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  • ** FILE ** German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norbert Roettgen, a candidate of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party, wave during a campaign rally in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, ahead of elections in the populous German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Merkel risks setback in German state vote

    Germany's most populous state is holding a legislative election Sunday, with polls showing good chances of victory for a center-left regional government that Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought to label as irresponsibly spendthrift.

  • A protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam Friday, April 20, 2012, during a demonstration against a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Dutch judge upholds ban on foreigners buying pot

    Long famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuchinos share the menu, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.

  • Gergel

    Judge enjoins provisions of S.C. immigration law

    A federal judge Thursday blocked several provisions of South Carolina's tough new immigration law from taking effect New Year's Day, including a requirement for law officers to check the immigration status of people they pull over if they suspect they are in the country illegally.

  • An aerial view shows a boat crossing an area of the oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos in Rio de Janeiro.  (Associated Press)

    Chevron likely to be fined $28 million

    Brazil is expected to fine Chevron Corp. nearly $28 million for an ongoing offshore oil spill, Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary said Monday.

  • Yoweri Museveni (Associated Press)

    Uganda's power outages spark scrutiny, criticism

    For nearly a month now, large sections of this East African capital city have been plunged into darkness for 24-hour stretches, causing untold losses in retail, manufacturing and foreign investment.

  • Illustration: Obama's Constitution

    KNIGHT: Obama tears up the Constitution

    The Constitution of the United States, whose adoption we celebrate every Sept. 17, clearly lists the powers of each branch of the national government. Let's take a look at what Barack Obama, like any president, is empowered to do and see if it squares with his actions. In Article II, Section 1, he is sworn to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Section 2 names the president as commander in chief of the armed forces, grants him the power to make treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate and to appoint ambassadors, federal judges, Cabinet officials and other federal officers. Section 3 says the president "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

  • Illustration: Corruption

    KARZAI: Cleaning up corruption

    With Wikileaks' release last week of 92,000 pages of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, it seems everyone, naturally, is concentrating on the details and progress of the hot war being fought between Afghan soldiers, coalition forces and the Taliban.

  • President Obama (Associated Press)

    ANALYSIS: Obama's vast agenda sparks concern

    With a set of proposals that will increase federal spending to $3.7 trillion next year now on the table, policy analysts, including some Democrats, are asking whether President Obama is promising more than he can deliver.

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