News Briefs | Issue 14

By Beatrice McQuiston
January 15, 2012

As Crisis Deepens, Fear Of Civil War Mounts In Syria

Failure of an Arab League, an international community with no power, has a mission to stop violence in Syria. Syria is defending into a conflict. Government actions led to widespread panic. The opposition is focusing less of the fall of President Bashar al-Assad than about the civil war that is happening across the country. The government is losing control over some regions.

Read original story in The New York Times | Jan. 14, 2012


Costa Concordia Runs Aground In Italy

Rescue workers are searching the half-sunken Italian cruise ship off the Tuscan coast that sank on Friday, Jan 13.  The ship was to close to the coast and it hit rocks and slowly capsized. The rescue workers found a glimmer of hope with the tragedy on Sunday, Jan. 15, when pulling three survivors from the wreak, including a couple on their honeymoon, as well as two more bodies, bringing the total deaths to five.

Read original story in The New York Times | Jan. 15, 2012


Rescuers work to enter the capsized cruise ship, Costa Concordia, in search of more survivors on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Giglio, Italy.


President Of Taiwan re-elected

President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected by a landslide on Saturday, knocking off a challenge his main rival, Tsai Ing-wen, who questioned his handling of the economy but also south to exploit fears among Mr. Ma’s voters. Taiwanese business leaders, who feared his defeat could upset China and set back what has served them well the past three and a half years, welcomed Mr. Ma’s victory.

Read original story in The New York Times | Jan. 14, 2012


Nobel Laureate Drops Bid For Presidency Of Egypt

Mohamed ElBaradei, who helped the demands for democracy in Egypt, said on Saturday, Jan. 14, that he was dropping his presidential bid.  He was in protest over the military’s continued hold on power nearly a year after the ouster of the strongman Hosni Mubarak. “The former regime did not fall,” Mr. ElBaradei said in disagreement with the military council.

Read original story in The New York Times | Jan. 14, 2012


Venezuelan Envoy In Miami Is Ordered To Leave By U.S.

In a move sure to further deteriorate relations between the United States and Venezuela, the State Department ordered a Venezuelan diplomat in Miami to leave the county. Officials will not give a reason for the removal of the diplomat.  Last month a news report has suggested that Venezuela’s consul general had taken part in a discussion about a possible cyber attack against the United States.

Read original story in The New York Times | Jan. 8, 2012


Author And Historian Speaks about MLK Jr.

Author and Historian, Brian Johnson, will speak at Cabrini College on how faith-based colleges and organizations can help in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Johnson’s presentation, “Equity, Social Justice, and Our Faith: Continuing MLK’s Works at a Faith-Based Institution,” was Thursday, Jan. 19. He talked about how to advance the work of the civil rights leader.

Read original story in | Jan. 13, 2012


Is This South Carolina’s Last Stand?

On Saturday, Jan. 14th, the South Carolina primary election is a huge turning point in the Republican presidential. Mitt Romney, the expected favorite, is facing an uphill battle in South Carolina. The conservatives are gravitating toward the media bashing Newt Gingrich. The right still remains divided among several alternatives. This means Romney has a chance to glide to victory in next Saturday’s primary.

Read original story in | Jan. 15, 2012


Body found in Delaware River

A corpse was found floating in the Dekaware River in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section late Monday night. The unknown man, said to be in his 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office to await an autopsy.  Police say they have no further information on the man’s identity or cause of death.

Read original story in | Jan. 24, 2012

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