Nation & World
Arab League rejects charges against Sudanese president
The Arab League has formally rejected the international war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
The statement Monday was expected after many Arab leaders denounced the International Criminal Court's charges that al-Bashir was responsible for war crimes in Darfur.
Only three of the 22 Arab League nations are party to the ICC charter, but the declaration was seen as a show of unity with al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir attended the summit in Qatar along with other Arab leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who urged Sudan to allow the return of international aid groups to Darfur. The conflict between the Arab-led government and ethnic African rebels has claimed at least 300,000 lives and displaced 2.7 million since 2003. Associated Press
Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that his new government will have an “outstretched hand” for peace to the Arab world. Speaking to a special session of parliament marking 30 years since Israel signed a peace agreement with Egypt, Netanyahu said he was eager to reach peace with the entire region. Netanyahu is set to introduce his new coalition government today Associated Press.
In one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a quarter-century, President Obama on Monday signed legislation that sets aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness. The law protects land from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, as well as expands wilderness protection efforts.Associated Press
Two Massachusetts men are being hailed as heroes by police for catching a toddler who fell 40 feet from a home's third-story window. Robert Lemire was outside a pizza shop in Lawrence, about 25 miles north of Boston, when he saw the toddler dangling from a window across the street. He bolted across a busy street, where he met 23-year-old Alex Day. Together, they caught the 18-month-old before she hit the ground.Associated Press
Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33 percent in 2008, according to a group that monitors web-based fraud. The Internet Crime Complaint Center said in its annual report released Monday that it received more than 275,000 complaints last year, up from about 207,000 the year before. The total reported dollar loss was $265 million, or about $25 million more than the year before. The ICCC is a partnership of the FBI and a nonprofit group that tracks white collar crime.Associated Press