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Russia: Too Early to Discuss Tactical Nuke Reduction

Russia's foreign minister said Thursday it is too early to begin discussions with the U.S. on further reductions in nuclear weapons.

Speaking in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) must first be ratified and fully implemented before additional weapons cuts can be discussed.

The Russian parliament is expected to hold a vote on ratifying START at the end of the month. The U.S. Senate approved the treaty in December.

Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates from four members of the House of Representatives.

Letter to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Shinseki

Letter to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Shinseki

Letter to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Erik Shinseki signed by four members of the House of Representatives

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Lebanese President Asks Hariri to Lead Caretaker Government

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says formal consultations on forming a new government are expected to begin Monday.

He commented Thursday after President Michel Suleiman asked Prime Minister Saad Hariri to lead a caretaker government, following Wednesday's collapse of the country's coalition cabinet. President Suleiman's office asked Mr. Hariri to remain in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.

South Sudan Vote Passes 60 Percent Participation

Southern Sudanese officials say they have received the 60 percent voter turnout needed to validate the region's landmark independence referendum.

Anne Itto, a senior official for the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement, made the announcement Wednesday as the fourth day of voting got underway.

Official turnout figures are the responsibility of the South Sudan Referendum Commission, which has not confirmed that the threshold has been reached.

Troops Surround Hotel of Internationally-Recognized Winner of Ivory Coast Vote

Ivory Coast's disputed election has produced two rival presidents who head two competing governments. But only one of those leaders occupies the presidential palace. The other is in a resort hotel protected by U.N. peacekeepers. Most of the world leaders now recognize the Abidjan hotel as the country's seat of power.

With government troops surrounding the Golf Hotel, the only way civilians get in or out is by helicopter.

AZ aftermath: Seattle media versus one another, guns and conservatives

AZ aftermath: Seattle Times v. P-I v. conservatives and gun rights

While Seattle-area Liberals have joined the rush to blame conservatives and Constitutionally-affirmed gun rights for the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murders of six other citizens, it appears no small amount of irony and hypocrisy have risen to the surface, and you can study it today on websites for the Seattle Times, Seattle PI.com, Sound Politics and Orbusmax.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/az-aftermath-seattle-times...

WikiLeaks Will Continue Leaking Documents

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his group plans to accelerate its publication of secret U.S. diplomatic cables and other documents.

Assange said WikiLeak's work will continue "unabated."

He spoke to reporters outside a London court where he appeared Tuesday as part of his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Tuesday's hearing was mostly procedural. A full extradition hearing will take place in February.