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  • Kerry to visit parents of young US diplomat killed in Afghanistan while delivering textbooks

    April 15, 2013 6:09 AM 141

    TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will stop in Chicago to visit the parents of the young U.S. diplomat killed while delivering textbooks in southern Afghanistan. Kerry is stopping on his way back from Japan, the last leg of a 10-day overseas tour which started with tragedy when he learned of Anne Smedinghoff's death while readying to depart

  • China and Russia's military spending rises

    April 15, 2013 12:40 AM 208

    The fall—the first since 1998—was driven by major spending cuts in the USA and Western and Central Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and Japan. The reductions were, however, substantially offset by increased spending in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. China, the second largest spender in 2012, increased

  • Gantz sends Remembrance Day message to soldiers

    April 14, 2013 5:08 PM 142

    The IDF Chief of Staff sends message of support for bereaved families and of confidence in IDF's combat-readiness. In a message sent to all soldiers, and which was read out at military memorial ceremonies across Israel on Sunday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz vowed to continue support for all bereaved families, and said that the military will continue

  • Masked, armed teachers revolt against Mexican president's reforms in test of his wider agenda

    April 14, 2013 3:03 PM 171

    ATLIACA, Mexico – Easter vacation was over, but there wasn't a teacher in sight at the boarding school for indigenous children on the edge of this sunbaked southern Mexico hill town. A 37-year-old cook who hadn't finished high school sat between two little girls on a cement stoop outside the kitchen, peering at their dog-eared notebooks as they struggled

  • George McArthur dies at 88; L.A. Times Saigon bureau chief during Vietnam War

    April 14, 2013 2:26 AM 174

    McArthur, who was highly esteemed for his level-headed reporting, joined the Los Angeles Times in 1969, covering the Vietnam War until it ended in 1975. George McArthur, who covered the Vietnam War for the Los Angeles Times as Saigon bureau chief after spending two decades as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, died Friday. He was 88. McArthur

  • North Korean video shows imagined strikes on U.S.

    April 13, 2013 10:36 PM 142

    The propaganda video puts NORAD, based near Colorado Springs, somewhere in southern Arkansas or northern Louisiana. A video released by Saturday by North Korea shows nuclear launches against the United States reaching four sites, including Washington, D.C., California, Hawaii and what the announcer describes as Colorado Springs, but which looks like Arkansas

  • Florida police sergeant fired for having Trayvon Martin shooting targets

    April 13, 2013 9:42 PM 162

    (CNN) -- A Florida police sergeant was fired for possessing several so-called Trayvon Martin shooting targets, authorities said Saturday. Sgt. Ron King of Port Canaveral Police Department was fired Friday after an internal review investigated how he offered the hoodie paper shooting targets to two fellow officers, said John Walsh, interim CEO of the Canaveral

  • Port Canaveral police sergeant fired

    April 13, 2013 7:35 PM 201

    A Port Canaveral police officer is out of a job after allegations he brought targets resembling Travyon Martin to a gun range. Interim CEO John Walsh said he would like to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s family for the alleged behavior. Walsh said it happened at the Sheriff's Farm gun range, near Interstate 95 in Cocoa on April 4. King was leading a target

  • Leader of Egypt's dwindling Jewish community dies at 82, worked to preserve synagogues

    April 13, 2013 6:49 PM 176

    CAIRO – The leader of Egypt's dwindling and aging Jewish community, known for her tireless work preserving synagogues and a once-sprawling Jewish cemetery, died Saturday at the age of 82. Carmen Weinstein will be buried on Thursday in the Bassatine cemetery she herself worked to save since 1978. It is the only Jewish cemetery left in Cairo and is the largest

  • Report: North Korean propaganda video threatens Colorado Springs, but ...

    April 13, 2013 6:06 PM 198

    One of the lectionary readings from Scripture which will be read in many churches in another week is from the book of Acts written by the Apostle Luke. It is the account of Tabitha who is called a Disciple (Acts 9). Tabitha, according to Scripture went about doing good and helping the poor. Tabitha died, her body was prepared for burial and they sent for the Apostle