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Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, waves during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014. The runoff pits Caid Essebsi against outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki, a veteran rights activist for Dec.21 second round of the presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of yesterday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a four-year-long rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off pro-democracy …

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 …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs the House rules committee and oversaw the vote Thursday to again permit concealed firearms in …

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

Saturday, December 20, 2014

North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. yesterday into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with …

Panama’s Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years …

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks …

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 …

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 …

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 …

N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting …

Normalizing relations could take awhile

Friday, December 19, 2014

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter …