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Yes, France Is To Blame For Rwanda

The sooner France’s politicians admit to their responsibility for failures during the Rwandan genocide, the better.


Malaysia's Anwar gets Susan Rice meeting

The top White House national security aide Susan Rice will meet Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when President Barack Obama's regional tour reaches Malaysia, a senior US official told AFP Thursday. Obama is set to arrive in the Malaysian capital on Saturday in what will be the first visit to the country by a sitting US president in nearly half a century. He faces a political balancing act: he will be keen not to alienate his hosts and a key Southeast Asian ally but Washington has made clear its disquiet about the revival of long term charges against Anwar and is concerned at what it sees as a deteriorating political situation. Anwar, who was convicted of sodomy in March and whose opposition is engaged in a fierce political battle with Malaysia's longtime government, had been told that Obama would not be able to see him personally.


Caroline Kennedy backs Hillary Clinton for 2016

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. ambassador to Japan, says she would support Hillary Clinton if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency in 2016, and she hopes Clinton decides to run. Kennedy and her late uncle, former Senator Ted Kennedy, endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 rather than Clinton, a significant move in that closely contested campaign. Kennedy said in series of media interviews aired on Thursday that she hopes Clinton will seek to run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. Kennedy told ABC News she would support Clinton's candidacy "if she runs." Speaking in a separate interview with NBC News, Kennedy said she thought Clinton would be a "great" choice, the network's correspondent Chuck Todd said.


E-cigarettes to be regulated under new US plan

The changes would also apply to other, previously unregulated tobacco products, including cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, and pipe tobacco, and are aimed in large part at keeping these substances away from young people. "This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a press release announcing the reform. The proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would bring these products under many of the same rules that already apply to traditional cigarettes. Companies would be barred from handing out free samples, and would be required to include health warning labels and to seek FDA approval before marketing a new product.


Armenia genocide: Obama urges 'full' acknowledgement of facts

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the "full, frank and just acknowledgement" of facts surrounding the World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was in everyone's interest. In a statement marking the 99th anniversary of the start of the killings and deportations, Obama said the United States grieved for the lives lost. "A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests," Obama said. In an unprecedented move described by Washington as a historic gesture, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences over the massacres, calling them "our shared pain."


Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

TOKYO (AP) — As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region.


Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

Travels With Obama: Behind-The-Scenes On The President's Asia Trip

President Obama is in the midst of a week-long trip to four Asian nations, and ABC News is with him every step of the way. In the posts below, we hope to take you along for the ride — virtually — giving you behind-the-scenes snapshots...


The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms

At this weekend’s annual convention, there will be a lot of talking back and punishment threats, but who will eat soap remains to be seen.


Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job

No more talk of Texas seceding or ‘oops’ moments—the governor is relaunching his image and luring businesses to the Lone Star state. And he was doing just that in Manhattan on Tuesday.


Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills

Hundreds of unpaid hours of work, ‘degrading sexual comments,’ and even menstrual hygiene rules—this was life as a Bills cheerleader, according to a lawsuit filed this week.


It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.


Guns in Bars: What Could Go Wrong?

Georgia’s new law allows them everywhere—in libraries, at school—and permits felons to claim a Stand Your Ground defense. Let’s hope it makes Southern white guys feel manlier, at least.


Why Are Docs Giving Kids Codeine?

Hundreds of thousands of kids were given codeine during ER visits from 2001 to 2010, despite warnings of its danger. It’s time for doctors to stop this kind of careless medicine.


The Streets or the Slaughterhouse

New York City’s mayor says the carriage horse industry is inhumane, but what about the grim alternative for the animals? Meet Roger, the horse saved from slaughter by a carriage driver.


Dinner with Your Favorite TV Sidekicks

Adult Swim’s Brett Gelman invites you to have supper with him and seasoned actors. This will, inevitably devolve into the comedian freaking out and crying on the floor.


The Cult of the Baby General

Baby photos of the Hermit Kingdom’s hereditary dictator are meant to reinforce North Korea’s state religion of moral and racial purity.


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