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FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving the lives of Americans being held hostage by some of the world’s most dangerous extremists. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terrorist groups and encouraging more kidnappings. By paying … 0

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Israel stepped up its campaign against Hamas yesterday, killing three of the Gaza-based group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas’s inner sanctum was launched minutes after the men emerged from tunnel hideouts, … 0

2nd District candidates disagree on Iraq strategy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BC-NH--House-New Hampshire-Iraq, 1st Ld-Writethru,547 2nd District candidates disagree on Iraq strategy Eds: Updates with more details of the candidates’ positions, quotes from candidates, background on current situation in Iraq. By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Republican congressional hopeful Gary Lambert says the U.S. should not redeploy troops to Iraq under any circumstances, while his two primary opponents in the 2nd District … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

President Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and … 4

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago’s southern suburbs yesterday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that the police said began as a robbery attempt. … 0

Afghanistan bars NY Times reporter from leaving country

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Afghanistan’s attorney general banned a New York Times reporter from leaving the country yesterday pending an investigation into a controversial story about purported plans by unidentified officials to take power if a political crisis continues. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, said last night that he was summoned to the attorney … 0

Tens of thousands march on Pakistan’s parliament

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes marched on Pakistan’s parliament yesterday, removing barriers blocking them from soldiers guarding the seat of the country’s government. The protesters, wearing masks and carrying … 0

Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Government troops pressed attacks yesterday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced an additional 300,000. … 0

Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said yesterday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective. The World Health Organization said the death … 0

Egyptian cease-fire efforts collapse

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed in heavy fighting yesterday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least … 0

Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer said he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, … 0

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson’s leaders urged residents yesterday to stay home after dark to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old … 0

Poll: Common Core loses support

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards – and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. The … 1