April 26th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Thai king speaks for first time in political crisis

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.

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April 26th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Global 'Boobquake' effort to disprove Iranian cleric begins

Jen McCreight's proposed "Boobquake" experiment has events popping up all around the world.

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.

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April 26th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

U.N. keeps Kandahar staffers home after 'threats'

Unspecified "threats" have forced the United Nations in Afghanistan's second biggest city to order its local staff to stay home until further notice.

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April 26th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Death toll stands at 2,220 in China earthquake

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.

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April 26th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

High court accepts violent video games case

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.

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April 26th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Sudan president wins election, officials say

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir won the country's controversial but historic presidential election with roughly two-thirds of the vote, the National Election Commission said Monday.

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April 26th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Official: 'Direct order' against building in East Jerusalem

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.

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April 26th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

On the Radar: Twister damage, financial reform, H1N1

Morgan Hayden digs through her belongings after a tornado hit in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

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.

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April 26th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Late Polish president's brother runs to succeed him

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.

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April 26th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

U.S. official: N. Korea torpedo likely sunk S. Korean warship

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.

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April 26th, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Monday's live video events

12:30 pm ET - House floor in session – House lawmakers return from their weekend recess to debate the issues of the day.

1:00 pm ET - White House briefing – The White House holds its daily briefing with reporters.

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April 26th, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Gov. Jan Brewer

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

April 26th, 2010
06:02 AM ET

World update: Thai PM vows to clear Red Shirt protesters

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. 

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April 26th, 2010
03:34 AM ET

Blasts kill 1, wound 2 in northern Afghanistan

Two blasts on a road in northern Afghanistan's Kandahar City killed a civilian and wounded two others Monday, officials said.

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April 26th, 2010
03:22 AM ET

Obama calls on Dems to focus on midterm elections

President  Obama is urging political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message in which he warns that failure to keep Congress in Democratic hands will be a major blow to his agenda.

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April 26th, 2010
03:13 AM ET

Obama hosts Muslim-focused entrepreneurship summit

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.

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