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Obama's Pragmatism
I think I’m beginning to understand Barack Obama’s concept of pragmatism better. Pragmatism is the name of a school of philosophy. The major point to understand is that, in the pragmatic view, we have to continue working hard at “business as usual,” regardless of what we believe is ethically right or wrong. As I understand it, Obama’s current philosophically-inspired position is that economic success is the major gauge of his leadership, simply because that is the way everything works in our civilization. Many aspects of our system are repugnant, probably as much to Obama as to some of those reading this, but according to his pragmatism we can’t get away from things as they are.

Obama’s is a deeply thought out attitude and not the same as a policy of continuous expediency. He demands that we throw ourselves into the world as we find it. I think he would say that any other attitude amounts to shirking our (his) responsibility to run the country for the good of everyone, including the good of people we detest.

This attitude can be compared with the one advanced by Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived life in Auschwitz while following similar principles. I recommend Frankl’s moving and disturbing book without reservation to anyone who would try to see human beings as we are, inextricably connected to the world around us. In some ways the philosophy of Frankl is the antithesis of the agonized lament, heard in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, that “Hell is other people.”

I’m not sure I can entirely accept either Obama’s pragmatism or Frankl’s grim determination to follow the road on which we find ourselves. Nevertheless I believe these are ideas that we need to take seriously, particularly in light of the current president’s apparently deep commitment to principles such as I am awkwardly trying to characterize here.

If Obama succeeds in getting himself voted in for another term, it will be interesting to find out what he does with his second four years. He may not change his policies, but I’m hoping he will start to explain, in much greater depth, the decisions he is making and the logic he follows in making them.

—Ralph    |  


Wiki-Leaking Bank Information
For anyone interested in learning more about Wikileaks, how it operates, its ethics and an example of the character of one leaker, I recommend watching this video. Probably because of server overload, the video may take up to about 15 minutes to begin playing. It’s worth the wait.
—Ralph    |  


USA Has a Right-Sided Bias
This week’s diplomatic spat between the US and Venezuela illustrates the built-in U.S. bias against leftist governments.
(Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa. […]

In the latest flare-up between the ideological foes, Washington withdrew the visa of ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday in retaliation for the rejection by socialist President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated U.S. envoy to Caracas.

Chavez had blocked [U.S. envoy] Larry Palmer’s arrival, after the diplomat accused Venezuela’s government of close ties to leftist Colombian rebels. [Palmer] also alleged declining morale and growing Cuban influence in Venezuela’s armed forces.

It’s easy to see why U.S. foreign policy is always so strongly biased against leftist governments: there are still substantial remnants of U.S. anti-communism, the pillar upon which most of Washington’s foreign policy rested from the beginning of the Cold War, around 1947, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Throughout 44 years of Cold War polarization, a strong tradition of U.S. anti-leftism became deeply rooted. And even though 20 years has now passed since the collapse of Russian communism, there is still a fixed expectation, both at home and in the rest of the world, that the U.S. will always oppose leftist governments such as Venezuela’s, while glossing over the faults of rightist states like El Salvador, to which

the United States has sent more than $1 billion in military aid […] in the last decade, and $2 billion more in economic assistance.
Anti-communist habits of thought also help explain why, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. press and media still retain a strong right-sided bias. A reflexive “anti-communist” miasma of condemnation subtly permeates the atmosphere when any domestic policy appears to lean leftward.

As long as reactive hatred of communism and reactive fear of terrorism combine to lock U.S. political dialog into a tiny pen, there’s little hope we’ll hear sensible policy discussion any time soon.

—Ralph    |  


Ease of Use
Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

—Ralph    |  


What is a Conservative?
What exactly is an American conservative, anyway? I can’t think of a description that fits the present range of candidates. Is a conservative…
  • A religious fundamentalist who is fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason?
  • A wealthy individual trying to get his taxes reduced by giving money to a politician who promises to cut all taxes?
  • A person opposed to government spending (except for military, CIA, Homeland Security and “Black Ops” spending)?
  • An advocate of “white power,” also opposed to social services and immigration?
  • Someone who believes in “personal responsibility” (except when his or own family needs some kind of help)?
  • A politician who tries to block any legislative proposal advanced by Democrats, including legislation he or she has previously sponsored?
  • Someone who believes “Barack Hussein Obama” is secretly a Kenyan Muslim?
This is, of course, an ironic post, but it also contains a serious question: is there any common set of beliefs shared by self-described American conservatives?
—Ralph    |  


Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |  


Angry with Barack Obama?
I get pretty disappointed, even angry with Obama because he has neither ended the wars nor closed Guantanamo, but then I have to remember how much I hated Lyndon Johnson for his horrible war in Vietnam. Because of the massive public reaction against that war, in 1968 Johnson did not run for a second full term in office.

