For the first time amid the political upheaval raging in Thailand, the nation's revered king spoke out Monday, calling on new judges to help stabilize the country.
The great experiment has begun.
"Boobquake," an event that became a viral hit online after a Purdue University student challenged an Iranian cleric’s assertion that scantily clad women cause earthquakes, is officially underway.
Jen McCreight, a self-described atheist, feminist and geek “trapped in Indiana,” who started the experiment, began her morning with a whole lot of press interviews Monday, but she also made sure she began the effort personally, posting her "boobquake" photo on her blog.
The death toll has risen to 2,220 in the massive earthquake that struck China this month, according to the state-run news agency in China.
At least 70 people, the Xinhua news agency said, were still missing.
The 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the northwest China Qinghai province April 14 and toppled about 15,000 homes. More than 100,000 people fled the area.
Qinghai province is home to about 5 million people and is considered a gateway to Himalayan Tibet.
Officials said they would raise the monthly allowance from 600 yuan ($87) to 1,000 yuan ($146) for orphaned children, widowed elderly and disabled people in the wake of the quake.
Families of the dead also will receive 8,000 yuan ($1,171) for each death.
A free speech dispute over a California law banning sale of violent video games to children will go to the Supreme Court for review.
The justices Monday accepted the state's appeal and will decide whether the law is too restrictive in denying access by minors to often-graphic material. Video game makers said the ban goes too far. They say the existing nationwide industry-imposed, voluntary ratings system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the appropriateness of computer games.
A Jerusalem city councilman said Monday there has been a "direct order" against building in East Jerusalem ever since U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel last month.
Mississippi tornado – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour plans to ask for a federal disaster declaration after a tornado hit over the weekend. Massive cleanup efforts are under way after the tornado tore through towns, killing at least 11 people – 10 in Mississippi – and leaving a swath of devastation across several states, including Alabama and Louisiana.
Financial reform showdown – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has scheduled a vote at 5 p.m. ET Monday to move ahead with the Senate's version of a financial reform bill. But Republicans say they still don't have a bipartisan compromise yet and they'll try to delay things until they do.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the Polish president killed in a plane crash earlier this month, will be a candidate to succeed him, his party announced Monday.
A North Korean torpedo attack was the most likely cause for the sinking of a South Korean warship last month, according to a U.S. military official.
The Arizona governor signed controversial legislation Friday that may change the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement.
Senate Bill 1070 is set to take effect in August or September, if it withstands legal challenges that are expected from a number of groups that oppose the legislation.
The law requires police to question people who they have reason to suspect are in the United States illegally. The law also requires legal immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times.
Brewer cited border-related crime as a key factor in her decision. She also issued an executive order that requires additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling or discrimination.
Some police organizations that support the bill, including the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, say the legislation has numerous safeguards to protect the rights of minority groups. But opposition to the bill is coming from elected officials in Arizona and at the federal level. FULL POST
An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Monday:
Thailand protests – Thailand's embattled premier vowed to clear Bangkok's commercial heart of anti-government Red Shirt protesters as he appeared on national television Sunday in a show of unity with his army chief. But Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva did not say when security forces would move to regain control of the Red Shirts' vast protest site.
Yemen shooting - The British ambassador to Yemen survived an attack on his convoy in the capital, Sanaa, Monday morning, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office says.
Delivering on a promise he made nearly a year ago, President Obama will host a two-day entrepreneurship summit beginning Monday, designed to improve relations with the Muslim world.