11:23 AM, April 11th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, April 11th

  1. North Korea Begins Fueling RocketNorth Korea could launch its rocket tomorrow, despite international objections and warnings. The hermit state said it is injecting fuel into its long-range rocket “as we speak,” meaning there is one more stage before it is ready to launch. 
  2. Foster Friess Goes to Romney: With Rick Santorum out, Foster Friess, the retired investor who spent almost $1.7 million on Santorum’s campaign, is getting behind Mitt Romney. “I’ve got some plans as to how I might be able to be of help,” said Friess.
  3. Massive Quake Strikes off Indonesia: An 8.6-magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, in the northwest, prompting tsunami warnings throughout the Indian Ocean, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and others. Within a few hours, the tsunami warning for most of the Indian Ocean had been lifted.
  4. Lenders Get Back Into Subprime CreditFirst the banks won’t lend, now they’re back to lending to risky borrowers. As banks look to make up for fee income barred by new regulations, they’ve gone back to offering loans and credit cards to borrowers with bad credit. Credit-card companies gave out 1.1 million new cards to borrowers with bad credit in December, up 12.3 percent from the month before.
  5. U.N.: Syria Will Respect Ceasefire: It’s hard to imagine what assurances Bashar al-Assad could give at this point, but United Nations envoy Kofi Annan says he’s received “further clarifications” from the Syrian leader and that he plans to abide by the peace plan. So far, Assad has responded to the peace plan by increasing attacks on the opposition, reportedly killing at least 100 people yesterday

Photo: North Koreans attend the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of Kim Jong-il. (Bobby Yip, Reuters / Landov) 

12:23 PM, March 23rd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 23rd

  1. Obama Taps New World Bank Chief: President Obama is set to nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, senior administration officials have confirmed to the Associated Press. Officials are hopeful that the nomination of Kim, a doctor and former director of the HIV/Aids department at the World Health Organization, will quell criticism from developing countries who are wary of the U.S. “monopoly” on the World Bank presidency.
  2. French P.M. Defends Security FailuresFrench Prime Minister François Fillon said Friday that there had been no grounds to detain Mohamed Merah prior to last week, when he is suspected of killing seven people in three separate attacks.
  3. Obama: Trayvon Investigation Needed: President Obama announced his new pick for the head of the World Bank on Thursday and then turned his focus to the investigation of Trayvon Martin’s death. “I can only imagine what these parents were going through. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he said of the 17-year-old boy who was shot by a neighborhood watchman.
  4. U.S. to Keep Terrorism Data Longer: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved guidelines on Thursday that would allow counterterrorism officials to keep data on uncharged U.S. citizens for up to five years if they are suspected of being terrorists. The previous limit had been 180 days. 
  5. Bales to Be Charged With 17 Murders: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, a Defense Department official told NBC News on Thursday. The official charges are expected to be released Friday. Bales is accused of shooting and killing 17 Afghan civilians, including nine children, on March 11.

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Photo: Students in Makassar, Indonesia burn tires during a protest against the government’s plans to raise fuel prices near a fuel station in Makassar. The government has planned to raise fuel prices by at least a third to ease state coffers pressured by high oil costs, even though that may push up inflation. (Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters)

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