But now we remember Lyndon Johnson as the president who moved the Civil Rights Act of 1965 through Congress, and signed it.

It’s true that Barack Obama isn’t the most popular president, and that he’s not helping other Democrats. Those are the unfortunate facts. But we can still hope that the legislation Obama and this Congress have passed will help the country over the long term.

—Ralph    |  



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British public sector workers
strike over 'poverty pay'


Man charged with murder in
Texas shooting deaths of six


Citizen scientists out of options
to rescue old NASA satellite


Insurgents enter military base
northeast of Baghdad: officials


U.S. prosecutors decline criminal
probe in CIA-Senate dispute


Lawmakers eye U.S. immigration law
changes for Central American children


U.S. Senate tax-writers agree on
$10.8 billion transport funding plan


Friend of accused Boston bomber
watched bag hauled away: agent


Auto union to form branch for workers
at Volkswagen plant in Tennessee


White House opposes extending
business depreciation tax break


Iran nuclear talks sides far
apart, paper quotes UK's Hague


Hundreds of U.S. lawmakers seek
role in Iran nuclear talks


Colorado judge backs county
clerk over gay marriage licenses


Berlin tells CIA station
chief to leave in spy scandal


Myanmar jails reporters,
newspaper boss for 10 years


North Carolina voter law hurts
African Americans: Justice Department


Catalan language revival
fuels backlash in Spain


WTC cleanup workers may renew
health claims: U.S. appeals court


Exclusive: Coastal flooding has
surged in U.S., Reuters finds


U.S. imposes sanctions on
Lebanese firm for Hezbollah ties


Bahrain charges opposition leader
over meeting with U.S. diplomat


U.S. Senate committee advances
bill on cell phone unlocking


Palestinian death toll rises to 77
as Israel hits Gaza over rocket fire


Turkish parliament gives legal
recognition to Kurdish peace talks


U.N. urges Saudi Arabia to
release activists, halt lashings


Seven killed in Massachusetts
apartment blaze -fire officials


World cities, home to most people, to
add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.


Obstruction trial in Boston
bombing focuses on Web searches


Philadelphia man accused of
being Nazi guard denied bail


U.S. judge blocks New Hampshire law
creating abortion clinic buffers


Man sentenced to year in jail in
Detroit mob beating of motorist


Japan cyber attacks on government sites
surge, government mulling steps to respond


Central U.S. to see cold
snap next week: NWS


Germany asks top U.S. intelligence
official to leave over spy scandal


Kerry, ministers to join Iran
nuclear talks in Vienna: official


Philadelphia mayor rebuked for response
to fire that killed four children


Greek far-right Golden Dawn's
spokesman jailed awaiting trial


U.S. weather forecaster still sees
70 percent chance of summer El Nino


Top Connecticut court to hear death
penalty appeal in rare summer session


More Ukrainian soldiers killed;
France, Germany press Putin


Bruised Iraqi army leans on
Shi'ite militias, volunteers


Germany asks intelligence official
at U.S. embassy to leave country


Militants in Lebanon seek
to emulate Islamic State


U.N. evacuates dozens of
foreign staff from Libya


Texts from accused Boston bomber
at issue in obstruction trial


Part of U.S. Capitol closed to
probe asbestos incident: officials


Merkel says spying on
allies is a waste of energy


EU imposes sanctions on South
Sudanese military leaders


Bulgaria's center-right leads
in first poll since EU vote


Engine fire triggers new
turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet


Seized nuclear material in
Iraq 'low grade': U.N. agency


Baghdad halts Kurdish cargo
flights after ministers' boycott


China agrees to reduce FX
intervention 'as conditions permit'


