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U.K. devolves new powers to Scotland

Jan 23, 2015

U.K. devolves new powers to Scotland

The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland on Thursday, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges. The draft bill, to be enacted after a general election on May 7, will ...

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

Jan 23, 2015

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

Yemen’s president resigned Thursday, saying he had reached a “deadlock” in talks with Shiite rebels who rule the capital and had confined him to his home. His resignation raised fears the Arab world’s poorest country could again split apart, severely complicating U.S. efforts to ...

Jan 23, 2015

Give Iran diplomacy a chance, Europeans urge Congress

Top European diplomats on Thursday waded into the political fray in Washington over Iran, urging U.S. lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions and pleading for time to allow nuclear talks to succeed. “Maintaining pressure on Iran through our existing sanctions is essential,” four ...

Jan 22, 2015

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure, buoyed by conservative gains in the November elections. On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and ...