Snowden gets nomination for nobel prize
Norwegian politicians Baard Vegard Solhjell and Snorre Valen have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, saying his disclosures of secret U.S. documents have contributed to making the world more peaceful. Snowden will be one of scores of names that the Nobel committee will consider.
Lawmaker sorry after threats
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., touched off a political firestorm after delivering unusually vitriolic threats against a reporter inside the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, just moments after the State of the Union speech. Grimm apologized to the reporter on Wednesday and also issued a statement expressing regret.
Tension building over peace talks
Tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and one of his right-wing political partners boiled into open hostility Wednesday, threatening to reshape Israel's governing coalition in the U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians. The prime minister's office issued a warning Wednesday to Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Jewish Home Party, that if Bennett did not apologize for his criticism of Netanyahu's positions, he could lose his seat in the Cabinet.