| U.S. General Picked for Top NATO Military Post Will Retire|
Gen. John R. Allen, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to focus on “health issues within his family,” President Obama said Tuesday.
Arkansas., N.Y. Head In Opposite Directions On Abortion Regulation
Arkansas and New York are states headed in opposite directions on new abortion regulation: Arkansas’s Senate passes a bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks while New York’s governor works on legislation guaranteeing access to late-term abortions.
Both sides in Syria commit torture, murder, UN says
A UN investigation has concluded that both sides Syria’s civil war have committed war crimes, including murder, torture and the use of children in battle.
Bulgaria sacks finance minister after protests
SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s rightist government on Monday sacked Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who has kept a tight fiscal policy as the European Union’s poorest member recovers from recession, a day after nationwide protests over electricity prices. Djankov’s dismissal comes as the government tries to shore up its support with an election looming in July. Djankov, 42, brought the budget deficit down to 0.5 percent of gross domestic product last year from 2 percent in 2011, gaining him respect in the EU as many nations in the bloc battled to keep their public debt under control. …