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47 min ago Afghanistan’s justice system is moving faster — maybe too fast
KABUL — When defense lawyer Saif-u-Rahman Zahid showed up at a courthouse here two weeks ago to represent an Afghan police officer, he wasn’t even sure what charge his client faced. Before he could pick up the case file, a judge told him the trial was about to start. Read full article >>







47 min ago Kerry attends inauguration of Nigeria's new president
ABUJA, Nigeria — Muhammadu Buhari, who last led this country as a military dictator three decades ago, was sworn in as its elected president Friday in the first civilian transfer of power in Nigerian history.Read full article >>







47 min ago Islamic State claims militants carried out twin blasts at Baghdad hotels
BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants asserted responsibility Friday for coordinated attacks on two of the Iraqi capital’s most upmarket hotels. The bombings claimed at least 15 lives as lavish weekend wedding parties were in full swing.Read full article >>







47 min ago WorldViews: In Egypt to meet moderate Muslims, France’s far-right leader is scolded for her views on
Marine le Pen, the leader of the popular French far right National Front party, has often seemed at loggerheads with Islam. Just after the devastating attacks in Paris this year, for example, she tweeted: "It is the Islamists who have declared war on France."Read full article >>







47 min ago WorldViews: After 33 years, the U.S. drops Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Here’s
The U.S. State Department's formally removed Cuba from its official list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move signals a significant, symbolic step toward the normalization of ties between Washington and Havana and the potential opening of embassies in both countries.Read full article >>







4 hours ago Does Brazil’s ‘Frank Underwood' support the government -- or does he want it to fall?
RIO DE JANEIRO — An evangelical Christian who plays rock drums and has been likened to Frank Underwood, the ambitious schemer in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” has upended Brazil’s politics since being elected speaker of the country’s lower house four months ago. Read full article >>







4 hours ago Islamic State claims militants carried out twin blasts at Baghdad hotels
BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants asserted responsibility Friday for coordinated attacks on two of the Iraqi capital’s most upmarket hotels, claiming at least 15 lives after blasts struck as lavish weekend wedding parties were in full swing.Read full article >>







7 hours ago Double hotel bombing strikes Iraqi capital
BAGHDAD — A coordinated bomb attack hit two of the Iraqi capital’s most upmarket hotels Thursday night in a strike at targets frequented by foreigners and wealthy Iraqis.Two cars rigged with explosives blew up within minutes of each other around midnight Thursday, a security official said. At least 15 people were killed and 42 injured, the Associated Press reported.Read full article >>







7 hours ago Kerry attends inauguration of Nigeria's new president
ABUJA, Nigeria — Mohammadu Buhari, who last led this country as a military dictator three decades ago, was sworn in as its elected president Friday in the first civilian transfer of power in Nigerian history.Read full article >>







10 hours ago Brazilian opposition leader Eduardo Cunha sets sights on the presidency
RIO DE JANEIRO — An evangelical Christian who plays rock drums and has been likened to Frank Underwood, the ambitious schemer in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” has upended Brazil’s politics since being elected speaker of the country’s lower house four months ago. Read full article >>







10 hours ago WorldViews: Kazakhstan’s ecological mystery: Why have over 100,000 saiga antelopes died in just a fe
As a species, saiga antelopes have endured a lot. They once roamed the Earth with Wooly Mammoths during the last Ice Age and but were almost driven to extinction by a loss of habitat and hunting during the late-20th century. Now the distinctive animals, easily distinguished by their large noses and prized for their meat and horns, are considered an endangered species and protected by the government of Kazakhstan.Read full article >>







10 hours ago WorldViews: Map: The world according to the Islamic State
The Islamic State had one of its most successful weeks recently with the capture of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria. But another statement about the group is also quite disturbing: The militants established 10 networks outside of Iraq and Syria, according to the Soufan Group.Read full article >>







Today Iran envoy: Nuclear talks possible beyond June 30 deadline
Negotiations seeking to reach a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers could extend beyond a self-imposed June 30 deadline and are not bound by a “specific time,” a senior Iranian envoy said Wednesday.Read full article >>







16 hours ago Double hotel bombing strikes Iraqi capital
BAGHDAD — A coordinated bomb attack hit two of the Iraqi capital’s most upmarket hotels Thursday night in a strike at targets frequented by foreigners and wealthy Iraqis.Two cars rigged with explosives blew up within minutes of each other around midnight Thursday, a security official said. At least 10 people were killed and 27 injured, the Associated Press reported.Read full article >>







