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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 general’s office in the afternoon and asked numerous questions about the story. He said he rejected requests to reveal his sources and … 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 makeshift shields, hammered through barbed wire and locks connecting shipping containers together that authorities put … 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. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko prepared to host German Chancellor Angela Merkel this weekend before heading … 0

N.H. GOP staffer charged with disorderly conduct in chicken suit incident

Monday, August 18, 2014

A 23-year-old New Hampshire Republican Party staffer who the police said harassed two top Democratic officeholders during a parade faces a September court date on a charge of disorderly conduct. The Londonderry police told WMUR that Michael Zona of Manchester was wearing a chicken suit and aggressively clucking … 3

Pathologist: Missouri teen may have had his hands raised

Monday, August 18, 2014

An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by the police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was … 2

Missouri police shooting draws protesters from near, far

Monday, August 18, 2014

Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring communities and … 2

Federal autopsy ordered in Missouri teen’s death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban … 2

Top bid for tallest New England lighthouse is $78K

Monday, August 18, 2014

The tallest lighthouse in New England will likely soon have a new owner. The federal government yesterday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s coast. … 0

Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, said Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, … 0

Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza truce talks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Palestinians appeared divided yesterday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to an Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, … 0

Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq’s largest dam

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces yesterday wrested back part of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said. The U.S. began targeting fighters from the … 0

Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said yesterday. However, the military acknowledged that another one of its fighter … 0

Texas Gov. Perry defends veto that led to charges

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors. “I stood up … 0