World Bulletin / News Desk
CNN's Candy Crowley will become the first woman in 20 years tomoderate a U.S. presidential debate when she questions U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney in October.
The cable network's chief political correspondent is set to lead one of three debates before the Nov. 6 general election, the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates said on Monday.
"I am wowed, amazed and excited by the opportunity to moderate a 2012 presidential debate," Crowley said.
The move follows a recent push for a female moderator since ABC's Carole Simpson in 1992. The commission made no mention of the gender milestone in making its announcement, only the moderators' expertise.
"These journalists bring extensive experience to the job of moderating, and understand the importance of using the expanded time periods to maximum benefit," the commission's co-chairmen Frank Fahrenkopf and Michael McCurry said.
Several female U.S. lawmakers and other women's groups pressed for a newswoman to lead adebate after three New Jersey teen-aged girls began an online petition at Change.org. The girls also called on Romney and Obama, a Democrat, for support.
"It is long past due to have a woman on the same stage as the men running for president," one of the girls, Sammi Siegel, wrote online. Their petition drew 170,000 signatures, several lawmakers said earlier this month.
Other debate moderators include PBS Newshour's Jim Lehrer on Oct. 3 and CBS News' Bob Schiefferon Oct. 22. Both have led several past presidential debates. ABC News' Martha Raddatz will moderatethe Oct. 11 debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running-mate U.S. RepresentativePaul Ryan of Wisconsin.
"Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers."
In a statement, the U.S. Embassy said the arms shipments started on Thursday and so far had included 480 anti-tank guided missiles, more than 1,500 M16-A4 rifles, and "many mortars".
The rallies coincide with rival protests staged by thousands of Shiite Houthis
Human rights watch calls decision to dismiss charges against former leader for role in 2010 violent crackdown of protesters serious setback for accountability.
Fighters from the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS) have demonstrated knowledge of the CIA's waterboarding interrogation method.
Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, became the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola
Mosques, monasteries, churches, tombs, shrines and archaeological sites were all under threat by rebels from the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS) militia
The murder of U.S. journalist James Foley almost two weeks ago by a man suspected of being a British national has prompted demaands for extra security measures
The number of Syrian refugees left stranded by their country's ongoing civil war has surpassed 3 million, and 6.5 million are also displaced within Syria
Sharif said he had nothing to do with the army's decision to step into the conflict. But the army swiftly denied this, saying it had been specifically instructed by the government to step in.
About 80 U.N. soldiers from the Philippines remain locked down in two camps on the Syrian side of the frontier
A spokesman for Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar denied the claim that one of his planes was shot down by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council.
Ukrainian officials say public support for joining the alliance is mounting, and they have increasingly spoken about needing the formal protection of the alliance.
A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across the southern city and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order
South African Magistrate Stanley Mkhari said four men - two Rwandan and two Tanzanians - were guilty of the first count to commit murder four years ago
Jimmy Carter, who is 2006 wrote a book that criticized Israel for enforcing a worse system of Apartheid than that which was witnessed in South Africa recently blamed Israel again for deliberately starting the current war with Hamas.