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Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption Ban

Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption Ban

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A blind Russian teenager’s withering, at times sarcastic, criticism of the country’s new ban on adoptions to the United States has garnered a lot of attention in Russian media, and even from the Kremli…

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan arrived at the Pentagon Thursday for the first in a series of discussions with senior American leaders about the future of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after American …

Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across US/Mexico Border with Cannon

Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across US/Mexico Border with Cannon

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(YUMA, Ariz.) — Drug smugglers continue to show creativity in inventing new ways of getting drugs across the U.S. border from Mexico.Border Patrol agents say they believe a pneumatic cannon was used to launch dozens of containers…

US Intelligence: China Economy to Surpass US by 2030

US Intelligence: China Economy to Surpass US by 2030

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A report on global trends prepared by the U.S. intelligence community notes that by 2030 China is likely to have surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report suggests the United Stat…

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over Drones

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over Drones

Erik Simonsen/Getty(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran is not backing down from its claim that it captured a U.S.-made drone over its airspace recently.In fact, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi went as far to say on Wednesday that Tehran will move ahead wi…

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — As news reports emerged Tuesday of a ceasefire or truce to end the crisis in Gaza, American officials made it a point not to use either of those terms.Instead, U.S. officials were talking about &ldqu…

Fat Shaming of Middle America: Americans Too Big for Zara Clothes

Fat Shaming of Middle America: Americans Too Big for Zara Clothes

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Spanish fashion chain Zara, now the world’s largest retailer, is being accused of missing a “huge opportunity” in the United States by refusing to offer plus-size clothing to women.Zara has beaten out major retailers lik…

White House to Review Online Secession Petitions

White House to Review Online Secession Petitions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Living up to its crowdsourcing promise, the White House says it will review online petitions from states that say they want to secede from the United States.In the days since President Obama was re-elected, visitor…

Iran Confirms Firing at US Drone

Iran Confirms Firing at US Drone

Erik Simonsen/Getty(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran has confirmed that it used warplanes to fire at a U.S. drone over a week ago. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Friday that the country’s armed forces took “smart and firm” action when an unidentified …

Iranian Fighter Jets Fire on US Predator Drone

Iranian Fighter Jets Fire on US Predator Drone

File photo. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon disclosed Thursday that an unarmed U.S. military Predator surveillance drone was fired at by Iranian military jets last week in international airspace over t…

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed…

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed…

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,…

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,…

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Superstorm Sandy has given rise to suspensions in campaigning by both President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney, but could it actually delay Election Day?In theory, yes, but in all likelihood, no.The Constituti…

US Boycotts Iranian President’s United Nations Speech

US Boycotts Iranian President’s United Nations Speech

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — The United States delegation to the United Nations boycotted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the U.N General Assembly on Wednesday to protest the anti-Israel views Ahmadinejad has perpetuated this week…

US Beefs Up Presence Closer to Iran’s Shores

US Beefs Up Presence Closer to Iran’s Shores

Hmera/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Nearly 50 miles from Iran sails the nuclear-powered USS Eisenhower — never before has the U.S. flexed so much muscle so close to the Muslim nation.The move is a blunt warning to Iran: Don’t follow through on a t…

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(TOKYO) — U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to put a second advanced missile defense system in Japan aimed at protecting the country from the threat of a missile attack from North Korea, Defense Secret…

Anti-US Protests Spread to More Than a Dozen Countries

Anti-US Protests Spread to More Than a Dozen Countries

Jordan Pix/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A wave of anti-American protests broke out in more than a dozen countries Friday with some of the worst violence occurring in Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan.Three people were killed — two in Tunisia and one in Egypt -…

Iraq and US at Odds over Iranian Flights

Iraq and US at Odds over Iranian Flights

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials were angry today over reports that Iraq is allowing Iran to use its airspace to supply the embattled Syrian regime with military equipment, but Iraq demanded evidence to back up the American accusati…

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