Likely new Indonesian leader
warns against tampering with vote


China says more than half of
foreign aid given to Africa


Taliban kill six de-miners
in western Afghanistan


China, U.S. to boost security
ties, but no breakthroughs


German language rule for immigrant
spouses invalid: European court


Boeing sees $5.2 trillion jet market,
win versus Airbus on twin-aisles


Drone kills six in NW Pakistan, army
seizes most of key city from Taliban


Special Report: All work and no
pay for thousands in the Balkans


Florida set to execute convicted
murderer of 11-year-old girl


Australian minister under fire for not
meeting Tamil groups on Sri Lanka trip


'Prime Evil' apartheid killer
up for parole in South Africa


Kerry faces uphill battle to
defuse Afghan election standoff


Britain says to pass emergency
phone and email data law


Fed independence questioned as
Republicans ramp up pressure


Parched California proposes steep
fines for over-watering lawns


Three Ukrainian soldiers killed
in further clashes in the east


Son of local hero bids to lead
Slovenia to limited makeover


Israel presses Gaza offensive, kills
eight in air strike: officials


China dismisses planned Macau
democracy vote as meaningless


China June trade data misses
forecasts, doubts over economy linger


Shooting at Tennessee National Guard
armory leaves one soldier dead


Australian immigration minister visits
Jaffna, no talks with Tamil groups


Six killed, including four
children, in Houston-area shooting


New form of U.S. healthcare saves money,
improves quality, one insurer finds


Christie-led U.S. governors group
raises $26.6 million in second quarter


Indonesian leader calls for restraint
after presidential stand-off


Japan denies report on North
Korea's abduction survivor list


Chinese hackers pursue key
data on U.S. workers: NYT


Israel pursues punishing Gaza
offensive for a third day


At least six killed in
Houston-area shooting


China's top prosecutor orders more
transparency in corruption cases


Colorado puts annual marijuana
demand at 130 tonnes


Georgia man's death sentence commuted a
day before scheduled execution


U.S. House Republicans seek
CDC documents on anthrax scare


Mexican train derails, stranding
1,300 migrants headed toward U.S.


Obama rejects criticism
over border crisis


New Orleans-area school district
agrees to rules protecting Hispanics


'American Sniper' says punched
ex-Minnesota governor Ventura


Exclusive: Commerzbank may pay $600 million-$800
million to settle U.S. probe - sources


Obama urges Congress to pass
migrant funding request quickly


Former U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico
since March appears in court


Fed mulls policy exit, eyes
end of asset purchases


Former IRS official sought to hide
information, lawmakers assert


Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist
groups' seized nuclear materials


Washington state approves
first producer of pot edibles


Texas robbery suspect sets himself
on fire, then is shot by police


Judge strikes down Colorado
gay marriage ban, stays ruling


BNP pleads guilty again in $9
billion U.S. sanctions accord


Lawmakers differ on how to stop
abusive patent-demand letters


Exclusive: U.S. grills suspects in new
strategy to build bank laundering cases


L.A. Dodgers must pay $15 million
to baseball fan beaten at stadium


Florida cat owners call 911
after Russian blue 'freaked out'


Police shoot knife-wielding woman
dead outside Idaho hospital


Fukushima farmer takes on nuclear
plant operator over wife's suicide


New York man gets 17 years in beating
death of nursing home roommate


Prostitute gave client heroin
overdose: California police


Kurds threaten legal action
against Iraq oil buyers


Congress seen unlikely to block
threatened New York transit strike


Girlfriend says she told accused Boston
bomber's friend to dump backpack


Arizona professor admits
resisting arrest during scuffle


California police say prostitute
gave fatal heroin overdose to client


Senate confirms Julian
Castro as housing secretary


Berkeley, California orders
free pot for poor patients


Accused Silk Road creator loses
bid to dismiss U.S. indictment


Verdict reached in lawsuit
over Dodger Stadium beating


Utah to appeal gay marriage
ruling to U.S. Supreme Court


North Korea list of Japanese abductees
contains some 30 names: Nikkei


Obama raises money for Senate
Democrat Udall - without Udall


Teen arrested in killing of New
Jersey girl shot on her scooter


Storm leaves 244,000 in dark, shuts
Buckeye pipeline in Pennsylvania


Actor John Wayne's heirs sue
university to use 'Duke' nickname


Michigan man charged with murder
in death of soccer referee


China puts prominent writers under
house arrest as Kerry visits


Ex-Guatemalan leader Portillo to be
freed from U.S. prison in February


Obama request for border
money gets wary reception


NY lawmakers set to clamp down on
Times Square's caped crusaders


Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin
gets 10 years in corruption case


