International / National / News / January 19, 2011

News Briefs: Jan. 14-19

STANFORD, Conn.—Senator Joeseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced he would not be seeking a fifth term as a U.S. Senator. The 2000 Democratic nominee for Vice President said that his approach to politics was too independent-minded to work in the current political system. Lieberman vowed to continue working to strengthen his party and laid out his priorities for his final two years in office. Democrats announced that they expect to be able to retain Lieberman’s seat in the next election. (

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple recently released figures showing their first-quarter earnings to be six billion dollars in profit. The news came on the heels of Chief Executive Steve Jobs’ announcement that he would be taking a leave of absence due to health reasons for the third time in seven years, though he would retain his position as CEO. Apple’s success comes in the wake of large sales of the iPhone and iPad. (

BEIJING—Taiwan tested 19 missiles on Tuesday, six of which missed their mark. Although their president, Ma Ying-jeou, previously claimed to have more concern over natural disasters than the presence of China, he appeared disappointed by the results and wanted Taiwan to improve their military. The test came on the eve of a meeting between President Obama and China’s President Hu Jintao. Taiwan, which is claimed by China, remains a problem for U.S. and Chinese relations. (

Katy Sutcliffe

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