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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

India’s prime minister takes on rape issue in his first Independence Day speech

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Breaking his silence on rising sexual assaults against women, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told parents to raise their sons properly during a wide-ranging and highly anticipated first Independence Day speech. Although he spoke extensively about … 0

Republican 1st District hopefuls weigh in on Iraq

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Both leading Republicans competing in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District are critical of President Obama’s administration on foreign policy in general, but their views on Iraq in particular differ in specificity, if not substance. The Associated Press recently … 0

Attorney General recuses himself from latest Hassan complaint

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Attorney General Joe Foster has recused himself from reviewing the latest campaign finance complaint filed by the New Hampshire Republican Party, which targets a 2012 contribution made to then-gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan. During that campaign cycle, Foster – a former State Senator from Nashua – was on Hassan’s … 1

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pope Francis urged Asia’s Catholic youth Thursday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject “inhuman” economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of Asia’s powerhouses where financial … 0

MISSOURI: Police: Slain teen a suspect

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Authorities in Ferguson, Mo., yesterday began telling their version of the events surrounding the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, but the halting, contradictory nature of the account revived popular anger here … 1

Missouri: Objectivity of prosecutor in shooting is questioned

Saturday, August 16, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley yesterday said he is leading an effort to remove the county prosecutor from investigating the Michael Brown case because he believes the prosecutor’s personal experiences and recent statements have tainted his ability to act objectively. Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot … 1

Ukraine strikes APCs from Russia as convoy spat deepens

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine escalated yesterday as the government said its army destroyed part of a column of military vehicles that crossed the border from Russia, even as Vladimir Putin denied any military presence in the country. President Petro Poroshenko said Ukrainian forces destroyed part of the column … 0

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption – making the possible 2016 presidential candidate … 0

Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The European Union yesterday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more … 0

Tens of thousands hold anti-PM rally in Pakistan

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad late yesterday following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric. The twin protests led by Imran Khan and the cleric … 0