RELIGION

Syria's Assad to 'End' One-Party Rule

The proposed vote on a new constitution, which is scheduled to take place on February 26, comes after a bloody 11-month uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Greece: European or Not?

There is another element to this ongoing drama – Greece’s resentment of Western Europe and the feeling that Greeks don’t feel like they are a part of Europe.

Obama shift seeks to defuse birth-control fight

President Barack Obama, in an abrupt policy shift aimed at quelling an election-year firestorm, announced on Friday that religious employers would not be required to offer free birth control to workers and that the onus would instead be put on insurers.

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Cricket

Scoring at Cricket with a Dutch

Where did the game of cricket begin? This question came from my friend Paul, who is from the Netherlands. He was visiting Kerala, the southernmost state of India where I was born. He came here to enjoy the hot Indian summer. But there was something hotter than the sun brewing in India at that time. It was the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Singer David Lee Roth (2nd R) performs with (L-R) Alex, Wolfgang, and Eddie Van Halen during a private Valen Halen show to announce the band's upcoming tour at Cafe Wha? in New York

Van Halen gets a Jump-start with Roth-fronted album

A Different Kind of Truth is a pretty ponderous name for a not very ponderous album -- Van Halen's first in 28 years with David Lee Roth as frontman. If they'd been in as cheeky a mood titling it as they were in recording it, maybe they could have gone with: 1985.
Jeremy Lin Inspired By 'Polarizing Figure' Tim Tebow

Knicks Star Jeremy Lin Says Tim Tebow 'Inspires' Him: 'I Respect Him So Much!'

Jeremy Lin's amazing plays for the New York Knicks has some sports fans swapping Tebow Mania for Linsanity. But one fan of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is unwavering in his devotion: Jeremy Lin himself. He's a polarizing figure, but the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game, is just unbelievable, Lin, a fellow devout Christian, said in a recent interview.
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The Real 'Food Stamp President': Rep. Gutierrez Rips Newt Gingrich [VIDEO]

Gutierrez called out Gingrich for labeling President Obama the food stamp president (watch here), and revealed the actual food stamp president was not a Democrat, but a Republican: George W. Bush. Gutierrez also tore into the former Speaker on Wednesday for relying on politically punchy and racially volatile props to sustain his presidential campaign.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

Birth Control Rules Fuel Pre-election Political Firestorm

The top Republican in the Congress on Wednesday denounced President Barack Obama's new rule on contraceptives as an assault on religious freedom and vowed to overturn it, as the White House sought to prevent the issue from becoming an election-year liability.
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