China to take measures to promote
judicial independence: Xinhua


'American Sniper' widow: husband
planned to donate book proceeds


North Korea complains to U.N.
about film starring Rogen, Franco


Ukraine threatens to retake
territory from defiant rebels


Judge tosses Miami mortgage
discrimination suit vs BofA


Judge delays trial in Colorado
movie theater massacre case


World Cup humiliation another
blow to Brazil's confidence


Ukrainian-born John K., investigated
for Nazi crimes, dies aged 93


Dutch special forces in Mali
tackle changing threat: minister


South Sudan president urges
rebel leader to resume talks


Anger mounts as Germany unearths
second U.S. spy suspect


U.S. court rules for Beirut
bombing victims in Iran funds case


Gun control group sues Kansas
governor over gun rights law


India's Gandhi says Modi's government in
'witch hunt' as Congress probed on taxes


Ukraine readies plan to take back
lost territory, rebels defiant


EU says powers united on Iran
after France suggests splits


Refugee agency says more than 35,000
people displaced by Yemen fighting


Fifty-three blindfolded bodies found
in Iraq as political leaders bicker


Boston bomber suspect called
September 11 attacks a hoax: roommate


De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as
U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats


Syrian government forces
squeeze insurgents in Aleppo


Egyptian soldier killed
in Sinai explosion


World powers "completely
united" in Iran talks: EU


Boehner calls U.S. Republican
highway funding plan 'really solid'


U.S. blacklists UAE firm for
flouting sanctions on Syria


Boehner: Obama border funding plan
needs study, wants enforcement


Syria's Western-backed
opposition elects new president


Spain arrests 32 in swoop on
suspected members of Italy's Camorra


Iraqi Christians' flee violence,
fear end of long history


Russia gives green light
for next U.S. ambassador


Burundi critic of government denied
bail on security charge: lawyer


Turkey's Kurds prefer peace prospects
at home to perilous statehood in Iraq


Australia denies 'offensive' accusations
Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated


Emirates finalizes $56 billion
order for 150 Boeing 777X planes


Yemen extradites Ethiopian opposition
official to Addis Ababa: government


Fugitive Snowden asks to
extend stay in Russia: lawyer


Swiss ex-banker charged with
giving data to WikiLeaks


Celgene's spondylitis drug
misses main goal in trial


Russia test launches first new
space rocket since Soviet era


Newspaper says UAE holding suspected
Qatari 'agents' for questioning


Bill allowing parole for young
offenders advances in Massachusetts


Dagestan ex-mayor jailed for
plotting 'terrorist' attack on rival


Ukraine seeks aid to rebuild
regions shattered by separatist war


Gaza rockets land deep in Israel
as it bombards Palestinian enclave


Sri Lanka bans activist groups
from contact with media


Germany investigating second U.S.
spy suspect: security sources


East Coast wakes up to power
cuts after storms kill five


Singapore says citizens
participate in Syria conflict


U.S. author, Spaniard gored in
Spain's San Fermin bull run


Both candidates in Indonesia election
claim victory; Jokowi ahead in more counts


Iraqi security forces find 53
blindfolded bodies south of Baghdad


India's Modi tightens grip on ruling
party, naming close aide as chief


Boston bombing obstruction trial
hears from suspect's roommate


Russia to make second attempt
to launch newest space rocket


U.S., China ink coal, clean energy
deals but climate differences remain


Australian PM says won't bow to
'moral blackmail' over asylum seekers


Ukraine accuses Russia of
abducting woman army officer


Disgraced former New Orleans
Mayor Nagin due for sentencing


Afghan war inflicting devastating
toll on civilians: U.N.


Jokowi claims victory in
Indonesian presidential election


Rape and murder of 13-year-old spark
debate in junta-ruled Thailand


Russia to launch Angara space
rocket on Wednesday: Interfax


Two men gored in Spain's
Pamplona bull run


Outside forces help stoke
anti-Roma tension in Polish town


San Francisco passes law allowing
forced treatment of mentally ill


Utah mother accused of slaying six
infants was hooked on meth: police


Severe storms leave four dead
in New York state and Maryland


Foster Farms battles insurers
over definition of 'recall'


