11:21 AM, June 20th, 2013

Front Page - June 20, 2013

1. New Virus More Deadly Than SARS: A new virus distantly related to SARS is shaping up to be more deadly and spread even more quickly than the one that caused a global outbreak in 2003, killing 800 people.

2. $7B Afghan War Gear Scrapped: Working to meet a tight withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan, the U.S. military is destroying massive amounts of its own equipment that is too expensive to bring home.

3. U.S. Tries to Salvage Taliban Talks: The U.S. is desperately working to salvage a plan to open negotiations on Afghanistan’s security after a meeting with the Taliban offended Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who now won’t answer phone calls from Secretary of State John Kerry.

4. Four Convicted in Gay Attack: Two men and two women were convicted in Kentucky on Wednesday for kidnapping and assaulting a gay relative

5. Son Found Gandolfini in ‘Distress: His teenage son, Michael, found the 51-year-old Sopranos’ actor in distress in the hotel bathroom in Rome where they were vacationing late Wednesday night and called the front desk for help, according to officials. 

Photo: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
: Spectators look on as an acrobat rides his motorcycle around a circular track at an entertainment park. By Muhammed Muheisen/AP. 

3:13 PM, October 16th, 2012


Angelina Jolie just published a piece on The Daily Beast about Malala Yousafzai,  the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who the Taliban shot in the head for publicly promoting girls’ education (she survived—but is in stable condition from her wounds):

As girls across Pakistan stand up to say “I am Malala,” they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education. Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.

Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch. As the Nobel Committee meets to determine the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration.

Read the full piece by Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala. (The above is just an excerpt.)

More of our coverage on Malala’s story

Reblogged from Newsweek
6:21 PM, July 31st, 2012

Inside the house, in a marble room with a shiny new lift that wouldn’t look out of place in a Manhattan hotel, a man in a long gown greets me like a long-lost daughter. At six feet tall, he towers a good seven inches above me. I feel my limbs wobble—his reputation is nearly as fearsome as his bushy moustache. He is General Abdurashid Dostum, Afghanistan’s most powerful warlord, head of the Uzbek tribe, unofficial ruler of the north, and, as the government’s chief of staff, commander of an army of over 25,000 men.

It is only when I tell myself I have nothing to fear that I remember the rumors that make your stomach turn and heart pound, such as the one about how, at Dostum’s command, women had been raped and their breasts cut off before they were killed during the siege of Kabul in 1991. Or the one that told how Dostum ordered 2,000 Taliban prisoners to be asphyxiated in metal shipping containers and left to rot in the desert a few years earlier. Or how he treated his prisoners—tying them to the muzzles of cannons before firing them into the air. Naturally, the General has always denied such stories.

This general tells Magsie Hamilton Little that the Taliban could be defeated in less than year. Read on.
10:20 AM, June 22nd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, June 22nd

1. 20 Dead in Taliban Attack: Taliban militants stormed the popular resort destination of Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday, killing at least 20 civilians while all seven of the gunmen, a police officer, and three private guards were shot dead.

2. Mexican Kingpin’s Son Captured: Mexican Marines said they have captured one of the sons of Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

3. Sandusky Deliberations Enter Day 2: Jurors continue deliberations Friday in the sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa.

4. Two Service Outrages Rock Twitter: It was a rough day for Twitter, which had not one but two service outages within a few hours of each other. The service first went down between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday morning.

5. LeBron James Gets First NBA Ring: LeBron James won his first NBA championship at the age of 27 when the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night 121-106 in one of the most lopsided Game 5 of victories in basketball history.

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Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka wins the top award at Intel ISEF 2012 for his creation of a new, non-invasive method to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer.

