Indian leaders urge calm, army called out after attacks (AFP)

Indian police inspect the scene of a blast outside the trauma ward of the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. Indian leaders issued appeals for calm as the army was called out after a wave of bombings killed 45 people in Ahmedabad, a city rocked by deadly Hindu-Muslim riots six years ago.(AFP/Sam Panthaky)AFP – Indian leaders appealed for calm Sunday as the army was called out after a wave of bombings killed 45 people in Ahmedabad, a city rocked by deadly Hindu-Muslim riots six years ago.


On return to US, Obama says Afghanistan in trouble

In his first public appearance since returning to the United States, Barack Obama says Afghanistan’s weak government and rampant drug trafficking are hampering efforts to fight al-Qaida terrorists who often take refuge in neighboring Pakistan.

Soap opera shakes customs of Arab married life

Every evening for the past four months, a tall young man with soulful blue eyes has been stealing hearts across the Middle East, from the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip to the gated mansions of Riyadh.

Blackwater mixes business glitz with military grit (AP)

Erik Prince, Founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide is seen during a tour of Blackwater's campus in Moyock, N.C., Monday, July 21, 2008. Blackwater is a campus with a deep pride in the armed forces for which many employees — and most executives — served, and it's also a culture obsessed with identifying and improving inefficiencies in military operations and training. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP – Erik Prince gets his guests to the runway seconds before the turboprop’s approach. The financiers hop out of his black Chevy Suburban and gawk as the pilots drop a pair of packages that float to within feet of their target — just as they might on a mission for Blackwater Worldwide in the Afghan backcountry.


Obama shifts focus from foreign policy to economy

Presidential contender Barack Obama is pivoting from foreign policy to the economy at home. Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that cost of gas and food will keep Americans focused on finances even during the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. The Illinois Democrat said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’s gathering key economic advisers on Monday to discuss a second economic stimulus package and ways to deal with high energy prices.

Blackwater mixes business glitz with military grit

Erik Prince gets his guests to the runway seconds before the turboprop’s approach. The financiers hop out of his black Chevy Suburban and gawk as the pilots drop a pair of packages that float to within feet of their target — just as they might on a mission for Blackwater Worldwide in the Afghan backcountry.

FDA: Avoid jalapenos from Mexico, not US (AP)

AP – Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico are implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak, the government announced Friday in clearing the U.S. crop.