A group of demonstrators dance at the Jefferson Memorial a week after five demonstrators were forcefully arrested by U.S. Park Police for dancing inside the memorial. The group's purpose was to draw attention and defy a recent court ruling that forbids dancing at memorials.
Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing on a daily basis starting this weekend in a bid to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The decision to reopen the crossing on a permanent basis was discussed at recent reconciliation meetings between Fatah and Hamas.
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.
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