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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Peace Corps
The leader of the Peace Corps elaborated on the group's plans to simplify the application process for prospective volunteers and to expand and further diversify the applicant pool during a speech Wednesday at the Michigan university where the agency traces its roots.
Several Illinois universities are among the institutions that send the most volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps.
The University of Virginia is one of the top ranking schools in the country in the production of Peace Corps volunteers.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has the most alumni currently volunteering in the Peace Corp according to the organization's annual school rankings.
The Peace Corps says it will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas.
Gay or lesbian domestic partners who want to serve together in the Peace Corps may start applying for assignments this summer.
The U.S. government's decision to pull out all its Peace Corps volunteers from Honduras for safety reasons is yet another blow to a nation still battered by a coup and recently labeled the world's deadliest country.
Artists from remote sections of Colombia, Peace Corps volunteers and performers sharing the history of rhythm and blues music opened the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall on Thursday.
A family spokeswoman on Monday said R. Sargent Shriver, a former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee, is in critical condition in a Maryland hospital.
More than 30 volunteers were raped or sexually assaulted last year while hundreds of others were attacked, robbed, burglarized or threatened, bolstering criticism that the agency has failed to provide "a consistent and complete safety and security program."
The Peace Corps, the volunteer program that emerged from President Kennedy's New Frontier in 1961 to promote international development and good will, is seeing a record number of applications.