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In this Monday, Aug 18, 2014 file photo, Iraqi Shiite fighters make their way to the front line to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. The Shiite fighters are credited for curbing the Sunni militants advance on Baghdad and the surrounding areas and for achieving significant progress on the ground, including breaking the extremists' siege on the northern Shiite-majority town of Amerli in August and later, in operations to liberate Jurf al-Sakher, a town south of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq’s Shiite fighters desert over shortages

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State, but after less than three months on the front lines, he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food. “Sometimes, we didn’t have enough money to buy mobile scratch cards to call our families,” …

Churches stake out new ground in N.H.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

In this mostly secular pocket of the country, after years of declining attendance, some churches have upended the trend by bucking tradition. Local pastors said people are frustrated by the politicization of religion and the petty arguments between Christian denominations. Randall Balmer, the chairman of Dartmouth College’s religion department, said it started in …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling Legislature, with its feuding Republican factions – move on. “I think it’s time to accept …

Raul Castro: Don’t expect detente to change Cuban system

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington yesterday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro’s …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, similar agencies on the horizon again

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Women’s health agencies and their supporters, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, are bracing for yet another attempt to strip state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, plans to …

New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – …

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Saturday, December 20, 2014

President Obama declared yesterday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we …

Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pakistan hanged two convicted militants yesterday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan – part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of …

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. So far, the larger-than-life retired Cuban leader has made no public comment on the biggest news in …

Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared …

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court yesterday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and …

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, the Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking …