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EU nations may take freed Gitmo inmates off Obama's hands

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's honeymoon period has crossed the Atlantic: European nations are planning on holding a conference next month to discuss resettling freed terror suspects who are currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mugabe ignores cholera plague, keeps hold on power

The Bush administration in effect is throwing up its hands in despair at the growing political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. The U.S. government has concluded it no longer can support the power-sharing agreement between Robert Mugabe, president for almost three decades, and the opposition, The New York Times reported Monday.

U.N. religious hate vote alarms liberty groups

The U.N. General Assembly Thursday approved a "Defamation of Religion" resolution, largely supported by Islamic countries, condemning critical or offensive expressions directed at any religious faith. What's not to like? According to critics of the resolution, quite a lot.
Foiled coup plot points to dark future for Iraq

Foiled coup plot points to dark future for Iraq

The plotters arrested in Iraq's Interior Ministry did not pose a serious threat to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But the very existence of the plot throws enormous doubt over the survival and stability of Iraq's 3-year-old democratic system, once the main combat force of the U.S. armed forces leaves the country. That will occur within the next 18 months, if U.S. President-elect Barack Obama can fulfill his stated timetable.
Fed faces first-and-goal at the 1

Fed faces first-and-goal at the 1

By cutting interest rates to a historic low of 0.25 percent, the U.S. Federal Reserve has run out of maneuvering room as far as using interest rates as an instrument of monetary policy.
Fates propel Caroline Kennedy toward U.S. Senate

Fates propel Caroline Kennedy toward U.S. Senate

There is a sense of fitting symbolism to Caroline Kennedy's agreement to seek the appointment to Sen. Hillary Clinton's New York Senate seat.

Bush gets the shoe slap treatment from angry Iraqi

In the end, the Iraqi people did not bid farewell to U.S. President George W. Bush with gratitude or wreaths of victory. Instead an individual, unarmed Iraqi threw shoes at him, a traditional demonstration of anger and contempt.
Obama picks Nobel laureate Chu to rescue U.S. energy policy

Obama picks Nobel laureate Chu to rescue U.S. energy policy

President-elect Barack Obama's choice as U.S. energy secretary was another bold surprise. He picked the first Nobel Prize winner and the first Asian-American ever to hold the job.

Greek riots signal troubled future for Europe

Cleanup teams started work on repairing an estimated $300 million worth of damage in Athens Thursday, but as Greece still simmered from its worst riots in 40 years, fears grew around Europe that the violence may be a sign of the shape of things to come.
Hajj season brings good news, hope to Middle East

Hajj season brings good news, hope to Middle East

The annual Hajj is drawing to a close in Mecca without any major accident, tragedy or terrorist attack. And across the Middle East, developments look -- at least for the moment -- uncharacteristically positive.

Due process foils 9/11 gang's lust for martyrdom

It was just as well that the five men held at Guantanamo Bay accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States withdrew their guilty pleas because they could not be certain they would be sentenced to death.
Shinseki pick good for war vets, bad for neocons

Shinseki pick good for war vets, bad for neocons

Barack Obama's selection of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his first secretary of veterans affairs is a political coup that solves several political domestic problems for the president-elect. It also sends a strong signal to the world about the very different form the U.S. government's policymaking apparatus will take in the new administration.
U.S. jobless figures confirm economic meltdown

U.S. jobless figures confirm economic meltdown

U.S. President George W. Bush is leaving office not with a whimper but a bang -- and it's the bang of a sinking U.S. economy.
Big Three will get bailout, but times will change

Big Three will get bailout, but times will change

The heads of America's Big Three automakers -- General Motors, Ford and Chrysler -- descended on Washington Thursday in a convoy of hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles seeking $34 billion in loans to save the floundering U.S. auto industry. They look certain to get the bailout, but U.S. public opinion, even in the Midwest heartland where the industry is based, remains surprisingly lukewarm, even hostile.
CFR-Brookings report reveals Obama's Mideast strategy

CFR-Brookings report reveals Obama's Mideast strategy

Israelis and Palestinians alike should be in no doubt. The new report on the Middle East from the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations is no mere straw in the wind: It spells out in considerable detail what the Obama administration's strategy and priorities for Iran and the Israeli-Arab peace process are going to be.
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