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French police are in the middle of a standoff with the man they believe is responsible for a spate of deadly shootings in southern France.
The suspect has been identified as Mohammed Merah, 24, a French citizen of Algerian origin who claims to be a member of Al Qaeda, and who was apparently known to the French intelligence service. According to him, the murders of French soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children were revenge for the deaths of Palestinians and French military intervention overseas.
Police have Merah surrounded at his home and are trying to persuade him to surrender.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the four Jewish victims have been flown to Israel, where a huge funeral was held in Jerusalem.
It was a tough result to swallow for Santorum. His failure to defeat Romney in what was essentially a head-to-head contest could argue against his viability as a candidate. Romney certainly seemed to decide the inter-party scrambles were over when he used his victory speech to go after the bigger scalp, President Barack Obama.
Did he misjudge his audience? Illinois usually votes Democrat, and even the state's Republicans don't really like the candidates they've got to choose from: more than four in ten voters had reservations about the candidate they chose, according to one poll, while another ten percent chose their candidate simply out of dislike for the others.
When China announced that it had recorded a $31.5 billion trade deficit in February, many speculated that the world's second-biggest economy was losing steam.
Exports form a large part of China’s gross domestic product, the theory goes, so once it drops, the country is in for trouble.
But are the negative trade balance and the likely export slowdown as troubling as they might seem? Not necessarily: one monthly trade deficit doesn't necessarily mean another is on the way. And even if exports slow down for a spell, that doesn't directly indicate anything about growth, or the lack thereof.
On Tuesday in Iran began Nowruz, a two-week holiday celebrating the Persian New Year. It's traditionally a time reserved for vacation, when tour companies make big money sending Iranians all over the world.
But this year? Not so much.
Many Iranians, under financial pressure from international economic sanctions and a rapidly devaluing currency, simply can't afford it anymore, bringing a sudden end to what had been a meteoric rise in the country's outbound tourism industry over the last decade.
Anyone who's ever watched a movie translated into Russian will have wondered at the lone male dubber's ability seemingly to strip all emotion and interest from the dialogue he solemnly and monotonously intones.
Don't be fooled. That deadpan voiceover may be disguising some cutting creativity – as was the case with the enterprising translator who created an unofficial version of acclaimed Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, in which Meryl Streep, playing the former British prime minister, declares her intent to "crush the working class, crush the scum, the yobs."
At least one Russian film critic gave the pirated version a hearty thumbs-up.
— Chatter by Jessica Phelan