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White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.”... Read more»

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Afghanistan

Afghan 'Battle of Marjah' might not live up to hype

Operation Moshtarak, or the Battle of Marjah, has been billed as the decisive operation of the Afghan war — think Stalingrad or the Battle of the Bulge. But after three days of listless fighting, the few dusty square meters in the middle of Helmand may not live up to the hype.... Read more»

Mercado Sonora

In hard times, Mexican 'witchcraft market' sells good fortune

As the country remains stuck in the economic downturn, more and more Mexicans are turning to unorthodox remedies for their money woes. Feeling abandoned and disillusioned, they look to magic powders, potions, soaps and lotions for a helping hand in life.... Read more»

Urban life

Living near highway hazardous to your heart

People who live near highways experience hardening of the arteries at twice the rate of those who live farther away, according to a new study.... Read more»

Comic: The Governor's Little Green Men

NY Governor Paterson: 'Somebody is after me!'

The New York Times is rumored to be working on a story that will force New York Governor David Paterson from office. The Governor says someone's out to get him.... Read more»

Cheney backs repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it's time to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy referring to gays openly serving in the military.... Read more»2

President: Bring 'comprehensive' ideas to health summit

President Obama has told lawmakers to bring "comprehensive" ideas to a health care summit set for Feb. 25.... Read more»

German politics

Germany: How to fight neo-Nazis?

The government of the state of Bavaria has said it will soon request that Germany's highest courts ban the country's largest far-right party, the National Democratic Party, for subverting the tenets of the national constitution.... Read more»

Making Rio's Carnaval floats

Workers are putting the final touches on five floats that tell the story of Rio de Janeiro’s oldest samba school, Estacio de Sa. The samba schools — organizations with loyal followings often based in poor neighborhoods — are at the heart of Rio's Carnaval.... Read more»

Comic: Recall

Toyota CEO expresses (some) regret

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologizes (a little bit) for his company's product quality problems... Read more»

Health care

Polls: People like their health insurance, still want reform

Two polls show a majority of Americans are happy with their health insurance, yet believe the system needs to be changed. ... Read more»

Dalai Lama blackballed from Thailand

In the age of growing Chinese influence, there's a simple measure of a country's willingness to test China's wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama's passport?... Read more»

Republicans send out 'Census' form that's really a fundraiser

An editor at ProPublica received a "Census" form in the mail last week. In big, bold letters at the top it announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS." But it's not from the Census Bureau. It's actually a survey from the Republican National Committee.... Read more»

Inside Somalia

Under fire in Mogadishu

Mogadishu was hit by the worst fighting in months on Jan. 29 as the insurgents marked the anniversary of the Somali president’s first year in power with a series of violent attacks that elicited an equally deadly response.... Read more»

Are US-EU relations on the rocks?

It's not the best of times; it's not the worst of times. But it's surely not the kind of times Brussels and Washington anticipated when Barack Obama took over the White House.... Read more»

Comic: Medical wonders

The Clinton Reflex

Doctors performing a heart procedure on former President Bill Clinton observed a phenomenon they are calling "the Clinton Reflex".... Read more»

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