Exclusive: Roosters' fertility problem
hits U.S. chicken supply, lifts prices


China's Xi warns confrontation
with U.S. would be disaster


Severe storm leaves three
dead near Syracuse, New York


Obama shoots pool in night
out on the town in Denver


Obama says U.S. committed
to cooperating with China


Weakened typhoon leaves two dead, heads
north from Okinawa to main Japan islands


Ex-Coast Guard employee gets life for
killing two others on Alaska base


Stockton bankruptcy judge says
city's collateral not worthless


Combative Sterling says NBA's
Clippers worth more than $2 billion


Citigroup may pay $7 billion to
resolve U.S. mortgage probes: source


More than 550 Memphis police call
in sick in 'blue flu' protest


U.S. government watchdog criticizes
probe into student detained for days


North Korean nuclear and missile
expert dies; more missiles fired


Democrats grapple with own
divisions over renewing Ex-Im Bank


Ex-Minnesota Governor Ventura alleges
'American Sniper' defamed him


Islamic State appeals to only
four percent of Syrians: poll


Buyers line up at first legal
pot shops in Washington state


Acura to recall vehicles in
U.S. over defective headlights


U.S. Democrats aim to turn
contraception into campaign drive


Smallpox vials from 1950s
found in U.S. lab storage room


India's onion crisis: shortages
after the best-ever harvest


Colorado clerk: gay marriage
bans unconstitutional


New Hampshire law creating clinic
buffers is target of lawsuit


Senate Intelligence Committee
approves cybersecurity bill


Indonesians vote for new president,
choice between old guard and new breed


Mississippi Republican Party declares
Cochran winner in Senate primary


Fossil of world's smallest
hedgehog unearthed in Canada


Prosecutors in NYC's Brooklyn
won't pursue low-level pot cases


Florida lawyers fired for calling
Palestinians 'swine,' 'cockroaches'


Oklahoma rape suspect arrested
while in coma dies at hospital


U.S. judge declines to dismiss charges
against ex-Connecticut governor


Warring Episcopalians in South Carolina
court over $500 million in property


House Republican proposes $10.9
billion transport funding extension


Dozens injured in South African
commuter train accident


Three hurt in electrical accident at
NYC's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum


Fearing graft probes, Chinese officials
shun spotlight, seek retirement


American women targeted as Malaysia
becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.


Body count up to 17 after
Chicago's bloody holiday weekend


Car service Uber, New York AG
reach deal on emergency pricing


Chicago mayor's panel recommends
hiking minimum wage to $13


Mali to meet northern Tuareg rebels
in Algiers on July 16: Fabius


Moscow accuses U.S. of 'kidnapping'
accused Russian hacker


No decision on whether grounded F-35s
will be ready for air show: Pentagon


Bahrain summons top opposition
leader for questioning: Wefaq


Latino activists aim to boost
participation in U.S. midterm vote


Israel bombards Gaza; militants'
rocket fire reaches Tel Aviv


U.S. to put child migrants on fast
track in deportation hearings: official


Baby dies inside car parked
in affluent Connecticut town


Obama seeks money, fast hearings
to curb young migrant surge


Iraq tells U.N. 'terrorist groups'
seized former chemical weapons depot


Somali presidential compound
attacked, president safe


Two dead in shooting at Washington
state medical center -police


U.S. senators say federal action
may be needed to curb 're-homing'


Georgian court refuses to
release ex-mayor before vote


Mom charged after leaving baby
on New York subway platform


Boeing to recover remaining fuselage
from derailed train -railway


Israel bombards Gaza after
surge in rocket fire


Verizon: U.S. government made 150,000
customer info requests in 2014


New Jersey's storm recovery chief
steps down, replaced by deputy


Contract talks resume as Long
Island Rail Road strike looms


Somali presidential palace under
al Shabaab militant attack


Italy in talks with EU to share
responsibility for boat migrants


Last Boeing fuselage from derailed
train to be recovered Tuesday: railway


South Africa's NUMSA to take
latest offer to striking members


Former New York City hospital executive
charged with $5.6 million painkiller theft


U.S. prosecutors, lawyers for
plotter seek sentencing delay


Iran's supreme leader calls for
more nuclear enrichment capacity


Currency, maritime disputes
at stake in U.S.-China talks


Libya's El Sharara oilfield restart
another breakthrough for Tripoli


Obama asks Congress for $3.7
billion for immigration crisis


Nigeria's Boko Haram blamed for 18
attacks in past two weeks: U.N.


