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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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Police say New York hatchet attack by
Islamic convert was terrorist attack


Exclusive: Canada's financial intelligence
agency gets 'useful' data after attacks


Two dead, four wounded after student
opens fire Washington state school


Virginia police identify remains as
those of missing college student


At least four dead in escape bid
at model Dominican Republic jail


Lebanon army clashes with gunmen,
kills two in Tripoli: sources


Drone strike in Yemen believed
to be on al Qaeda positions


Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola
response after fourth case emerges


U.S. general says he believes North
Korea can build nuclear warhead


U.S. appeals court rules for
GM over Spyker's Saab sale


U.S. officials considering quarantines
for returning healthcare workers


Obama gives big hug to U.S.
nurse who survived Ebola


Kansas court upholds conviction
in abortion doctor's murder


Italy strikes against Renzi
labour reforms and cuts


Student opens fire at Washington
state high school, now dead: police


Slain Canadian soldier heads
home on 'Highway of Heroes'


Venezuela's Maduro slams Spain's
Rajoy over jailed opponent


Rwanda suspends BBC's local radio
service over genocide documentary


Trove of Flight 93 personal items
destroyed in 9/11 memorial fire


Texas man charged with raping two
children, infecting them with HIV


Washington state high school on
lockdown after shooting reports


White House ex-counsel Ruemmler asks Obama
not to consider her for attorney general


Plenary Walsh team to rebuild
hundreds of Pennsylvania bridges


Man in custody in toppling of Ten
Commandments at Oklahoma capitol


'We won't pay,' furious Cameron
tells EU over surprise bill


No U.S. troop cuts without credible
North Korea nuclear deal, says Kerry


U.S. judge gives ex-Colombian rebel
27 years prison for taking hostages


Florida Republicans in all-out
drive for Hispanic vote


International financial watchdog
warns on Iran, North Korea


Doctor with Ebola in New York
stable; nurse is virus-free


French court approves Kazakh tycoon
Ablyazov's extradition to Russia


Suspicious powder sent to western
consulates in Istanbul: officials


Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill
at least 28 security personnel


Palestinian boy shot dead by
Israeli forces at West Bank protest


U.S. diplomat criticizes
PM Orban's Russia policies


Stolen vehicle plows into
Ohio bar, injures 13


U.N. authorizes ship inspections
near Somalia for arms, charcoal


Democrat Michelle Nunn leads tight
U.S. Senate race in Georgia: poll


U.S. House panel to meet with safety
regulators about Takata air bags next week


As Ebola hits, New Yorkers
maintain wary calm


25 European banks set to
fail health checks: sources


Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with
Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani


Car bomb kills at least 25
security forces in Egypt's Sinai


Canada vows tougher laws as
citizens worry in face of attacks


Political Islam tries to adapt
to Tunisia election landscape


Tunisian forces kill six after
standoff with militants outside Tunis


Frelimo's Nyusi wins Mozambique
elections: provisional results


Putin accuses United States
of damaging world order


Majority of Swiss oppose proposal
for strict immigration limits: poll


U.S. nurse who had Ebola is
virus free: health officials


ECB's Draghi tells euro zone more
needed to avoid another crisis


South African police fire rubber
bullets at Diamondcorp strikers


In eastern Ukraine, parliamentary
election deepens divide


With U.S. Ebola fear running high,
African immigrants face ostracism


U.S. new home sales at six-year
high; recovery still fragile


Suspicious yellow powder sent to Canadian,
Belgian, German, U.S. consulates in Istanbul


Sweden's far-right tells mainstream
to negotiate or risk new election


Vietnamese tycoon held on
suspicion of fraud: sources


Deutsche Bank braces for $1.3 billion
in U.S., UK Libor fines: sources


Islamic State keeps up Syrian
oil flow despite U.S-led strikes


Russia's Putin says Cold War
'victors' want to reshape world


Brazil poll shows Neves leading
election, at odds with major surveys


Stagnating euro zone
seeks German shift


Ford's lower profit beats estimates;
sales down on F-150 launch


Canadian consulate in Istanbul gets package
containing yellow powder: Turkish disaster body


Masked men burn two Saudi Arabia
consulate cars in Egypt: sources


Restore EU borders, France's Le
Pen says amid Calais tensions


Britain slams EU budget
demand, others see 'molehills'


Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with
Boko Haram to free girls still on


Uruguay's left in battle to retain
presidency, and marijuana law


Algeria's Bouteflika consolidates
curbs on state intelligence agency


Botswana votes in poll set
to test ruling party dynasty


Japan could deploy minesweepers off S.
Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says


Poland lodges appeal with European
court over CIA jail ruling


France says air strikes take
out weapons arsenal in Iraq


Russia still has troops
in Ukraine, NATO says


Merkel, Putin express hope for gas
talks success on October 29: Kremlin


Three Kurdish militants killed
in attack on Turkish power plant


Small airplane and helicopter
collide in Maryland, three killed


Chief Palestinian negotiator
issues statehood ultimatum


Canadian couple accused of spying in
China held in near isolation, son says


Pfizer's $11 billion buyback plan
deflates AstraZeneca bid hopes


Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet
China's Xi next week: source


Japan prosecutors delay ruling on
possible Fukushima indictments


Security tight in Canada as police
probe Parliament gunman's ties


Swedish military calls off
hunt for suspected submarine


Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites fear they
are at mercy of region's tumult


Bangladesh Islamist leader
convicted of war crimes dies


Protesters in Hong Kong to
vote on government proposals


Specter of no-inflation world
looms over Fed's return to normal


Japan warns of increased activity
at volcano near nuclear plant


Doctor who worked in Africa first
Ebola case in New York City


Police in Ferguson committed human
rights abuses: Amnesty report


Ground offensive against Islamic
State months away in Iraq: U.S.


Hong Kong protesters set for the
long haul at self-sustaining village


China's top diplomat to visit
Vietnam again amid sea dispute


Ebola test positive for New York
doctor who treated patients in Africa


Japan's Suga: See no problem with
trade minister holding Tepco shares


Merkel says EU will discuss bridging
finance for Ukraine next week


Utah Supreme Court clears way for
adoption by partners of same-sex spouses


New York doctor tests
positive for Ebola: NY Times


Venezuela seizes warehouses
packed with medical goods, food


U.S. National Park graffiti vandal
spotted through social media


Tennessee judge reprimanded for
aiding release in assault case


New York police officer critically
wounded in hatchet attack


California clinic doctor suspected
of taking nude photos of patients


Northrop must face whistleblower
anti-missile lawsuit: U.S. judge


Governor of Mexican state where
students disappeared stands down


EU strikes compromise to
set new climate target


EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at
least 40 percent versus 1990 levels


Pennsylvania high school's football
season canceled over hazing


Trial starts for Pittsburgh
professor accused of poisoning wife


Iran will be seen as responsible
if nuclear talks fail: U.S.


Canada Parliament gunman had
planned to travel to Syria: police


University of Oregon urged to scale
back fraternities, sororities


Syria's Kobani less at risk but
could still fall: U.S. officials


Navajo high court delays election
for leader, orders new ballots


U.S. weighs passport, border
changes in wake of Ottawa attack


Kentucky lawmaker charged with
bribing coal mine inspector


Fed lays out scenarios for
2015 bank stress tests


Ombudswoman calls for oversight
for all U.N. sanctions regimes


Tunisia policeman killed in
pre-election clash with militants


Californians favor $7.5 billion
water bond to fight drought: poll


Michigan girl, 15, charged with
conspiring to kill her family


Microsoft sales beat Street
hopes, cloud profits up


New York tests doctor who
was in West Africa for Ebola


Canadian police see no apparent
links in Quebec, Ottawa attacks


Oklahoma judge allows law on
abortion pills to take effect


Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast
disappoints, shares dive


Trial date in Virginia killings
set for former political candidate


Former Louisiana mayor arrested
on child porn possession charges


Romanian princess, husband sentenced
for Oregon cockfighting ring


NYC taxi fleet owners win right
to appeal 'Taxi of Tomorrow' plan


Second White House fence
jumper faces mental evaluation


Brazil's president widens lead
in polls ahead of Sunday vote


Russian captured in Afghanistan
to face terrorism charges in U.S.


