on Saturday, the militant group Ansaru said it had killed the captives. Ansaru is suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network.”

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: I’m in Sync With Senate Republicans On Immigration

March 10, 2013

“Bush, a Republican, said he talked with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., part of the Senate group working on an immigration reform proposal, who last week criticized Bush for seeming to not support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Thursday Lunch Was First Time I’ve Ever Had a Conversation With President Obama

March 10, 2013

““This is the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes or televised exchanges,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.””

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Christians Protest Across Pakistan; Authorities Arrest 160 Suspects For Burning Christian Homes

March 10, 2013

“But it remains to be seen whether anyone will be held to account. Mob violence is not uncommon following blasphemy allegations, and police often round up large numbers of suspects. However, these arrests rarely result in actual convictions.”

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.””

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Falkland Islands Residents Begin Voting on Sovereignty Referendum to Rebuke Argentina

March 10, 2013

“An overwhelming “yes” vote is likely, prompting Argentina to dismiss the referendum as a meaningless publicity stunt. A high turnout is expected, however, as islanders embrace it as a chance to make their voices heard.”

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Wash. University School of Medicine at St. Louis Study: Nanoparticles Carrying Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

March 10, 2013

“Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses.”

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Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 9, 2013

“Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.”

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Thousands of Pakistani Muslim Protesters Burn 100 Christian Homes in Lahore in Response to Blasphemy

March 9, 2013

“Around 3,000 Muslim protesters took part in multiple simultaneous arsons of Christian homes, that belonged to low to middle-class families from the minority community.”

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Stopgap Spending Bill Passed By the House of Representatives Includes Order to Disclose Drone Information

March 9, 2013

“The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a little-known drone program that could be collecting images of unknowing Americans.”

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Violent Protests Erupt in Egypt After Court Upholds Death Sentences For 21 Soccer Rioters

March 9, 2013

“Three protesters have been killed and reportedly 65 injured in Cairo as outraged crowds protest both in the Egyptian capital and the city of Port Said over the latest verdict on the deadly Port Said stadium riot in February 2012.”

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Dozens of Gunmen Abduct Private Television Station Owner and 5 Crew in Tripoli, Libya

March 9, 2013

“One of the anchors at the Alassema station where the attack took place, Mohammed al-Sharkassi, told another news network that he had also been accosted outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.””

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North Korea Vows to End Non-Aggression Pact With South Korea

March 9, 2013

“The state-run agency said North Korea “abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South … [and] also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline.””

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60 Minutes: Lab Technician Warned Supervisor About Contamination One Month Before Meningitis Outbreak

March 9, 2013

“NECC, the compounding pharmacy that produced thousands of vials of a steroid pain medication that caused fungal meningitis that has so far killed 48 Americans and sickened over 700 more in the worst pharmaceutical disaster in decades.”

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