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2 hours ago Afghan civilian casualty figures for first half of year highest since 2009
KABUL — Civilian deaths and injuries from the Afghan conflict remained at “record high levels” during the first half of this year, a new United Nations report has found. The report, released here Wednesday, said 1,592 civilians had been killed and 3,329 injured between January and June.Read full article >>









5 hours ago It may not look like it, but a Colombia peace agreement could be within reach
BOGOTA, Colombia — The ­process of ending Colombia’s ­half-century war with leftist guerrillas has been its own multiyear struggle of halting talks, aborted cease-fires, frustration and distrust.Deadly attacks by both sides and escalating rhetoric threw the process into doubt earlier this year, but experts say recent moves signal that a settlement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be within reach.Read full article >>


















11 hours ago The military operation in Gaza that still haunts Israel one year later
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP — It all began at a hole in the ground in a field of melons, when an Israeli reconnaissance squad surprised Hamas militiamen near a tunnel entrance. A vicious firefight erupted, just a few bursts long but enough to leave two Israeli soldiers and one Palestinian militant dead. Read full article >>









11 hours ago On Greek island, paradise becomes a purgatory for newly arrived migrants
NORTHEASTERN LESBOS, Greece — The heaving rubber raft, packed with 49 people, had motored more than halfway across the narrow strait that separates Turkey from Greece when it began to rapidly fill with water.Read full article >>









20 hours ago It may not look like it, but a Colombia peace agreement could be within reach
BOGOTA, Colombia — The process of ending Colombia’s half-century war with leftist guerrillas has been its own multiyear struggle of halting talks, aborted cease-fires, frustration and distrust.Deadly attacks by both sides and escalating rhetoric threw the process into doubt earlier this year, but experts say recent moves signal that a settlement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be within reach.Read full article >>


















Yesterday For the first time, U.S. launches armed flights over Syria from Turkish base
The U.S. military has begun flying armed aircraft over Syria from Turkey, the Pentagon said Monday, a move that could expand its ability to carry out airstrikes to protect U.S.-trained rebels in northern Syria.Read full article >>









Yesterday The military operation in Gaza that still haunts Israel one year later
RAFAH, Gaza Strip — It all began at a hole in the ground in a field of melons, when an Israeli reconnaissance squad surprised Hamas militia near a tunnel entrance. A vicious firefight erupted, just a few bursts long, but enough to leave two Israeli soldiers and one Hamas militant dead. Read full article >>









Yesterday Watching porn in India just got a lot more difficult
NEW DELHI — India’s government clamped down on more than 850 pornographic Web sites over the weekend, directing Internet service providers to cut off access even as critics said it is impossible to police the Web.Read full article >>









Yesterday On Kerry visit, Arab nations express support for Iran nuclear agreement
DOHA, Qatar — Persian Gulf Arab states on Monday publicly endorsed the Iran nuclear deal during a visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who said the United States would step up arms sales and intelligence-sharing to counter Iran’s “destabilizing activities” in the region.Read full article >>









Yesterday Watching porn in India just got a lot more difficult
NEW DELHI — India’s government clamped down on more than 850 pornographic Web sites over the weekend, directing Internet service providers to block access even as critics said it is impossible to police the Web. Read full article >>









Yesterday Watching porn in India just got a lot more difficult
NEW DELHI — India’s government clamped down on more than 850 pornographic Web sites over the weekend by asking Internet companies to block access, even as many users complained online and critics said that it was impossible to police the Internet. Read full article >>









Yesterday Healthy British nurse ends her life in a Swiss clinic because of fear of getting old
A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday.Read full article >>









Aug 3 In a nation with plenty of tragedy, Afghan comic generates plenty of laughs
KABUL — On a street corner, surrounded by unemployed men, Ibrahim Abed is holding court. Wearing a mop-top wig and ragged clothes, his eyes are hazy as he slurs toward a television camera. On this day, he’s a drug addict — and he’s running for office.Read full article >>









Aug 3 Healthy British nurse ends her life in a Swiss clinic because of fear of getting old
A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of growing old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday.Read full article >>









