The Envoy
  • Ira Forman will coordinate Jewish outreach for the Obama White House. (San Diego Jewish Week)• Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that if budget cuts target U.S. initiatives to support emerging democratic movements, the United States risks losing the opportunities presented by the Arab spring uprisings. (Reuters)

    • New Defense Secretary Leon Panetta likewise warns of loss of mission focus should the Defense budget face further cuts. (National Journal)

    • The Middle East Quartet issues a joint statement expressing great concern over new Israeli housing construction plans in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. (State Department)

    • The Obama reelection campaign enlists Ira Forman, the former executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, to coordinate its Jewish outreach. (Washington Jewish Week)

    Read More »from Comings and goings: Obama campaign enlists Ira Forman for Jewish outreach
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, emerging from meetings in Paris today amid mounting concerns about debt-ridden Euro-zone economies, said they'll push for tougher debt rules and tighter integration and financial governance among the 17 countries that make up the Euro trading zone.

    But the leaders of Europe's two largest economies rejected some other measures to bolster regional growth, including the issuing of common Euro-bonds or further expanding the current $630 billion fund to rescue faltering Euro-zone national economies.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy outside Elysee Palace in Paris, France Tuesday. (Pool)

    "Euro bonds--we can imagine having them one day," Sarkozy said at a joint press conference following their two hour meeting, Bloomberg reported. "But it will be at the end of a process of integration, not the beginning."

    The two European leaders proposed instead that "debt limits be written into national law" and that member nations form a "euro council" that would be part of a "planned 'economic government' for Europe," Bloomberg's Patrick Donahue and Mark Deen wrote.

    "It's very obvious that in order for this to work we need a stronger convergence in finance and economic policy within the euro zone, and Germany and France are at the vanguard of that effort," Merkel said at the briefing.

    Read More »from Sarkozy, Merkel propose tighter Euro-zone governance, debt limits
  • U.S. diplomat Maureen Chao. (NDTV)The United States has apologized and expressed deep regret for an "unfortunate" comment made by an American diplomat in India.

    Maureen Chao, the vice consul of the U.S. consulate in Chennai, India, was speaking to students at a study-abroad orientation program last week at a university in the capital of the southern-most Indian state of Tamil Nadu, when she recounted her own experiences as a study-abroad student in India two decades ago.

    "Some 20 years ago, I was a student like you and had an opportunity to do a semester abroad," Chao told the students, India's NDTV reported. "I chose to come to India, fascinated by the culture and religion."

    "I traveled across villages to understand the culture better. I was amazed at the graciousness and friendliness of the people," she continued, before describing a long train journey, during which her remarks went -- so to speak -- off the rails.

    "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to Orissa," the eastern Indian state, Chao continued, according to Agence-France Press. "But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination ... and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians."

    The U.S. consulate soon posted a statement of apology on its website:

    "During the speech Ms. Chao made an inappropriate comment," the statement, posted Saturday, read. "Ms. Chao deeply regrets if her unfortunate remarks offended anyone, as that was certainly not her intent."

    Chao's comment came while she was attempting to recount  "positive memories from her own study experiences in India 23 years ago," the statement continued.

    "As Secretary [of State Hillary Clinton] recently noted, the U.S.-India partnership is based on our shared values of democracy, liberty, and respect for religious and cultural diversity," it went on. "The U.S. Consulate in Chennai and the U.S. Mission in India are committed to upholding these shared values.''

    Tamil Nadu officials were reportedly not satisfied with the apology, however.

    Read More »from U.S. apologizes over American diplomat’s “dirty” remarks in India


(679 Stories)
  • Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history
    Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history

    Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history. "I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very aggressive," said Nadal, who won 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. Nadal next faces Argentina's Juan Monaco in Sunday's final where Nadal will be trying to equal Guillermo Vilas' all-time record of 46 titles on clay. Earlier in the day, Monaco beat Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4 to book his spot in the final.

  • Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win
    Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win

    Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months after beating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. Nadal's triumph was his first since he won a ninth French Open title at Roland Garros last June. It was Nadal's 65th career crown on all surfaces, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the Open Era all-time list led by the 109 titles of American Jimmy Connors. He broke out of a tie for fifth with Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.

  • Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture
    Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture

    Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding in the deep when he turned to a section of the 40,000 crowd at Auckland's Eden Park and jokingly placed his hands around his throat to suggest that the home side were about to fail chasing their modest 152-run target. Maxwell scored just one in the game having made 66 in Australia's opening win over England, but he won some sympathy online with fans praising him for his interaction with the crowd.

  • Soccer-English premier league results and standings

    March 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Sunday Sunday, March 1 Arsenal 2 Everton 0 Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1 Saturday, February 28Burnley 0 Swansea City 1 Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 1 Hull City 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 Southampton 0 West Ham United 1 Crystal Palace 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 26 18 6 2 56 22 60 2 Manchester City 27 16 7 4 57 27 55 3 Arsenal 27 15 6 6 51 29 51 -------------------------4 Manchester United 27 14 8 5 46 26 50 -------------------------5 Liverpool ...

Follow Yahoo! News