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27 Mar 10
Arabs must 'prepare alternatives to failing peace process'
Arab states should prepare for the possibility that the Palestinian-Israeli peace process may be a total failure and prepare alternatives, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said on Saturday. "We have to study the possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure," Moussa told a summit of Arab leaders in the Libyan town of Sirte. "It's time to face Israel. We have to have alternative plans because the situation has reached a turning-point," he said.
Anti-Hugo Chavez TV channel owner arrested in Venezuela
The owner of Venezuela's only television channel that remains critical of President Hugo Chavez was arrested on Thursday, spurring concerns among rights activists of a widening government crackdown aimed at silencing critics. Attorney General Luisa Ortega said a warrant was issued for the arrest of Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of the TV channel Globovision, for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president.
Pope accused of covering up US priest's abuse of 200 deaf boys
The Pope is facing accusations he was personally involved in covering up child sex abuse by failing to take action against an American priest who molested up to 200 boys at a deaf school. The allegations centre on the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy who has been accused of abusing children in Wisconsin, where he worked from 1950 to 1974. The Pope was alerted to the claims in 1996, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's department for dealing with particularly grave sins.
Southern China suffers worst drought in memory
The whole of Southern China is in the grip of the worst drought in living memory, leaving at least 18 million people without access to drinking water, according to the government. Since 1517, when records began in the small Chinese village of Xiazha, there has always been water in its three wells. This spring, however, the wells dried up.
Residents of south Israel fear another war brewing
Residents of Israel's southern region view the incident in which two soldiers were killed in Gaza Friday, along with the continuous rocket and mortar fire emanating from the Hamas-ruled territory, as a possible prelude to a full-blown war. "There is a sense that we are on the brink of another war," a member of Kibbutz Kfar Aza told Ynet on Saturday.
Napolitano: Supreme Court to Strike Down Obamacare
President Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents ever in terms of respecting constitutional limitations on government, and the states suing the federal government over healthcare reform "have a pretty strong case" and are likely to prevail, according to author and judicial analyst Andrew P. Napolitano. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella, Napolitano says the president's healthcare reforms amount to "commandeering" the state legislatures for federal purposes, which the Supreme Court has forbidden as unconstitutional.
Personal Income Drops Across the Country
Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Nevada's 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating. Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%. Incomes stayed flat in two states and rose in six and the District of Columbia. West Virginia had the best showing with a 2.1% increase.
Anti-Iran turnaround in Iraqi elections
A jubilant Ayad Allawi claimed victory for his secular, anti-Iranian coalition as final parliamentary returns Friday showed him edging out the bloc of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who angrily vowed to fight the results. The results, if they stand, will give Allawi the first opportunity to form a parliamentary majority and Iraq's next government. But they do not automatically mean that he will become prime minister, and the narrow margin sets the stage for months of political wrangling.
Israeli tanks 'enter Gaza' after deadly clashes
Israeli tanks advanced briefly into the Gaza Strip following clashes with Palestinians in which two Israeli soldiers died, reports say. Witnesses in Gaza said tanks and bulldozers moved towards the southern town of Khan Younis before withdrawing. They also said there had been firing from the Israeli navy along the Gaza coastline.
Hopes fading for South Korea sailors
South Korea's navy is continuing its search for 46 sailors missing after Friday's explosion sank their ship, but hopes are fading of finding survivors. Military divers have arrived at the scene in near-freezing waters, but rough seas are holding up their work. The naval patrol vessel sank near the disputed maritime border with North Korea but officials say there is no indication the North was involved.
'Iran sanctions may be necessary'
Imposing more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program is not the best option, but it cannot be excluded, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday. Russia is a key player in mediations on Iran's nuclear program, which the United States and other Western nations believe is geared toward producing atomic weapons. Iran insists its nuclear technology has a solely peaceful purpose, but the West is frustrated by Iran's perceived reluctance to prove that.
IDF soldier fights for his life as tanks leave Gaza
The soldier who was seriously wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday night continued to fight for his life on Saturday afternoon after undergoing an operation at Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center. The soldier is unconscious and cannot breathe on his own. Meanwhile on Saturday, hostilities in the Gaza Strip continued on as two Kassam rockets were fired at Israel. One fell inside the Strip, while the other exploded near a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev area. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.