12:04 PM, April 18th, 2012
The assault on the prison began around 1:30 a.m. Firing their AK-47s, launching RPGs and throwing hand grenades, the fighters blasted open the main gate and headed straight for six of the facility’s barracks, encountering little or no resistance from the 30 or so guards on duty. As one of the escapees later told The Daily Beast, the gunmen shot off the locks of the cells, shouting “Adnan Rashid! Where are you?”
This past weekend the Pakistani Taliban executed a brazen jailbreak. Some are suspecting it to be an inside job— even the militants say they’re surprised how easy it was. 
10:13 AM, April 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Apr 18th

  1. Burma’s Suu Kyi to Go Abroad: Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Norway and the U.K. this summer, her first trip out of the country in 24 years. She spent almost 20 years under house arrest in Burma, and refused to leave the country lest the military government refuse to let her back in. 
  2. Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal: Facebook’s purchase of Instagram for $1 billion took everyone by surprise—including Facebook’s board. Mark Zuckerberg told his board the day before the deal was publicly announced that they were buying the photo-sharing app. He’d worked out the deal himself, in three days of negotiations with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in Zuckerberg’s home. 
  3. U.S. Soldiers Posed with Taliban Bodies: A soldier from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division has released photographs showing soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan suicide bombers. He told the Los Angeles Times he released the photos in order to bring attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The photos show soldiers holding limbs and smiling after being sent to recover the remains of a suicide bomber. 
  4. Obama, Romney in Dead HeatA new CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat, with each receiving 46 percent of registered voters. 
  5. GOP Chooses Kelly for Giffords’s SeatRepublicans chose Jesse Kelly to go against Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber in what will likely be a closely contested special election for the congresswoman’s vacated seat. Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite, lost to Giffords by only 4,000 votes in 2010.

Photo: Photographer Jon Lowenstein, who recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, has spent a decade documenting the neighborhoods and the lives of the people living on the South Side. On assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, he photographed the neighborhoods of Englewood and Little Village, among others, to look at the rise in violence and the impact it is having on the people there. View more photos. (Jon Lowenstein / NOOR for the Daily Beast)

3:20 PM, April 17th, 2012
This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone’ burglars.

Taliban commander turns self in… for reward on “wanted” poster

(h/t @GrahamDavidA)

11:39 AM, March 15th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 15th

  1. Dems Demand Domestic Abuse LawThe battle over President Obama’s contraception mandate is just winding down, but Congress looks set to divide along party and gender lines once again. This time the issue is the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation would extend grant programs to law enforcement and shelters for battered women, expanding free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.
  2. Taliban Quits Peace TalksIn a blow to a nascent peace process, the Afghan Taliban announced on Thursday that they would be suspending their negotiations with the United States. The group cited Washington’s “alternating and ever changing position.” It’s not clear whether the pullout is related to the shooting of Afghan civilians on Sunday or the recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base. 
  3. Romney Dismisses Split Convention: Mitt Romney refuses to believe that the GOP primary contest will end without a presidential nominee. “We’re not going to go to a brokered convention,” he said on Fox News Thursday. “The states that remain will vote for that person, and that person will get the delegates, become the nominee.” 
  4. Syria Loyalists Mark Protest Anniversary: Bashar al Assad is marking what he is calling the anniversary of a “year-old conspiracy” against the country by sending thousands of regime supporters into the streets of Damascus. Meanwhile, tanks invaded the city of Daraa, where the protests first began, and shelling continued in Homs for a sixth straight day.
  5. Blagojevich Bids FarewellIn his final speech before heading to prison, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said that he’s going to “follow the law.” Blago heads to Colorado to begin a 14-year sentence.

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Photo: Samantha Cameron, First Lady Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Barack Obama pose for a photo at White House state dinner. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images). More photos from the dinner

10:55 AM, March 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 9th

  1. Syria Opposition Rejects Talks: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group on Friday rejected the idea of holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, saying it was pointless to speak to a regime that massacres its own people. 
  2. February Adds 227K Jobs: Another good jobs report. The U.S. economy added 227,000 new nonfarm jobs in February, better than expectations, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the much-anticipated jobs data for the second month of the 2012 election year. 
  3. Israeli Ex-Spy Chief: Don’t StrikeEven the former head of Israel’s intelligence service doesn’t think a military strike on Iran is smart right now. Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said now isn’t the time to attack Iran over its nuclear program, and came to the defense of the country that’s often seen as the enemy of Israel.
  4. Taliban: Release bin Laden Wives: The Taliban on Friday pledged to attack the Pakistani government, police, and military officials if three of Osama bin Laden’s widows are not released from custody. 
  5. U.S. Agrees to Afghan Prisoners SwapThe United States has agreed to hand over some 3,200 detainees—most of them suspected Taliban insurgents—to the Afghan government Friday in a much faster transfer than previously expected. 

