Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Call for Prosecution
Outgoing U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is taking the first step toward prosecution of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and threats against the U.S. Bolton, along with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Dore Gold, will release documents Thursday calling for an indictment on a charge of inciting genocide. The group intends to present its case to the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice in the coming weeks. The group says Ahmadinejad's rhetoric has violated a 1948 U.N. genocide convention — which was signed by Iran.
With Cuban leader Fidel Castro reported near death — the Homeland Security Department is preparing for the possibility of a mass influx of refugees from Cuba after he dies. The Houston Chronicle says there is concern of a repeat of the Mariel Boatlift — which saw 125,000 Cubans come to U.S. shores in 1980. Plans reportedly call for Cuban immigrants to be sent to detention centers across the country if there are too many to be handled in Florida. One expert in the U.S. puts the number of people currently in Cuba who want to leave at a half million.
Talks Broke off
U.S. Airways has confirmed to FOX News that it broke off talks with the six imams who were taken off a jet in Minneapolis last month after they obtained legal representation from CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
U.S. Airways says it continues to support the actions of its crew — which had the imams removed after they were heard praying loudly in the terminal — then took up a seating pattern that is associated with terrorism — and some of the men asked for seat belt extensions while not appearing to need them.
CAIR tells FOX it is seeking "some kind of resolution" — and would not rule out a financial settlement.
Wheel of Misfortune
And animal rights activists in Germany want to block the construction of a giant ferris wheel in Berlin — because they say it will disturb the sex lives of rhinos in a nearby zoo. Reuters reports the $203 million, 574 foot tall wheel is being proposed by investors hoping to attract millions of visitors. But Berlin's animal rights association says the fully illuminated wheel will disturb the rhinos' daily routine and could stifle their attempts at breeding.
—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.
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