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Colorado student quits high school choir over Islamic song praising 'Allah'

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Published February 15, 2012

A Colorado high school student says he quit the school choir after an Islamic song containing the lyric "there is no truth except Allah" made it into the repertoire.

James Harper, a senior at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, put his objection to singing "Zikr," a song written by Indian composer A.R. Rahman, in an email to Mesa County School District 51 officials. When the school stood by choir director Marcia Wieland's selection, Harper said, he quit.

Israel to "settle the score" for Bangkok attack

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CBS News/Associated Press
February 14, 2012 10:48 AM

JERUSALEM - An Israeli Cabinet minister says his country will "settle the score" with the perpetrators of a bombing attempt in Bangkok.

An Iranian man fleeing wounded from an explosion at a rented Bangkok house lobbed a grenade at police that rebounded and blew off one of his legs Tuesday in a series of blasts. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the explosion, which wounded four civilians, was an attempted terrorist attack backed by Iran.

Israel has also blamed Iran for a pair of attacks on Israeli diplomatic targets in India and Georgia on Monday. Tehran has denied responsibility for those attacks.


Admiral: We're prepared for Iran

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By: Associated Press
February 12, 2012 01:01 PM EST 

MANAMA, Bahrain — The top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran’s military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region.

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force’s Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has “built a wide range of potential options to give the president” and is “ready today” to confront any hostile action by Tehran.

He did not outline specifically how the Navy might respond to an Iranian strike or an effort to shut the entrance to the Persian Gulf, though any response would likely involve the two U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships cruising the waters off Iran.


Fort Hood Reforms Incomplete

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By: Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins
February 9, 2012 09:26 PM EST

More than two years ago, Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army-trained psychiatrist, entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, with two loaded pistols and opened fire. He still faces charges of murder and attempted murder in the shootings that left 13 dead and 32 wounded.

Shock gave way to anger when it was reported that Hasan had shown, long before he was stationed at Fort Hood, that he had been radicalized into a violent Islamist extremist. He was a “ticking time bomb,” according to two colleagues. His Army superiors and some in the FBI knew about it.

As chairman and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, we investigated what had gone wrong — and concluded that both the FBI and Defense Department had had enough evidence to prevent the tragedy. Our final report, issued a year ago this month, offered recommendations to improve our counterterrorism defenses.

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