When Rimsha Masih was accused of burning pages from the Quran and arrested, the case drew international attention because the evidence against her was scant and she is said to be "mentally impaired." Today, a court threw out the charge. Her accuser awaits trial for allegedly planting evidence.
Efforts to end the fighting are intensifying. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lands in the region today. More than 100 deaths have been reported in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Three Israelis have been killed.
President Obama is winging his way home from Asia Tuesday. The White House insists domestic budget concerns won't affect U.S. investment in Asia, which was the point of the president's three-nation tour this week. But some in the region are not so sure.
As diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas intensify, analysts say Hamas appears to be in a stronger position than ever before. Diplomatically, it has received enthusiastic support from Egypt and other Arab neighbors. And, the conflict has helped to strengthen Hamas domestic political position.
Lana Peters, who died last year, defected to the U.S. in 1967. The Associated Press, citing newly declassified documents, says the FBI was trying to gauge how the former Svetlana Alliluyeva's defection was affecting international relations.
Tens of thousands of people have fled the city of Goma in eastern Congo, after an attack by militants who the Democratic Republic of Congo says are supported by Rwanda. The renewed fighting is the worst in recent years for the troubled area.
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