Boy’s death ruled an accident
A grand jury in Texas has decided not to bring charges against the parents of Max Shatto, a 3-year-old who died two months ago in what has now been ruled an accident. Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, called the decision “upsetting” and said he believed U.S. authorities had failed to conduct a full investigation. Astakhov was instrumental in organizing Russia’s ban on American adoption in December. The case could still go to court if Texas’ child services agency finds the parents committed a crime.
The Moscow Times has the full story on an incident that exacerbated rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia over adoption. For more on the vitriol directed at American parents check out our contributor Tina Traster, an adoptive mother herself, and her story at The Huffington Post.
Militant arrested in death of U.S. journalist
Police in Pakistan have arrested the leader of a militant group that is said to have murdered the American journalist Daniel Pearl, according to a report in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. Militants abducted Pearl, The Wall Street Journal bureau chief in South Asia, from Karachi in 2002 and taped his brutal murder.
Pearl’s parents reacted to the arrest of Qari Abdul Hayee in a statement, saying: “We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son, Danny.”
“Obamamania” a hit in Israel
If you aren’t aware that President Obama is about to pay a visit to Israel and Palestine, it’s probably because you don’t live there. “Obamamania” is sweeping the area, with fans and dignitaries prepping for the American president’s every move. As The Daily Star reports, here’s a sampler: the Jerusalem city council will display “a decorative light show onto the walls of the Old City throughout the visit so that the president can watch it from his [hotel] room.”
It’s starting to sound like a party where everyone is a little over eager to impress the guest of honor:
For weeks now, Jerusalem has been awash with mostly officially sponsored “Obamamania” which started when the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a public vote on Facebook to decide on an official logo for the visit.
But not everyone is thrilled about Obama’s visit:
A separate Facebook campaign features a no-entry sign over Obama’s face, saying: “Do not enter. The people of Palestine do not welcome you here.”