July 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot claim Israel as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2002 law that required the State Department to record Israel as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born citizens despite a long-standing position in the executive branch of strict neutrality toward sovereignty of the disputed city.
June 27, 2013 |
Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher Confucius (551 - 479 BC) will be celebrated when a new Shangri-La Hotel opens later this summer in Qufu, his birthplace. Shangri-La Hotel Qufu , scheduled to open Aug. 1, will pay homage by blending Confucian principles, Chinese traditions and contemporary style to reflect the city's history, said Jason Xu, general manager. The hotel's façade, designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion, has roofs topped by gray tiers of flying eaves.
April 17, 2013 |
The bungalow where George Orwell was born, in Motihari, Bihar, India, is finally being turned into a monument , Agence France-Presse reports -- but it's a monument to Mahatma Gandhi, not the British writer. Local officials laid a foundation stone at the site over the weekend. The house, where Orwell (then named Eric Blair) was born in 1903 and lived for a year before leaving for England, has been neglected for decades. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1934, has played host to scores of stray animals and, despite a promise in 2009 by the state government to fix it up, had been left to the mercy of weather and time.
August 1, 2012 |
Ted Cruz, the Republican Party's newest star, hasn't even officially won his seat in the U.S. Senate, and already there is speculation about a run for something bigger in 2016. But could the circumstances of his birth get in the way? Cruz, a tea party-endorsed Cuban American conservative, gave the party establishment a thumping in the Texas primary runoff on Tuesday. He's a mortal lock to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison this November in the overwhelmingly Republican Lone Star State.
May 17, 2012 |
When Germany'schancellor, Hannelore Kraft, met France's president, Francois Hollande, in a sunny Berlin earlier this week, they agreed on a compelling strategy to save the Eurozone. With no elections due in any Eurozone country for the next two years, they were able to stretch the austerity timeline for Greece, Spain and Italy, add some elements of growth stimulus but also keep up the essential pressure for fiscal discipline and structural reform. As a result, even devastated Greece began to glimpse light at the end of the tunnel.
March 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court weighed into one of the thorniest issues in the Middle East conflict - who has sovereignty over Jerusalem - ruling that courts have the power to decide whether Congress can order that passports for U.S. citizens born there list "Israel" as their birthplace. The justices, ruling 8 to 1 on Monday, passed the decision back to a lower court. So Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, now 9, will have to wait to find out what his passport will look like. The U.S. has long taken the position that sovereignty over Jerusalem, which Israelis and Palestinians both claim as their capital, must be resolved in negotiations, so the government does not recognize Israeli sovereignty there.