Quote of the day.
"The situation is dramatic, the snow is up to five metres [16 feet] high in some areas, you can only see rooftops." - Dr. Milorad Dramacanin, who took part in helicopter evacuations in central Serbia, speaking of conditions in eastern Europe that have caused more than 120 cold-related deaths and at least 11,000 people trapped by heavy snow in mountain villages in Serbia.
1. Romney's immigration view at odds with his church.
"While Mitt Romney is taking a hard line on immigration even as the Republican primaries head toward the heavily Hispanic states of Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, the Mormon Church to which he belongs has become a decisive player in promoting policies that are decidedly more friendly toward immigrants."
(New York Times)
2. Jobless rate drops to 8.3 percent.
"The economy created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.3 percent, indicating last quarter''s growth carried into early 2012."
3. 'Right-to-work' fight builds in Minnesota.
"The political strife over union power that has resounded through Capitol rotundas in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana may be on its way to Minnesota as Republican legislators push for a "right-to-work" constitutional amendment on the November ballot."
4. '1 percenters' dish millions, alter race for White House.
"Forget about the poor, the unemployed and the sinking middle class participating in the democratic process. The race for the presidency is increasingly being bankrolled by ''1 percenters'' — those among the richest of Americans."
5. Komen founder defends Planned Parenthood decision.
"As the backlash grew against the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Curefoundation to cease awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, Komen officials ended two days of silence on Thursday and tried to manage the uproar."
(Los Angeles Times)
6. Israeli leaders: Iran must be stopped soon.
"One of the bluntest warnings to date of possible airstrikes against Iranian nuclear sites adds to the anxiety in Western capitals that a surprise attack could spark a broader military conflict in the Middle East."
7. Iran warns of retaliation over oil sanctions.
"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday Iran would retaliate over Western-backed oil sanctions and any threat of attack, after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was cited as saying he feared a possible Israeli strike as early as April."
8. U.S. will keep fighting as Afghans take the lead.
"Reacting to consternation among NATO allies, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta sought to clarify on Thursday night that American troops would not step back entirely from combat in Afghanistan next year but would allow Afghan security forces a 'lead' role."
(New York Times)
9. Deaths in Egypt protests over football riot.
"Two killed in Suez, two in Cairo and 1689 wounded after two days of clashes following deadly football violence."
10. Russia threatens UN veto on Syria.
"Russian officials say they will veto a new draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria if it is put to a vote on Friday, according to diplomats."