Two terrorism cases now winding their way through the federal court system have links to Pakistan: One involves a Chicago businessman who stands accused of helping plot the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India. The other case is in Miami, where two local imams and several family members were charged with allegedly providing money and support to the Pakistani Taliban. Both cases come at a time when the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is under intense scrutiny.
John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the first American emissary to visit Pakistan since the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He is known to be a friend of Pakistan, and what he is told by Pakistani army and civilian leaders could be key to American policy going forward. Kerry arrived late Sunday and went quickly to see army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, handing him the list of U.S. demands.
It was early afternoon on a sunny Saturday. We were stuck in the car in heavy traffic. All three of us were bored and restless. All snacks had already been consumed and endless rounds of 20 Questions had already been played. We'd forgotten our iPods and our phones were running low on batteries. We were nowhere close to our destination.
The arrest of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has sent shockwaves through Europe as it continues to deal with the euro debt crisis.
Strauss-Kahn was supposed to be in Brussels on Monday for an important meeting to discuss a possible further 60 billion euro bailout for Greece. He strongly supported policies that would help Greece avoid restructuring its massive public debt.
Banjo master Bela Fleck returns to Mountain Stage for an intricate, conversational performance with friends Edgar Meyer on double bass and Zakir Hussain on Indian tabla. Moving between the realms of bluegrass, classical and world music, Fleck, Meyer and Hussain are widely considered to be the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments.
For more than 50 years, scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute have been listening for communications from far off planets. Now, funds are proving just as elusive as alien signals.
Jill Tarter, the director of SETI's research division in Mountain View, Calif., has spent more than 40 years looking to the stars. Tartar served as the model for Ellie Arroway, a character (played by actress Jodie Foster) in the movie Contact who picks up the unmistakable signature of extraterrestrial intelligence over her headphones.
A judge has ordered that Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the Chief of the International Monetary Fund, be held without bail "at least until his next court hearing for attempted rape and other charges," The Associated Press reports from New York City.
As we reported earlier, Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in Manhattan over the weekend.
Donald Trump's flirtation with running for president apparently came to a halt today as he announced during the NBC upfront presentations (where the network presents its fall schedule) that he would not be running. And, of course, he can therefore continue to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice — whew!