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Video: Angelina Jolie tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi at Women in the World Summit

10:25 AM, February 16th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Feb 16th

  1. Congress Reaches Deal on Payroll TaxCongressional negotiators reached a deal on a $150 billion plan that will extend a payroll tax holiday for 10 months and unemployment benefits through the end of the year. 
  2. Karzai: Talks With Taliban Have Begun: “There have been contacts between the U.S. government and the Taliban, there have been contacts between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.
  3. U.N. to Hold Symbolic Syria Vote: A day after the Syrian president promised reform, his troops launched an attack on the cities of Deraa, Hama, injuring an estimated 50 people. The U.N. General Assembly will vote Thursday on the symbolic resolution condeming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown. 
  4. Santorum Releases Tax Documents: He’s no Mitt Romney when it comes to income, but presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been doing OK lately. The former senator from Pennsylvania released four years—more than any other candidate—of tax returns, covering 2007 to 2010. 
  5. OK Senate Passes Personhood Act: Oklahoma legislators moved a step closer to in their attempted to outlaw abortion on Wednesday as the state Senate passed the Personhood Act, 34-8. The bill now moves to the House where pro-life Republicans outnumber democrats two-to-one. 

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Photo: Backstage at Marchesa Fall/Winter 2012 by Kevin Tachman. Our article and more photos from the show.

11:56 AM, January 3rd, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Jan. 3

  1. Panetta Set to Slash Pentagon Budget: The Defense Secretary plans to unveil a shrunken budget this week, part of a deal to cut $450 bil from military spending. 
  2. Newt: Romney’s a Big Liar: There goes the “no negative campaigning.” Gingrich is in 4th place in the latest Iowa polls. 
  3. Taliban Confirms Qatar Peace Talks: The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced that it plans to open a political office in Qatar in order to hold talks with the U.S.
  4. Murdoch Supports Santorum on Twitter: After a few mistakes on the microblogging site, Murdoch successfully used his account to support Rick Santorum on Monday night,  saying it was “good to see santorum surging in Iowa.” 
  5. Arab League Calls for Syria Ceasefire“Gunfire should be stopped and there are snipers,” said Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab League.

Photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return from Christmas vacation in Hawaii with their daughters Sasha (2nd L) and Malia (R). (Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images) 

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10:33 AM, December 30th, 2011

Frontpage: Friday, Dec. 30

  1. 250K Rally in Syria: An estimated 250,000 people protested across Syria on Friday against President Bashar al-Assad. Reports indicate that five people were killed when the government’s security forces shot at a crowd.  
  2. Romney: Obama’s Like Marie Antoinette: Obama’s characterization of the economy as “It could be worse” reminded the GOP candidate of Marie Antoinette’s famous line: “Let them eat cake.” 
  3. U.S. May Transfer Taliban Prisoner: In an effort to further a peace deal with the Afghan government, the Obama administration is considering transferring one Mohammed Fazi, a senior Taliban official, to Afghan custody. 
  4. North Korea Vows No Change: In the equivalent of telling the world community to talk to the hand, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un said there’d be no changes to domestic or foreign policy.
  5. Romney Neck and Neck with Paul: New polls provide more evidence that Iowa is a two-man race, and that the Gingrich surge is over.

Photo: Dhampus, Nepal: A woman from the indigenous Gurung community combs her hair on her balcony as she prepares to attend a traditional New Year ceremony. Mt. Machapuchre is seen in the background. (Narendra Shrestha, EPA / Landov)

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    10:34 AM, December 8th, 2011
    One night in late August or early September, 25-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, jumped from a first-floor window of the mud-brick house in Pakistan in which he had been imprisoned and headed into the nearby underbrush and forested mountains…
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is believed to be the only American soldier held in captivity by the Taliban—and about three months ago he made a daring break for freedom—but was quickly recaptured. 
    9:34 AM, April 25th, 2011
    More than 450 prisoners have escaped from the main prison in Kandahar City after Taliban militants dug a tunnel into the compound. The Taliban dug the 1,000-foot long tunnel over five months. The majority of the escapees are Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders.
    So incredible.

    (Source: Yahoo!)

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