070821_starjones_vmed2pwidec.jpgStar Jones Blasts Walters for Contents of Memoir
– Nearly two years after Star Jones left “The View” on rocky terms, the 46-year-old TV personality has criticized former boss Barbara Walters for writing about her. In Walters’ new memoir, “Audition,” she discusses how Jones wouldn’t acknowledge her gastric bypass surgery on the air. She also writes about Jones’ lavish wedding, which wound up alienating viewers as Jones accepted gifts in return for promotion. “It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character,” Jones told Us Weekly magazine. (Continue Reading…)

UN: Congo Factions Still Recruiting Child Fighters
Armed groups in Congo’s violence-torn east have ignored pledges made this year to stop recruiting children to fight and to free minors already in their ranks, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Dozens of rebel movements and local militias signed up to a Jan. 23 peace accord with Congo’s government meant to end a lingering decade-old conflict in North and South Kivu provinces. However, daily ceasefire violations have rocked the plan and U.N. officials say armed groups have flouted their obligations to respect human rights and stop using child soldiers. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Calls for End to Primary Fight
A new front opened in Barack Obama’s battle to clinch the nomination when he asked uncommitted Democratic officials, known as superdelegates, to accept that the race is over and to focus on winning the November election. “We have a clear path to victory,” he said. “But now is the time for each one of us to step up and do what we can to close out this primary.” (Continue Reading…)

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