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A Well-Deserved Defeat for the Religious Right

I was glad to see the Senate defeat the Blunt amendment today, rejecting an attempt by religious conservatives to weaken the separation of church and state. The amendment, sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt, the Missouri Republican, would have allowed any employer – not just churches or church-affiliated organizations – to deny insurance coverage based on religious or moral objections. The ...

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Midwest facing possibility of more tornadoes

As clean-up from deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and South continued Thursday, a second storm system that could generate more twisters in the same hard-hit areas is predicted to hit overnight. According to the latest projections by the National Weather Service, more storms are expected to move into the region, including southern Illinois, beginning after midnight Thursday and continuing through ...

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UN demands Syria allow in humanitarian chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is deploring the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and calling on authorities there to grant U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos “unhindered access.” The press statement, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was the first statement on Syria approved by the council in seven months. It is significant because it requires agreement ...

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Annan heading to New York for talks on Syria

GENEVA – Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, said he would hold talks in New York from Wednesday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and member states on Syria. Russia, which along with China blocked a Security Council resolution that would have supported an Arab League call for…

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Apple Blows Past $500 Billion — And It’s Not Silly To Think It’s Headed For $1 Trillion

Apple (AAPL) crossed an amazing milestone in after-market trading yesterday, when its market capitalization exceeded $500 billion for the first time. Apple is one of the only one of four companies in history to break this mark, and unlike others that have briefly traded in this neighborhood–Microsoft (MSFT) and Cisco (CSCO) –Apple has the potential to not only sustain this ...

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UN humanitarian aid chief denied entry into Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos said on Wednesday she was “deeply disappointed” that Syria has refused to allow her to the visit the country, where she had hoped to assess the need for emergency relief in besieged towns. Amos said in a statement that the refusal came “despite my repeated requests to meet Syrian officials ...

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North Korea agrees to stop nuclear tests

The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea has agreed to halt its nuclear programme and allow back UN inspectors, in a surprise breakthrough soon after the communist state’s veteran leader died. North Koreaan leader kim jong-un and President Barack Obama Photo: REUTERS / AFP tag –> 2:55PM GMT 29 Feb 2012 Comments Welcoming the progress, President Barack Obama’s ...

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US: North Korea to suspend nuclear activities

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear activities and accept a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, in a breakthrough in negotiations with the secretive communist nation. The announcement comes little more than two months after the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il, and suggests North Korea has met the…

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Koran Burning in Afghanistan Prompts 3 Parallel Inquiries

KABUL, Afghanistan — Three major investigations were under way on Wednesday into the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base by the American military last week, the event that plunged Afghanistan into days of deadly protests claiming as many as 30 Afghan lives and coinciding with the shooting deaths of four American soldiers. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for ...

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