19 hours ago For a new American ambassador, India is a kind of homecoming
JALANDHAR, India — A quiet stroll around the old neighborhood had been planned. But word spread quickly that U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma was returning to his family’s home in northern India after years in the United States. Read full article >>







19 hours ago Report: Western women are attracted to Islamic State for complex reasons
LONDON — Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become “jihadi brides,” according to a new British research report.Read full article >>







19 hours ago World Digest: May 28, 2015
FranceHollande: Britain should stay in E.U.France wants Britain to remain in the European Union, President François Hollande said Thursday after talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who insisted the status quo in Europe was “not good enough.”Read full article >>







22 hours ago Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret
MOSCOW — If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops — something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to the contrary.Read full article >>







22 hours ago Report: Western women are attracted to Islamic State for complex reasons
LONDON — Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become a “jihadi bride,” according to a new British research report.Read full article >>







22 hours ago WorldViews: Chart: The mystery behind a dramatic rise in executions in Saudi Arabia
This week, Saudi Arabia announced the executions of Awad al-Rowaili and Lafi al-Shammary. These two men had been found guilty of smuggling amphetamines in the northern region of Jawf, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. Their executions were followed on Wednesday by news of the killing of Hussein Daghriri in the southern province of Jazan. Daghriri had been found guilty in a murder, the SPA reported.Read full article >>







22 hours ago WorldViews: The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces has joined the Islamic State
In late April, the chief of an elite police unit in Tajikistan disappeared. Relatives said Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, who commanded the Tajik Interior Ministry's special forces, had gone on a business trip. Other rumors suggested he had vanished after falling out with colleagues at a high-level meeting.Read full article >>







Yesterday WorldViews: British tourists say their Greek holidays are being ruined by Syrian refugees
The world is in the middle of a full-blown migration crisis, with conflicts and poverty leading people to take terrifying risks in the slim hope of a new and better life on other shores. You see it in places like Lebanon, where around a quarter of the population is now Syrian refugees, or in Southeast Asia, where Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants attempt perilous and grueling journeys over sea.Read full article >>







Yesterday Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret
MOSCOW—If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops – something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to the contrary.Read full article >>







Yesterday For a new American envoy, India is a homecoming
JALANDHAR, India — A quiet stroll around the old neighborhood had been planned. But word spread quickly that U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma was returning to his family’s home in northern India after years in the United States. Read full article >>







Yesterday WorldViews: Why the FIFA arrests made Russia so angry with the U.S.
News of the arrest of prominent officials in FIFA, world soccer's governing body, on U.S. federal corruption charges triggered a fair amount of jubilation among soccer fans, keen to see the murky administration of the world's most beloved sport cleaned up.Read full article >>







Yesterday Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
JERUSALEM — The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer’s war with Israel to carry out abductions, torture and ­extrajudicial executions with impunity.Read full article >>







Yesterday Brits turn to breast-feeding for pay to wean moms off bottle-feeding culture
LONDON — When Vanessa Purdy spotted a poster inviting her to earn shopping vouchers for breast-feeding, she didn’t think twice about signing up.“I thought, ‘If I can get money for breast-feeding, why not?’ ” the 31-year-old mother said on a recent afternoon as she was nursing her son, James. She spent the vouchers on groceries, vitamins and baby toys, but Purdy said the most valuable part of the scheme was that discussing breast-feeding helped make it “seem more natural.”Read full article >>







Yesterday Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
JERUSALEM — The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer’s war with Israel to carry out abductions, torture and extrajudicial executions with impunity.Read full article >>







Yesterday WorldViews: Islamic State says ‘historical monuments’ of Palmyra are safe — except for the statues
The Islamic State's capture of the Syrian city of Palmyra has caused a great deal of concern around the world, and not just because of the considerable strategic importance of the city itself. Many around the world fear what the Islamic State could do the pre-Islamic ruins just by the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Syria's most important archeological sites.Read full article >>







Yesterday WorldViews: Drinking in a public park in Moscow? Your name could end up on a ‘board of shame.’
MOSCOW — If officials from President Vladimir Putin’s party get their way, a Soviet-style practice of naming and shaming citizens for bad behavior may soon be instituted in the Russian capital.Oleg Smolkin, the United Russia party’s executive head in Moscow, told state-owned news network Moscow 24 this week that there are plans to set up “boards of shame” online and along the entrances of apartment buildings to out residents who commit such petty atrocities as smoking in the wrong place, drinking alcohol on kids' playgrounds, parking their cars on lawns or letting their dogs poop in the wrong section of courtyards.Read full article >>