Chavez Still in Charge

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The Venezuelan strongman’s health is as mysterious as ever.

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Saudi religious police launch Valentine’s Day crackdown – AP

The Saudi religious police launched Thursday a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or in any other way allude to the banned celebrations of Valentine’s Day, a Saudi official said. Members of the feared religious police were inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners […]

Saudi Arabia wants Taliban to expel bin Laden – AP

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia will not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban stops providing shelter and severs all ties with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida movement, officials said Tuesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting Saudi Arabia hoping for an active Saudi role in his plan to persuade Taliban […]

Conn. Sen. Chris Dodd to retire? – AP

Democratic officials tell The Associated Press that Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd won’t seek re-election this fall. The five-term Democrat is expected to make an announcement Wednesday. The officials who disclosed his plans would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement. Dodd is facing troubling poll numbers and his popularity has dropped since […]

Failed Xmas attack raises new security concerns – AP

U.S. counterterrorism officials are scrambling to assess a potential new threat from an explosive mixture that evaded detection aboard a Detroit-bound airliner but failed to bring down the plane. Multiple law enforcement officials said the suspected attacker — identified as a Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab — claimed to have acted on instructions […]