Cleveland picked for 2016 U.S.
Republican National Convention


Baltimore hospital, workers
reach tentative wage accord


Yemeni Shi'ites capture city
after fighting kills 200


U.S. warns Afghans not to
form 'parallel government'


Ugandan leader blames deadly
attacks in west on tribal rivalry


Obama requests $3.7 billion from
Congress to deal with border crisis


New Harry Potter attraction
opens at Florida theme park


Britain's Hague plugs
Eurofighter on visit to India


Armed men burn police camp, homes
and vehicles on Kenya coast


Ukraine threatens rebels with
'nasty surprise' in new push


Iranian journalist sentenced
to two years and 50 lashes


Parts of Britain struggling with
immigration, say government advisers


Shi'ite Yemeni tribesmen capture
provincial capital, scores killed


Islamic state claims Baghdad bombs;
parliament to meet on Sunday


Two in five U.S. homes have
only cellphones: survey


Scottish bid to break up UK prompts
dread among North Irish loyalists


Quake of magnitude 6.1 strikes
off coast of Vanuatu: USGS


Jonathan's PR offensive
backfires in Nigeria and abroad


India asks UN team on Kashmir
to leave Delhi premises


Drone in close call with New York
police helicopter, two arrested


Japan upset as Chinese paper
prints mushroom clouds on map


Fewer than 100 Americans probed for fighting
in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Attorney General


McDaniel weighs challenge in
Mississippi U.S. Senate primary


New voter law draws
opposition in North Carolina


Washington state to open first
few licensed marijuana shops


France set to prevent jihadists
going to fight or train abroad


Thai junta to hold largest
'happiness fair' in latest PR push


U.N. tribunal rules for Bangladesh
in sea border dispute with India


Germany increases airport security
after U.S. warns of bombs


Kerry warns Afghanistan as thousands
rally in support of Abdullah


Ukraine signals commitment to
offensive as rebels regroup


In al Qaeda camp, notes
on an Islamic caliphate


Agent who interrogated accused Boston
bomber's friend due to testify


One dead as powerful typhoon
hits Japan's Okinawa


Australia ruling could leave Sri
Lankan asylum seekers at sea


South Korea ferry children were
steps from safety: prosecutor


Study paves way for simple blood
test to predict Alzheimer's


Supporters of Afghanistan's
Abdullah rally after disputed vote


Four NATO servicemen killed
in Afghanistan: ISAF


Two dozen rescued after being
stranded on California roller coaster


Six NATO servicemen killed in
suicide attack in Afghanistan-police


New breed starts to muscle in on
Indonesia's old-style patronage politics


Typhoon churns towards Japan,
prompting calls to evacuate


Japan's Abe declares 'special
relationship' with Australia on visit


Pro-Beijing figure warns Hong Kong's
freedoms under threat: report


North Korea's Kim takes
center stage with a limp


California cop spared charges in
mistaken killing of boy with toy gun


Nicaragua approves route for $40
billion canal linking oceans


Senator Menendez wants probe of
alleged Cuban smear plot: report


U.S. 'troubled' by jailing of
Saudi human rights activist


Bahrain orders out visiting U.S.
official: state news agency


Japan battens down as intense
typhoon Neoguri nears


Australian court to hear challenge
to secretive immigration policies


Israel launches military
offensive against Gaza militants


Amazon rainforest grew after climate
change 2,000 years ago: study


White House says most children
at border to be sent home


Venezuelan man charged in Miami
with fish and coral smuggling


House Republicans propose
Fed reforms, set hearing


Congressmen introduce Federal
Reserve Transparency Act


Maine companies sued over treatment
of migrant blueberry pickers


Massachusetts judge OKs moving
ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail


Iran's Khamenei says U.S., Israel
playing 'good cop, bad cop'


From New York heroin dealer to
Afghanistan?s biggest oil man


Nine dead, 53 wounded in bloody
holiday weekend in Chicago


Boeing says no shipment delays
from Spirit Aerosystems


Vatican bank to be scaled
back, restructured: sources


LA police will require judges to
sign off on immigrant detentions


South Carolina toddler dies
after being trapped in hot car


New York governor signs medical
marijuana bill into law


Florida teenager at center of
escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Hamas steps up rocket fire,
Israel says ready for escalation


U.S. arrests Russian in
hacking of retail systems


Arizona cannot deny driver's
licenses to some immigrants -court


Quake rocks Guatemala, Mexico,
newborn baby among five dead


Afghanistan's Abdullah rejects election
result as 'coup' against people


Central African Republic fighters
attack church sheltering civilians



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