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Mar 27th 2009

BBC headlines reports" Banned Dutch MP held at Heathrow -A Dutch MP who called the Koran a "fascist book" is to be sent back to the Netherlands after attempting to defy a ban on entering the UK.

Mar 25th 2009

Today (Editor's note: March 16) is the sixth anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, she was run over by an armor-plated Caterpillar bulldozer, a machine sold by the U.S.

Mar 24th 2009

"And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate to prefer the later."

Mar 23rd 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Iran's presidential race just got more interesting, with former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Mousavi throwing his hat in the ring and former President Mohammad Khatami withdrawing his.

Mar 21st 2009

High-handed treatment of depositors by big banks has guaranteed them a disastrous showing in any popularity poll-down below dentists and journalists. The global financial crisis has done nothing to help their score.

Mar 20th 2009

LONDON - I was in Jordan, that beautiful oasis of calm and moderation in a difficult and dangerous neighborhood, when I first heard the news about the murder of two British soldiers and a Catholic policeman by dissident republican terrorists in Northern Ireland.

Mar 19th 2009

In his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that although America invented solar energy technology, we have fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it. He is right of course.

Mar 17th 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The decision of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami not to seek the presidency again has revealed how muddled Iranian presidential politics now is.

Mar 16th 2009

When reports spread that insurance giant AIG would give top executives huge bonuses after a $170 billion taxpayer bailout, you could feel the anger rumbling in Middle America like boiling magma before the eruption of a volcano.

Mar 14th 2009

NEW DELHI - With the world's most developed economies reeling under the incubus of what is already being called the Great Recession, India at the beginning of the year took stock and issued a revised estimate for GDP growth in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

Mar 13th 2009

NEW HAVEN - On April 2, the G-20 will hold a summit in London to discuss what we may hope will be an internationally coordinated plan to address the world economic crisis. But can such a plan really work?

Mar 13th 2009

"The Obama administration must remain unequivocal in its pursuit of the two-state solution" 

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Mar 12th 2009

The laughs grate, the performances seem grotesque.

Mar 11th 2009

BEIRUT - On February 24, violent confrontations between Shia pilgrims and the Saudi religious police and security forces occurred at the entrance to the Prophet Mohamed's Mosque in Medina.

Mar 10th 2009

The film "Fitna" by Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders has created an uproar around the world because it links violence committed by Islamists to Islam.

Mar 9th 2009

BRUSSELS - There is no shortage of analyses of what went wrong in the world's capital markets over the past 18 months.

Mar 7th 2009

The way we view banks is conditioned by their key role in keeping the economic wheels turning. The unwillingness of banks to lend seems to go against the natural order, as if teachers were to stay at home on a school day.

Mar 7th 2009

BORDEAUX - In a new best-selling book, French media consultant and author Alain Minc says he can see the day in the near future when all Nobel Prizes will go to Asian scientists and writers.

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