Kim Comes Clean on Rocket Failure, but Can North Korea Handle the Truth?

After North Korea announced that it planned to launch a satellite in mid-April to mark the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, it was inevitable that it would go ahead, despite the international pressure to refrain. Likewise, it was probable that once North Korea launched the Unha-3 rocket, something would go wrong. The hermit kingdom’s previous […]

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Secret Service Misconduct in Colombia Embarrasses U.S. at Summit

What a hangover. Accusations of misconduct among U.S. security personnel in Colombia keep flooding in, casting a shadow over President Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas conference in Cartagena and embarrassing a proud U.S. agency. Reports emerged Friday evening that around a dozen Secret Service members were relieved of duty in Colombia after allegedly bringing prostitutes to Hotel […]

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U.S. Ramps up Aid to Syrian Opposition

President Barack Obama has ramped up U.S. aid, including communications equipment and medical supplies, to Syria’s opposition in hopes of accelerating the downfall of President Bashar Assad, officials said Friday. The president signed off on the package last week, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. They declined to outline all forms of […]

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The Crisis in the Sudans: The Urgency of U.S.-China Cooperation

The nexus of oil, war and humanitarian catastrophe is an opportunity for the powers involved (increasingly Beijing) to come together to press for a solution On the surface, our recent trip to the rebel-held areas of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains hauntingly echoed earlier visits to Darfur and South Sudan. A huge group of people—targeted by their government in Khartoum because of […]

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Consumer Prices Pushed Up by Food, Gas

U.S. consumers paid more last month for food and gas. But outside those volatile categories inflation was mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s slower than February’s 0.4 percent rise. Gas prices increased at a slower pace than the previous month. Excluding food and gas, so-called “core” prices increased 0.2 percent […]

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And justice for all?: Debating the Zimmerman arrest and race in America

Protesters and activists demanding justice for slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin are no closer to closure, even with the news that second-degree murder charges were filed against shooter George Zimmerman. The charges were the latest development in a heated national debate over race and justice in America. The debate on CNN iReport mirrored a national outcry, which saw thousands taking […]

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A tenuous truce holds but Syria lacking full compliance of peace plan

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria Thursday after a tenuous truce took effect and cast an eerie calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces. “Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground,” said Kofi Annan, the special envoy who brokered Syria’s peace plan. “This is bringing much-needed relief and hope […]

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