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Of all police killings, why did Ferguson explode?

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of rioting ...

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

Aug 23, 2014

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes ...

Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Aug 22, 2014

Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public’s imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. The Culture Ministry appealed Thursday for “understanding” while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds. The ...

Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

| Aug 22, 2014

Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

by Lara Jakes

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime American and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma is ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge is a charity stunt that has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet — but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ...

Aug 22, 2014

Canada to push Arctic claim in Europe

Canada’s top diplomat will discuss the Arctic with his Scandinavian counterparts in Denmark and Norway next week, it was announced Thursday, a trip that will raise suspicions in Russia. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will specifically bring up “the challenges and opportunities facing the ...

Aug 22, 2014

Two U.S. Ebola patients leave hospital as virus wiped out

Two U.S. health workers infected with Ebola in Liberia were released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after treatment there helped wipe out the deadly virus from their blood. Kent Brantly, a doctor, was discharged Thursday. Nancy Writebol, an aid worker, was released Aug. ...

Aug 22, 2014

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he ...

Aug 22, 2014

New U.S. restrictions on painkiller to take effect

The U.S. government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, a highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be ...

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

| Aug 22, 2014

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

by Peter Apps

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe, Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different from those of the latter half of the 20th century. The West then was ...