Aug 2 Can India’s most famous political scion, Rahul Gandhi, get it together?
MAMILAKUNTAPALLI, India — For more than a decade, Rahul Gandhi, the heir apparent of India’s oldest political dynasty, has dodged the mantle of leadership. His countrymen nearly gave up on him last year when he led his party to a disastrous showing in national polls. Read full article >>









Aug 2 Israeli leaders propose harsh new measures to fight ‘Jewish terrorism’
JERUSALEM — Israeli leaders proposed harsh new measures Sunday to curb “Jewish terrorism,” following a wave of extremist violence that left Israeli and Palestinian children dead in knife and arson attacks.Read full article >>









Aug 2 Kerry visits Egypt as its repression grows
CAIRO — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday told Egyptian officials they need to “balance” their campaign against anti-government militants by easing up on repressive measures imposed on the press, charitable organizations and peaceful protesters.Read full article >>









Aug 2 Can India’s most famous political scion, Rahul Gandhi, get it together?
Mamilakuntapalli, INDIA — For more than a decade, Rahul Gandhi, the heir-apparent of India’s oldest political dynasty, has dodged the mantle of leadership. His countrymen nearly gave up on him last year when he led his party to a disastrous showing in national polls. Read full article >>









Aug 2 Israeli teen dies from attack on gay pride parade
JERUSALEM — An Israeli teenager who was stabbed by a Jewish extremist at a gay pride parade last week succumbed to her wounds Sunday, just hours after thousands of Israelis held anti-violence rallies across the country protesting attacks by Israeli assailants against gays and Palestinians.Read full article >>









Aug 2 Israelis hold anti-violence rallies after attacks against Palestinians, gays
JERUSALEM — Thousands of Israelis held anti-violence rallies across the country Saturday night protesting recent acts by Jewish extremists following a firebomb attack on a Palestinian home Friday morning that left one baby dead and a stabbing at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem where six people were injured.Read full article >>









Aug 2 Life in a Pakistani village so remote, kings once banished prisoners to it
SHIMSHAL VALLEY, Pakistan — For centuries, this tiny village in the far northern tip of Pakistan has been known as the home of some of central Asia’s toughest inhabitants. From this rugged, 10,000-foot plateau in the Karakorum Mountains, residents used to have to walk for up to a week to reach another settlement. The journey, which involved crossing an icy river dozens of times, was so grueling that monarchs banished prisoners to live here — assuming they survived the walk. Read full article >>


















Aug 1 A divided Taliban clings to war in wake of leader’s death
KABUL — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their long-chilly relations with Kabul and reinforced by a supportive recent statement from the supreme Taliban leader, Mohammad Omar.Read full article >>









Aug 1 You can’t understand Pope Francis without Juan Perón — and Evita
BUENOS AIRES —A few years ago, when he was not yet Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, made a visit to the convent where he attended kindergarten in the city’s Flores neighborhood. The nuns gathered around.Read full article >>









Aug 1 A divided Taliban clings to war in wake of leader’s death
KABUL — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their long-chilly relations with Kabul, and reinforced by a supportive recent statement from the supreme Taliban leader, Mohammed Omar.Read full article >>









Aug 1 Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch threatens to attack all U.S.-backed rebels
KILIS, Turkey — Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate threatened to attack all U.S.-backed rebels entering the country, after the U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes on the jihadists’ positions in Syria in retaliation for the abduction of members of a rebel brigade trained by the Pentagon. Read full article >>









Aug 1 The flow of jihadists into Syria dries up as Turkey cracks down on the border
KARKAMIS, Turkey — For years, Turkey’s porous border with Syria provided a lifeline for the Islamic State, allowing the group to ferry weapons and fighters to a war zone where it was building its brutal “caliphate.”Read full article >>









Aug 1 British leader pledges tougher line to block migrant crush across Channel
LONDON — Britain’s prime minister pledged Friday to send extra fencing and sniffer dogs across the English Channel to the French port of Calais as part of escalating efforts to block desperate migrants attempting to cross to England via the undersea tunnel.Read full article >>