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Malala Yousafzai’s Book Is Banned In Pakistani Private Schools

Malala Yousafzai’s Book Is Banned In Pakistani Private Schools

An organization representing 40,000 private schools in Pakistan says it has decided to ban I Am Malala, a memoir written by Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls.

Obama Apologizes To Those Who Lost Health Plans

Obama Apologizes To Those Who Lost Health Plans

In addition to his apology, the president pledged to help those who have complained that the new law is forcing them to sign up for a more expensive plan.

Guardian: U.S. Monitored Calls Of 35 Foreign Leaders

Guardian: U.S. Monitored Calls Of 35 Foreign Leaders

The United States spy agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders, The Guardian reports today, based on a classified memo given to the paper by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law, Reports Allege

U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law, Reports Allege

Two reports released on the eve of White House visit by Pakistan’s prime minister allege that the U.S. has “violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan,” as McClatchy Newspapers writes.

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

Welcome To Week Three Of The Shutdown

Welcome To Week Three Of The Shutdown

The partial government shutdown begins its third week on Tuesday as the debt ceiling deadline looms just two days from now. Congressional leaders seem to be inching toward a deal that could prove acceptable to both sides and the White House. But, we’ve been here before.

No Deal Yet, But Maybe An Opening

No Deal Yet, But Maybe An Opening

Speculation is rife about what exactly went on in Thursday afternoon’s closed-door White House meeting between top House Republicans and President Obama and whether it can produce a breakthrough.

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

Destruction Of Syria’s Chemical Weapons System Begins

Destruction Of Syria’s Chemical Weapons System Begins

In Syria, a team of international weapons experts has begun the process of destroying the country’s chemical weapons arsenal.