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Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The extremists of the Islamic State have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of pushback – both from companies swiftly censoring objectionable content and users determined not to let it go viral. Public disgust with the … 0

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes yesterday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a … 0

Homeless man fights Hudson’s panhandling crackdown

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The town of Hudson’s officials and police officers are violating the free-speech rights of the poor and the homeless by harassing and arresting panhandlers who use signs to solicit handouts, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union said yesterday in a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed against the town in federal court in Concord, seeks a court order that town officials stop interfering with the … 0

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

Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like ‘wartime’

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said yesterday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still unknown. … 0

Nation & world briefs, Aug. 16

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New York Kidnapped Amish girls returned home safe Residents of a peaceful rural community in upstate New York are reluctant to let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their family’s roadside stand, officials said … 0

Analysis: The Pentagon gave nearly half a billion dollars of military gear to local law enforcement last year

Friday, August 15, 2014

The events in Ferguson, Mo., this week are an uncomfortable reminder of the militarization of America’s small-town law enforcement agencies. The photos coming out of the town – of heavily armed officers in full combat gear squaring off … 2