Yes, she looks good in jeans

Miyuki Hatoyama, 66, wife of new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has won an award for looking good — in her jeans. According to a report by the Associated Press, she won the annual prize given to celebrities who look best in denim, along with four Japanese musicians and a Taiwanese actor. The first lady was […]

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New UNSC resolution on nuclear disarmament: "enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder"

U.S. President Barack Obama presided over the UN Security Council meeting today that adopted Resolution 1887, which notes, among other things, that “enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder”. That is a nice, consensus phrase — and one directed speci...

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Israel opens small field hospital inside Erez terminal

The Israeli government opened a small “emergency medical treatment center” on Sunday in the main building of the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza. A doctor working in the “field hospital” said that three patients had arrived from Gaza on Sunday. [UPDATE: There have also since reportedly been seven children who passed th...

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Conversations at a checkpoint

It really gets on your nerves, sometimes. At a checkpoint this morning, the soldier took my passport, then barked: “Where are you from?” he asked. “You mean where was I born? That’s different than where I am from. It’s written on my passport — New York”, I said. [Huda reported that she was stopped at [&hell...

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U.S. and North Korean negotiators meeting in Geneva

The exact and up-to-the minute state of play between the U.S. and North Korea was described to journalists in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday by U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill (Assistant U.S. Secretary of State) speaking on the eve of a two-day round of direct talks hosted by the Swiss government. Did Hill really mean it when […]

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