New Maldives President vows to uphold rule of law
The newly appointed President of the Maldives
Mohamed Waheed vowed to uphold the rule of law on Tuesday in a
statement issued hours after the dramatic resignation of his
predecessor, Mohamed Nasheed. Waheed, who was Nasheed’s Vice
President, was swiftly sworn in as the new Head of State following
the resignation announcement.
Citing serious security concerns:
US closes Syria embassy, pulls out all staff
The United States closed its embassy in Syria and
pulled out all remaining staff on Monday citing serious security
concerns as protests swirled against President Bashar al-Assad's
regime. US President Barack Obama stressed it was important to
resolve the ongoing conflict diplomatically, framing it as very
different from the situation in Libya, where Western military
intervention helped oust Moamer Gaddafi.
At least 79 killed as Syria pounds protest hubs
The Syrian regime's rocket and shell bombardment
of protest hubs has left another 79 civilians dead, activists said,
as Washington closed its Damascus embassy and Britain recalled its
Assad's wife 'defends Syria crackdown'
The British-born wife of Syria's president has
spoken in support of her husband for the first time since the
11-month uprising against his regime began, a British newspaper
Romney in tight Minnesota race to retain momentum
The Republican caucuses in Minnesota on Tuesday
are a virtual toss up, with frontrunner Mitt Romney trailing former
senator Rick Santorum by a small margin, a poll showed Sunday.
Romney, who strengthened his lead for the White House race with a
solid win Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, faces a tougher challenge
in the midwestern state, based on the survey from Public Policy