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What Was Faisal Shahzad's Relationship to the Pakistani Taliban?

Jim Arkedis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Arkedis

The Pakistani Taliban now seems willing to give up operational control and experience in order to increase the chances of a successful attack, even if that attack is significantly smaller than before.

In Search of the Moderate Muslim: It Takes an Ummah

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.

Israel Complains Over 'Antisemitic' Postcards From Spanish Children

Guardian | Giles Tremlett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel has complained to the Spanish authorities after its embassy in Madrid received postcards from nine-year-old schoolchildren accusing it of killi...

Porn film stars frolic on Franco's big monument

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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The valley of the Fallen, an immense monument built by the dictator Francisco Franco as a mausoleum for himself and tens of thousands of the...

Why Obama Doesn't Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, Or the Olympics Rap

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Just as I never thought that Obama would win the Olympics for Chicago, it never occurred to me that he would win the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Barak cancels Spain trip amid UNIFIL leadership crisis

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Defense Minister Ehud Barak cancelled his scheduled visit to Madrid on Friday as tension grows between the two countries due to a disagreement over th...

Spain: Police Rescue Woman Caught In Elevator For 8 Days

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — Police say they rescued a woman who was trapped for eight days in an elevator in her house in northeastern Spain. Police said Friday t...

Foursquare Boasts More Than 100,000 Users

NY Convergence | NY Convergence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since Foursquare's launch, it has added more than 100 worldwide cities to its roster, recently launching in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid; the New-York ba...

Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws NYC From Memory

Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Stephen Wiltshire was mute when he was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three. He began communicating through his drawings after being sent ...

Somali pirates free Spanish ship

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Tuna trawler and crew released amid reports of $3.5m ransom having been paid by Madrid....

LIVE: IOC Presentation

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Rio and Madrid remain as the final two Olympic candidates. ...

LIVE: Chicago Voted Out

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Follow the action as Chicago, Rio, Tokyo and Madrid make their final pitches. ...

Rio Olympics: World Reactions

The Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, celebrations were held, as the city granted the right to host the 2016 Olympics - the first city in South America to host the games.

Photos: Olympic Shock

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From Chicago, to Rio, to Madrid, Tokyo and Copenhagen, the world anticipates the upcoming Olympic bid. ...

Tokyo Eliminated In 2nd Round, Leaving Rio, Madrid As 2 Final Candidates For 2016 Olympics

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tokyo eliminated in 2nd round, leaving Rio, Madrid as 2 final candidates for 2016 Olympics....

Live From Copenhagen: Bid City Presentations

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Follow the action as Chicago, Rio, Tokyo and Madrid make their final pitches. ...

Photos: Chicago's 2016 Bid

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From Chicago, to Rio, to Madrid, Tokyo and Copenhagen, the world anticipates the upcoming Olympic bid. ...

Photos: Chicago's Campaign for the Olympics

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From Chicago, to Rio, to Madrid, Tokyo and Copenhagen, the world anticipates the upcoming Olympic bid. ...

IOC Votes For 2016 Olympic Host

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The International Olympic Committee was choosing the host of the 2016 Olympics on Friday, after hearing a deeply personal and rousing appeal fr...

Copenhagen readies for Olympic vote, world leaders

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For a city that has never held an Olympics, Copenhagen will become an Olympic capital of sorts next week when it hosts an international meeting to decide the site for the 2016 Summer Games.

Thousands of people – including government leaders, heads of state, royalty, sport officials, athletes, sponsors and media – are expected to attend the International Olympic Committee meetings from Oct. 1-9.

"On some days, it's going to be crowded," said Niels Nygaard, president of Denmark's national Olympic committee.

The main focus will be the vote for the 2016 host city on Oct. 2. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are locked in a tight contest that could be decided by just a few votes.

Each candidate is bringing a high-power delegation to impress IOC voters.

Tokyo bidders increase push to host 2016 Olympics

AP | KAORI HITOMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tokyo should host the 2016 Olympics because it has the most compact set up, the most experience and will be the best stage for the world's athletes, one of Japan's top sports figures and bid backers said Thursday.

Mikako Kotani, an Olympic bronze medalist in synchronized swimming and the head of the athletes' commission for the Tokyo 2016 bid committee, said she has big hopes that Japan's capital will beat out Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid when the final decision is made on the host site next Friday.

"We have the experience to make the competition go smoothly," she said in an interview with The Associated Press, noting that Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Games. "We will be using some stadiums and venues from 1964. ... It will be very special for the Japanese athletes and for the younger generation."

Kotani, who won her bronze in Seoul in 1988, said that Tokyo's plans would have all the athletes staying within 10 minutes of their competition venues, a factor she expected will boost performances by allowing the Olympians more time to focus on their sports and less on traveling.

"As an athlete, this is very important," she said.

Spanish matador to advertise gay drink on cape

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A little-known Spanish matador is breaking with a sacred tradition, agreeing to advertise on his cape while slaying bulls and endorse a soft drink that caters to gays.

Matador Joselito Ortega will be plugging a club-scene energy beverage called Gay Up and have those words embroidered into his cape in large, red cursive letters.

In Spain, matadors are seen by many as the pinnacle of macho, and Ortega's agreeing to endorse a product geared toward gay men is raising eyebrows.

But Ortega sees no incompatibility.

"I am a bullfighter. That is not going to change. I am going to go out into the ring as I have done until now, to risk my life, and the seven goring wounds on my body prove that," he told The AP Wednesday. "If the gay community welcomes me as an image or a symbol, that is fine."

Chicago 2016 delegation strikes Olympic gold

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There's gold in Chicago 2016's delegation. Lots of it.

Michael Johnson, Nadia Comaneci, Nastia Liukin and Jackie Joyner-Kersee are among 14 Olympic and two Paralympic gold medalists who will travel to Denmark next week in support of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee will choose from Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo on Oct. 2.

"It's hard for me to be unbiased about this," said Bart Conner, a Chicago native and double gold medalist in gymnastics at the 1984 Olympics. "When you look at the plan and the spectacular city and the legacy plan and the convenience for the athletes against the backdrop of the city, on lots of levels, Chicago gets it and understands what the Olympics is about."

Star power could be key in a decision that is expected to come down to a couple of votes, and Chicago will have no shortage of it. First lady Michelle Obama leads the delegation, and she'll be joined by 26 Olympians and Paralympians. President Barack Obama is still trying to decide whether to appear personally on behalf of his adopted hometown.

Lost in Syndication: The Case of the Hatoyama Essay

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels

An essay published by Yukio Hatoyama, the soon-to-be prime minister of Japan, has caused a big stir abroad, which in turn caused a bigger stir back in Japan.

Next Tarantino Movie An Homage To Beloved Tarantino Movies Of Director's Youth

The Onion | The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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MADRID—"I've been a Tarantino fan for as long as I can remember," said Tarantino, who repeatedly referred to his hero as "The Master." "We're ta...