A.M. Links: Federal Investigation of Sheriff Joe Closed, Suicide Bombings in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mitt Romney Invited Clint Eastwood, Barack Obama Not Offended

News from Arizona to Central Asia


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    Federal investigators have closed the abuse of power investigation of Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio without filing any charges.

  • At least two Americans were injured in a suicide attack on a U.S. consular vehicle in Pakistan.
  • A double suicide bombing outside a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 17 and wounded two, while the U.S. has suspended training the Afghan Local Police after a spate of attacks by uniformed Afghans on U.S. and NATO forces.
  • An imam in Pakistan is accused of planting burned pages of the Quran in a disabled Christian teen's book bag, causing her to be subject to charges of blasphemy, which carry the death penalty there.
  • Israel removed settlers from Migron in the West Bank because the settlers built their homes on private Palestinian property without a permit.
  • Mitt Romney apparently invited Clint Eastwood to speak at the RNC personally, while President Obama says he's a huge fan of the actor and director's work and wasn't offended by his remarks at the RNC.
  • The Rev. Sun Moon, founder of the Unification Church and the Washington Times, died this weekend at 92