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5 questions for Obama on Syria

President Barack Obama is not a commander in chief drawn to military adventure nor an explainer-in-chief who is especially fond of delivering Oval Office addresses.<p>But Obama’s reluctance to offer a detailed explanation of an anticipated attack on Syria has puzzled allies and adversaries alike who …

Courtroom brawl as Mexican judge punches fellow justices

Miguel Angel Falcon jumps out of his chair and storms across the courtroom to attack other judges hearing a case in the state of Morelos.<p>The head of the Morelos state appeals court said Justice Miguel Angel Falcon had brought shame upon the court and faces possible impeachment, though he couldn't …

Saudi Arabia Passes Domestic Abuse Ban For First Time

In a historic move, Saudi Arabia banned domestic abuse this week, outlawing any form of abuse at home or in the workplace.<p>The Council of Ministers' approval of the law Monday marks the first time the country has officially recognized domestic violence as a punishable crime. Offenders may face up to …

Booker: 'My sexuality not an issue'

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker on Thursday night called the remarks made by his rival in the New Jersey Senate race questioning his sexuality “so extreme” and noted that he has “affirmed my sexual orientation numerous times over the years.”<p>Booker told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes during an interview that …

US government reaffirms plan to sell animal research site Plum Island

The federal government has reaffirmed it plans to sell Plum Island, finalizing the environmental review of the animal disease research site off Long Island, even though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there's not enough information about the effects of selling it.<p>The General …

Rwanda accuses Congo of rocket attacks over border

Rwanda has accused the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of firing bombs and rockets into its territory, warning that "provocation can no longer be tolerated" and raising the prospect of all-out war. Such an outcome could result in the UN's first offensive force – whose arrival has …