Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

On This Day…

In 1972, President Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.

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Tunisian Journalists Arrested Over Nude Photo

On February 15, Tunisian officials arrested the head and two editors of a newspaper after it published a picture of German-Tunisian soccer player Sami Khedira with his girlfriend.  The Justice Ministry claims the photo violated public morals.

Attounissia‘s cover page. Photo Courtesy of Tunisia Live.

The newspaper printed the Real Madrid midfielder in a tuxedo covering the breasts of his girlfriend, Lena Gercke, with his hands.

A prosecutor charged publisher Nasreddine Ben Said, editor in chief Hbib Guizani, and editor of the world section Hedi Hadhri with “disrespecting public decency.” The journalists argued they were simply reporting sports news.

On Thursday, Tunisian officials released Mr. Guizani and Mr. Hadhri.

Police are guarding the newspaper’s building after a female journalist reported receiving phone calls that threatened to burn the office.

Although Tunisia is a moderate Muslim country, the newspaper does not tend to publish such bold photographs.

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Congress Extends Payroll Tax Cut

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Americans will continue to receive a bigger paycheck through the rest of the year, after the House and Senate voted today to extend a payroll tax cut.

President Obama has promised to sign the legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.

The deal also extends unemployment benefits and avoids a cut in Medicare fees for doctors for the rest of 2012. All three measures were set to expire at the end of February.

The roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut, a key part of Obama’s economic recovery plan, means a break worth about $83 a month for someone making $50,000 a year.

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House Approves Extension of Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan deal that extends the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for the rest of the year.
The measure, which also avoids cutting Medicare fees for doctors for the rest of the year, now goes to the Senate.
Without congressional action, all three measures are set to expire at the end of February.

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German President Resigns

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Christian Wulff, German President, hold a press point (Photo credit: European Parliament)

German President Christian Wulff announced his resignation today in a televised statement, following a series of scandals that prompted calls for him to resign.
Germany “needs a president who can devote himself completely to national and international challenges,” Pres. Wulff said in a statement.
The developments of the past days and weeks have shown that this trust and therefore confidence in my ability to serve have been adversely affected. For this reason, it is no longer possible for me to continue in my role as president.
The German presidency is a largely ceremonial office, but Pres. Wulff’s resignation is a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who supported his candidacy as president.

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