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Apr 24th, 2011

Summary: “Urbi et Orbi” — Pope Benedict XVI offered an Easter prayer from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for diplomacy to prevail over warfare in Libya and for citizens of the Middle East to build a new society based on respect. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 24, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that an explosion that killed an American and an Afghan soldier on a military base in Kabul on April 19, 2010 was carried out by a suicide bomber, the second time in five months an insurgent had managed to infiltrate a base.

Apr 4th, 2010

Summary: Three car bombs shook central Baghdad in quick succession on Easter Sunday, killing at least 35 people. Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter message to the city and the world, Urbi et Orbi. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 4, 2009, Aubrey Immelman provided an update on the security situation in North Korea and reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann announced forums in St. Cloud and Woodbury to debunk global climate change and President Obama’s proposed carbon “cap and tax” plans, featuring Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.