Boxing champion Muhammad Ali and other prominent Muslim leaders held a press conference to call on Iran to release American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Bauer, Fattal and Bauer's fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were arrested July 31, 2009, while hiking along an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, and accused of espionage.
The death toll from Sunday's Joplin, Mo., tornado rose to 122, making it the eighth-deadliest tornado in U.S. history, the National Weather Service said. The Joplin tornado was upgraded to EF-5, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and its winds were in excess of 200 mph.
After President Obama's address on the Middle East peace process, including a controversial call for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu came to the U.S. to meet with Obama and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
President Obama spoke to AIPAC reaffirming U.S. support for Israel and calling for Israelis and Palestinians to seek a two-state solution. Meanwhile, Demonstrators held a rally outside the Justice Department demanding AIPAC be re-registered and re-regulated under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Obama outlined his administration's accomplishments, including appointing two women to the Supreme Court and passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but said there was more to be done and asked for support for a second term.
On the 63rd anniversary of "Nakba," a term used by Palestinians in reference to the establishment of Israel in 1948, violence erupted between protesters and Israeli forces, with at least 10 dead and hundreds wounded. Speculation has arisen that the clashes are indicative of the "Arab spring" heading to Israel.
Mississippi River flooding this spring is likely to affect crops in at least five U.S. states, as well as have a heavy impact on local casinos, and oil production. Monetary estimates are considered incomplete, but the cost of the floods could wind up in the billions of dollars, experts said.
Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square calling for national unity, and solidarity with the Palestinians as they mark the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" which they call the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948.
Pakistan's Taliban claimed their first major strike in revenge for Osama bin Laden's death as at least 70 people were killed in the attack on paramilitary police outside the main training center in Shabqadar, about 19 miles north of Peshawa.
With the capture of Tripoli and continued success, as slow as it may be at times, the rebel forces in Libya have achieved a series of military and diplomatic victories over the past several months following after the Arab Spring.
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