To read Harry Belafonte's new memoir, My Song, is to discover a man who has packed enough life for 10 people into 84 years. There's the smash hit from 1956, "Banana Boat Song." There's a film career that made great use of his matinee-idol looks. And then there's Harry Belafonte the activist.
In the 1960s, he was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr.'s. By the '80s, he was helping organize "We Are the World," the anthem for famine relief in Africa.
The parliament in Malta passed a controversial measure to expand Europe's bailout fund late on Monday. But to many young people in the tiny Mediterranean island nation, the question was never really in doubt. Despite all its economic problems, they see their future in the eurozone.
It was quite the scene at a Kiev court this afternoon: While a Ukranian judge handed a 7-year jail sentence to country's former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, she turned to reporters and started talking.
As the AP reports, Tymoshenko called the trial a "lynching" and accused the current president Viktor Yanukovych of instigating it:
For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith last appeared together in early August at the Fancy Farm picnic. Beshear has drawn criticism for refusing to attend debates and forums with his opponents. And the three will have only two full-fledged debates before election day. The first is tonight in Richmond, Kentucky. The second will be on the 31st on KET. The Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring the event.
<p>The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, speaks to the press in Annapolis, Md., in 2007. The U.S. government said Tuesday that elements in the Iranian military plotted to kill the ambassador.</p>
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The Justice Department said Tuesday it had foiled a plot directed by elements in the Iranian government who sought to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder said two men, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, have been accused in connection with the alleged plot. Authorities said they had planned a bombing to kill the Saudi ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir.
More and more bikers are likely to make their way across Kentucky’s landscape in the years ahead. It’s an issue which is foremost on the minds of the state’s Bike and Bikeway Commission. The group’s annual meeting is coming up later this fall in Lexington. State transportation engineering branch manager, Lynn Soporowski says each new stretch of pavement receives cycling attention.
An early morning fire at Winchester's Brown Proctor apartments was traced to a stove burner that was left on in an apartment kitchen. Winchester Fire-EMS Maj. Greg Beam said the fire started in the kitchen of an apartment where a burner ignited some papers that were lying on the counter.
Bruce Olin, center, who works at Kentucky State Police headquarters in Frankfort, received the KSP Employee of the Year Award from Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown, left, and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, right.
Kentucky State Police named Frankfort worker Bruce Olin “Civilian Employee of the Year” Monday in a ceremony at Capital Plaza Hotel. Olin, who was a state trooper for 33 years, now works as a program coordinator in public affairs at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. He also serves as state coordinator for the D.A.R.E. program.