U.S. officials are downplaying any imminent threat to the United States of a North Korean missile strike or confrontation between the two countries at sea. The U.S
President Barack Obama knows how to avoid a fight and still do what he thinks is right. The media and conservative activists might be spoiling for a Supreme Court nomination battle, but the choice of Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill a high court vacancy is a classic Obama decision that makes the chances of political smooth sailing a near lock.
Venezuela has blasted Peru’s granting of political asylum to a Venezuelan politician wanted on corruption charges. “Despite the amount of evidence, the Peruvian government decided to grant Manuel Rosales political asylum,” Venezuela’s government said in a statement Monday. “It’s a decision that thwarts international law, inflicts a blow to the fight against corruption and is an affront to the people of Venezuela.” Asylum was granted to Rosales — the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela — on humanitarian grounds, Peru’s foreign minister said earlier Monday
A major United Nations anti-racism conference was thrown into further disarray Sunday when more countries joined a U.S. boycott. Australia and the Netherlands were the latest to pull out of next week’s meeting in Geneva, amid a growing dispute over a document said to single out Israel for its racism.
A Zimbabwe Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that the state can further appeal a decision that would release a top opposition politician on bail. Judge Paddington Garwe said the state can appeal a high court decision to grant $2,000 bail to Roy Bennett, the opposition’s choice to be deputy agriculture minister in the new power-sharing government