A group of activists slipped out of a Cyprus port yesterday, launching the latest in a series of Gaza flotillas. But with speculation that Israel is considering attacking Iran, and Palestinian maneuvers for statehood at the UN, it's not likely to get much attention.
As the US lifts sanctions against South Sudan, guest blogger Alex Thurston argues that US has lost its leverage in Sudan, since Khartoum has given up the hope of normalized relations.
But despite record deportations, many migrants at a shelter in Nogales, Mexico, now consider the US to be home.
But the US State Department report shows most of Mexico, including tourist areas, is safe, and the data reveal that US citizens are generally victims of opportunity, not specific targeting.
'Good Samaritan' laws around the US and elsewhere shelter those giving aid in emergencies from prosecution and encourage good deeds.
Syrian forces reportedly killed as many as seven people in Homs today, just one day after Syria agreed to a peace accord that called for withdrawing tanks from the streets.
The offices of a French satirical magazine were bombed early today, after the periodical published an issue about the Arab Spring with a caricature of the prophet Muhammad. The magazine featured the Muslim prophet as a “guest editor” for the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, threatening “100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!” Images of the prophet Muhammad are forbidden in Islam and have proved a source of controversy in recent years. Most disputes have stemmed from Western publications operating in countries with free speech and large Muslim immigrant populations. While Muslims contend that such images are deeply offensive and must not be published, free speech advocates have countered that the rules of an open society should not place prohibitions on religious drawings. And though not all incidents have resulted in violence, a number of have drawn widespread protest and unrest around the globe. Here are three that caught attention worldwide:
High school junior Tatiana Grossman founded 'Spread the Words' to send books, both paper and digital, to schoolchildren in Africa.
The hacker group Anonymous has set a weekend deadline for Mexico's Zetas to release one of its kidnapped members, putting the drug cartel in what could prove a highly vulnerable position.