Microsoft profit dips on
charges, while sales jump


Canadian parliament gunman
acted alone: police


USAID tamped down internal
criticism over Egypt work: report


New York City says hospital testing
healthcare worker for Ebola


Baby killed by Palestinian driver
in Jerusalem was American: U.S.


Sears to close stores, lay off
about 5,500: Seeking Alpha


Pennsylvania sniper hunt takes
toll on lookalike, other locals


South Carolina house speaker pleads
guilty in ethics case, to resign


Three Azeri workers die in
offshore platform accident


Six bodies identified after
decades in Oklahoma lake


Lockdown lifted for Chicago
suburban high school


Easter Island's ancient inhabitants
weren't so lonely after all


Canada's Harper vows tighter
security after Parliament attack


Cash aid for refugees succeeds
despite donors' doubts


Economic bounce, tough campaign
point to Rousseff win in Brazil


U.S. senators demand nationwide
recall over Takata air bags


Apple ponders sapphire options,
leaves door open for GT


Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people
dwelled high in Peru's Andes


Zimbabwe's first lady says
Mugabe's deputy should resign


Pistorius shoves race, crime and
punishment in South Africa's face


Colombia to intensify
battle against smuggling


Chicago suburban high school on
lockdown due to unattended package


U.S. senator asks Internet providers
to commit to no 'fast lanes'


Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake
hits Alaska near Fairbanks


Indonesia president submits new
cabinet list for anti-graft review


Islamic State militants seize Iraq
village, press assault on Yazidis


UK policeman arrested after
ammunition found at Buckingham Palace


Prosecutors accept proposed trial
delay for Colorado cinema gunman


Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap
25 girls in northeast Nigeria


Families of executed French monks
say Algiers obstructing justice


California community suffers
as wells dry up in drought


U.S. jobs market holds firm;
factory activity slows a bit


Turkey's U.S. relations show strain
as Washington's patience wears thin


Don't prejudge Egypt's new
draft NGO law, says minister


Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains
should not be moved: U.S. court


Six in quarantine in Connecticut
as U.S. steps up Ebola checks


Italy deputy speaker favorite as
new foreign minister: sources


Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local
probe of Missouri teen shooting


India's Modi announces relief
package for flood-hit Kashmir


Indonesian president close to
finalizing cabinet, expands team


Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in
pursuit of vaccines and drugs


Saudi Arabia warns women not to
join protest against ban on driving


Man arrested near Canada's prime
minister in sign of tensions


French entrepreneurs launch
test to detect pork in food


U.S. factory activity growth
slips in October: Markit


GT Advanced settles with Apple,
to exit sapphire production


'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken
seeks win in first political bid


U.S. jobless claims data
point to firming labor market


Kosovo pitches peace treaty,
recognition to old master Serbia


GM posts higher-than-expected
profit on strong N. American demand


Ottawa pushes for business
as usual after shootings


U.N. rights watchdog calls for
open elections in Hong Kong


Exclusive: Charred tanks in Ukraine
point to Russian involvement


Eyeing 2015 vote, UK's opposition
Labour promises immigration curbs


Maryland man charged after jumping White
House fence, dogs cleared for duty


China vows better rule of law, but
no word of disgraced security chief


Obama invites new Afghan
leaders to White House


Ukrainian PM warns Russia may
try to disrupt Sunday's election


Kosovo foreign minister visits Serbia,
says 'I'm symbol of sovereignty'


China does not rule out Tibet
visit by U.N. rights chief


Drugmakers may need indemnity
for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines


Libya's oil to flow despite
struggle between rival governments


Exclusive: California getting more
Bakken crude by barge than rail


Tunisian forces clash with
militants, one policeman killed


China criticizes U.S. missile
defense radar in Japan


Business activity improves in China,
euro zone but little sign of turnaround


UK's Cameron to object to EU budget
plans at leaders' summit: source


African beacon Botswana
prepares for tight election


East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates
'peace' brought by Islamic State


