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Stabbings in Chinese Kindergarten Copycat Crime

This MSNBC story illuminates the sheer terror that any one would have felt hearing the screams of children from a place of education.

School is supposed to be a place where children can be safe – learn, play, eat, make friends…

At this Beijing elementary school however, a man entered, stabbing 28 children, two teachers and a security guard using an eight-inch blade.

It raises two issues in within global social norms.

Firstly, it’s been a central rallying point for those trying to show that guns are not the source of violence, and that instead people are.

Secondly, it’s another call for better care for mentally unstable individuals, as was the criminal that stabbed children at the school. Although the Westernized world has developed an arguably strong system for the mentally handicapped, some countries, including China, have been slower to catch on.

It’s not uncommon for those that are mentally unstable and left to take care of themselves to commit crimes like these. It’s not something they can often control and it’s the primary reason that better institutions need to be established for their care.

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News budget 4/20

National and International Budget

Toyota fined: Toyota Agrees to Pay $16.4 million fine

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $16.4 million in fines assessed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for failing to act sooner on information that there was a problem with accelerator pedals.  has assessed. The deal comes as part of a negotiation that allows Toyota to avoid formally admitting wrongdoing and concludes the NHTSA investigation.

Al Qaeda leaders killed: Two Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq killed

The two highest-ranking al Qaeda leaders in Iraq have been killed in a joint effort between the U.S. and Iraq. On Monday Vice President Joe Biden cited the mission’s success as evidence of the Iraqi police’s increased skill and stability. Biden emphasized that Iraqi forces led the attack. One U.S. soldier was killed during the conflict when a helicopter crashed.

– Laura Riess

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International/National News

PARIS – Ash filled European skies due to a volcano in Iceland, putting a complete stop to flights in and out of the area in what some are calling the worst peacetime air travel disruption. The ash problems cost airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. The European transport ministry is currently working on a plan to begin easing the air travel ban put in place a few days ago. (Lauren)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/world/europe/20ash.html?ref=world

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona called for the deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border Monday. Illegal aliens crossing the border into Arizona have caused a higher level of crime. The Senators have also called for federal funding for 3,000 U.S. Customs and Border agents to be deployed along the border by 2015 as well as a double-row border fence (Lauren)

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/19/border.security/index.html

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News Budget Articles

Ukraine in ‘uranium pledge’ at U.S. nuclear summit

slug: nuclear summit

President Obama met with representatives of 46 other countries at Nuclear Summit in Washington. Ukraine has pledged to get rid of its uranium stockpile by 2012, and China has agreed to join the U.S. in pressuring Iran about its atomic plans.

Poland in Mourning

slug: Polish president dead

Polish president Lech Kaczynski killed in plane crash on Saturday in Russia. 95 others were killed, including the Polish first lady and many high-ranking government officials. Russian preliminary investigations point toward possible pilot error, although fog and the plane’s age – 20 years – are also of consideration.

– Laura Riess

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International Budget Lines

KYRGYZSTAN – The president of Kyrgyzstan fled the capital of the country, Bishkek, Wednesday after protests by the people involved the deaths of 40 people and injuries of more than 400. Protests arose over his “repressive rule”, stemming from a recent increase in utility costs and in other areas. This uprising threatens the security of a military supply line for the U.S. into Afghanistan. The former foreign minister has announced that the government is in the people’s hands and protesters have taken over some government buildings (Lauren McKown) Story here.

CHINESE YUAN – The U.S. and China are close to engaging in talks over the Chinese Yuan, which has been artificially kept from inflation for a long period of time now, causing Western nations like the U.S. to suffer trade problems. Chinese exports are more desirable than Western ones because of the low currency value. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Beijing to speak with Vice-Premier Wang Qishan. President Barack Obama is supposed to be there later this week.

Story here.

U.S.-BORN CLERIC TARGETED- Feds add American-born Muslim to list of al Qaeda . The radical imam is believed to be in Yemen; President has authorized U.S. forces, including CIA, to capture or kill Anwar al-Alwaki, a U.S. citizen born in New Mexico; He is associated with U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of murdering 13 people at Fort Hood last November, and has called for jihad against the U.S. (Laura Riess)

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Israel and the U.S.

By: Allen Martin

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/03/28/netanyahu-tries-play-tensions-734809190/

The interesting take on this article dealt with the way in which it highlighted Israel’s relationship with the U.S. Right now the U.S. is trying to keep the peace with everyone around the world, but everything does not always work out in a peaceful manner when disagreements are so common. The U.S. does not want Israel to build these apartments because it will increase tension, and possibly violence,

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

between Israel and the Palestinians. Despite constant talks with the U.S. about the situation, they still pushed to get the apartments built. I believe it was done for economic gain.

I thought this was a great article because it went into the political side of what is going on in Israel. It’s so common to hear things about the violent acts that are taking place over in the area, but rarely are the cause of these incidents explored and analyzed. The article also provided a bit of insight on the relationship that Israel and the U.S. have. They both seem to have a long history with one another and ties seem to be very strong. I just hope that disagreements, like this one, don’t happen often. If they do then this relationship could become damaged.

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