CNN) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is a good friend and U.S. ally, but declined to predict whether the embattled leader would heed protesters’ calls to step down.
Cheney made the comments Saturday night at a ceremony honoring former President Ronald Reagan in Santa Barbara, California.
Protesters have pledged to stay on the streets of Egyptian cities until Hosni Mubarak relinquishes power. Mubarak, who has led the north African nation for three decades, has said he will stay in power until September, and will not run for re-election.
Cheney said the Egyptian leader should be treated with respect.
To bribe or not to bribe.
Benedict XVI has tried to scotch rumours that he carries an organ donor card after his secretary revealed that his ascension to the position of Holy Father means he is no longer able to bequeath his body parts to lesser mortals.
On the pontiff’s instructions, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, fired off a letter to quell the rumours that started in the Pope’s native Germany.
“It’s true that a simple cardinal can have an organ donor card but, despite public declarations to the contrary, it ceased to apply when he was elected head of the Catholic Church,” Mgr Gaenswein said.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistanwar veterans were unemployed in January, far higher than the national jobless rate and the highest since the government began collecting data on veterans in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on
That rate could go even higher if theU.S. military begins winding down operations in Afghanistan and a flood of veterans return home looking for work, a veterans’ advocate said.
“These numbers need to be a wake up call for all Americans because there is really no excuse for this,” said Todd Bowers, deputy executive director forIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.