Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. on Monday (Sept. 19, 2011).
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As President Obama and other world leaders gather in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session, one of the hottest issues is President Mahmoud Abbas' request to make Palestine a member of the U.N.
He's making that push over "heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto" in the Security Council, The Associated Press notes.
For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.
A gay member of the U.S. Air Force who wishes not to be identified reads a copy of the new magazine <em>OutServe</em> intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender U.S. military members earlier this month.
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The law that for almost 18 years has banned openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces will be officially repealed Tuesday, nine months after Congress voted to end the Clinton-era edict.
President Obama signed the repeal into law last December, but its provisions required time for the Pentagon to prepare for the policy change, and for top military officials to "certify" the law's end.
S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."
Dozens of anti-government protesters have died in Yemen over the last two days, when loyalist security forces opened fire on the main square in the capital, Sanaa. It has been one of the most violent periods in Yemen's nine-month uprising — which has otherwise been largely peaceful. Les Campbell, who runs the Middle East and North Africa programs at the National Democratic Institute, talks to Steve Inskeep about the political wrangling over the future of the country.
President Obama's call for $1.5 trillion in tax hikes to reduce the deficit puts him on a collision course with congressional Republicans. Some of Democratic supporters may welcome Obama's newly combative negotiating style, but deficit watchdogs warn his plan falls short in key areas.
British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is investing more than $500 million in a new British plant to build fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines. And the company's Indian owner Tata Motors says it plans to pour more than $2 billion a year into Jaguar Land Rover over the next five years.
As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.