By Steve Benen
This is not a “spend more time with the family” departure — this was more of a dismissal. The White House simply lost confidence in the Pentagon chief.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, a U.S. defense official said on Monday, adding that President Barack Obama had accepted his resignation. Hagel will remain in the Pentagon’s top post until a successor is named, the official said. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
By Khalid Abdelaziz TABIT, Sudan (Reuters) – Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region. UNAMID, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, was deployed seven years ago to stem violence against civilians during a civil war in which the Sudanese government was accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. …
When plans were announced to build a giant new transoceanic canal across Nicaragua, the young Hong Kong businessman leading the project acknowledged the widespread skepticism. “We don’t want it to become an international joke,” said Wang Jing, a 40-year-old with no significant engineering experience and a background he described as “very normal.”