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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She's also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

** FILE ** In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, Bishop Tawadros, 60, soon to be Pope Tawadros II greets well-wishers, not shown, after being named the 118th Coptic Pope in the Wadi Natrun Monastery complex northwest of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Coptic Christian pope has sharply criticized the country's Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, saying the new constitution is discriminatory and that Christians should not be treated as a minority. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper, File)

Egypt's Coptic Christian pope condemns new constitution

Egypt's Coptic Christian pope is coming out in strong opposition to the nation's Islamist leadership, calling the new constitution discriminatory, especially toward Christians, and openly criticizing President Mohammed Morsi for religious remarks. Published February 5, 2013

** FILE ** In this picture obtained from the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, the rocket dubbed "Pishgam," or "Pioneer," is launched, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight. (AP Photo/ISNA, Mohammad Agah)

Iran vows man in space by 2018

The latest in a recent string of Iranian announcements on its space program came Tuesday, when the country vowed to launch an astronaut by 2018. Published February 5, 2013

**FILE** Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Moscow on Dec. 20, 2012. (Associated Press/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russia hires Goldman to get rid of graft perceptions

Russia — hoping to overcome its global reputation as a breeding ground for graft — has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to advise on government communications and investor dealings. Published February 5, 2013

** FILE ** In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Menendez's office says he traveled on a plane owned by a Florida physician who is a friend and political donor, but denied that the senator had engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

New report: Shadow of sex scandal hovers over Menendez

Just hours after Sen. Robert Menendez's office issued denials of the New Jersian's dalliances with prostitutes in the Dominican Republican, a new report has surfaced bearing supposed first-hand knowledge of the alleged incidents. Published February 5, 2013

Kid-free zones gather steam on Asian airline

Youth under the age of 12 are no longer welcome in the first seven economy-class rows on AirAsia X flights to six destinations — Japan, Korea, Australia, Nepal, China and Taiwan. Published February 4, 2013

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Havana on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Castro, who appears in public only occasionally, was among more than 8 million islanders eligible to vote and approve 612 members of the National Assembly and more than 1,600 provincial delegates. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)

Fidel Castro makes public appearance at polls

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro emerged from his home to make the longest public appearance he's made since 2010, chatting up islanders as he cast his own ballot in Cuba's Sunday elections. Published February 4, 2013

Local residents watch as authorities use heavy machinery to demolish the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

Pakistan plans amusement park near site of bin Laden's death

The town of Abbottabad may be known as the site where U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. But that may soon change, as Pakistani authorities have put in motion plans to build a $30 million amusement park in the area, complete with a zoo and adventure sports facilities and restaurants, according to a Raw Story report. Published February 4, 2013

** FILE ** Investigators in a speedboat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000. An explosion detonated by terrorists in a small boat had breached the hull of the destroyer while in port, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. (Associated Press)

USS Cole bombing suspect heads to hearing

The suspect in the 2000 bombing on the USS Cole that killed 17 and wounded 37 is set for a four-day pretrial hearing before a war crimes tribunal in Cuba. Published February 4, 2013