Tag: Middle East

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National

Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WW2 veteran

Richard Overton the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a Veterans Day ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, commemorating Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Stacy A. AndersonAssociated Press Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to those who have served in the nation’s military, including one of the nation’s oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.

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International

Arafat’s mysterious death becomes a whodunit

In this May 31, 2002 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File) by John HeilprinAssociated Press Writer RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Yasser Arafat’s mysterious 2004 death turned into a whodunit Thursday after Swiss scientists who examined his remains said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium.

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International

Dutch push back against “Black Pete” criticism

In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo a child dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, right, watches a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The mushrooming popularity of the “Pete-ition” page reflects the depth of emotional attachment most Dutch people — 90 percent of whom have European ancestry — feel to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.