Europe's banks face moment
of truth from ECB review


Burkina Faso opposition challenges
president's bid to extend term


Russian prosecutors detain more
suspects in Total CEO plane crash


U.S.-led air strikes killed 521
fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor


Special Report: Why Ukraine's
revolution remains unfinished


U.S. prosecutors probe Takata
Corp over statements: WSJ


Lebanese army kills three men
in raid: security sources


Japan PM's new minister hit
by scandal over racy bar bill


Exporters fail on pledge
to curb bribery: watchdog


At U.N., China asked to back
rights case against North Korea


UK anti-EU party on course to win
second parliamentary seat: poll


Canada PM vows crackdown after
capital shocked by fatal attacks


Bomb blast kills five at bus
station in north Nigeria: police


Eight Pakistani Shi'ites
killed in sectarian attack


California prisons to end
racial lockdown policy


China says wants closer
military ties with Iran


China's Guangdong to ban officials
with overseas kin from top jobs


Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal
royalty loophole padding export profits


Mexican security forces
capture wife of top drug lord


Support group of Japan's new trade
minister spent funds at S&M bar


Costa Rica intervenes to stop
strike at port, arrests 68


Alabama man gets $1,000 in police
settlement, his lawyers get $459,000


Attack on parliament, killing of
soldier stun Canada's capital


Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused
of stealing pro-gun campaign sign


Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says
governor candidate influenced paper


Florida men held three years in
Mexico on drug charges return to U.S.


Congressman should have been 'more
sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman


Man arrested after jumping White
House fence, causing lockdown


UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW
Tennessee plant within a year


AT&T revenue misses forecasts as
more customers bring own phones


Two dead in murder-suicide at
Houston hospital: police say


Six migrants detained for trying
to sneak into U.S. in fuel tank


Washington state soldier pleads
not guilty to murdering wife


Mexico says mayor, wife were behind
student-teacher disappearances


Man pleads guilty to killing
Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy


Family of Dallas nurse Vinson
says she no longer showing Ebola


Critics of Dow herbicide ingredient
sue U.S. EPA over approval


Probe: Athletes took fake classes
at University of North Carolina


Chinese peacekeepers expected in
South Sudan at start of 2015: U.N.


Niger buys 'spy plane' to
combat Sahel militants


Scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty
throws down gauntlet to PM


Palestinian driver rams
Jerusalem station killing baby


Canada's parliament attacked,
soldier fatally shot nearby


Colorado candidates for U.S. Senate
effectively tied: Reuters-Ipsos poll


U.S. Court hears arguments on sex
discrimination at Goldman Sachs


No verdict after second day deliberations
over accused Boston bomber friend


Navajo court removes presidential
candidate over language dispute


Blast outside Cairo University
wounds 11: Officials


Autopsy of slain Missouri teen
shows close-range gunshot


U.S. pastor defrocked over son's
same-sex wedding faces Methodist council


Father, son who ran NY drug
treatment centers face fraud charges


Suspected serial killer charged
in another murder in Indiana


Saudi Arabia jails al Qaeda suspects
over plot to hit U.S. forces


Lockheed Martin challenges
contract to Raytheon


Four men plead not guilty to murder
in 2013 carjacking at N.J. mall


Search near abandoned car fails to
turn up missing ex-Harlem Globetrotter


Microsoft looks set to drop
Nokia name from smartphones


Fowle back at Ohio home after
half-year detention in North Korea


Distracted truck driver blamed for
Maryland train wreck, explosion


At least three drugs smugglers killed
in attack along Egypt border: Israel


Report shows fake classes helped
athletes at University of North Carolina


Central African Republic to create
rapid intervention unit, reform army


NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled
to intercept Russian plane


Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000
with true number nearer 15,000


California venture firm does not have to
release documents in discrimination suit


Florida governor's race
a dead heat, poll shows


Google launches new email
service dubbed 'Inbox'


Cosmonauts breeze through
spacewalk outside space station


U.S. Secret Service blasted for
sending agents to employee's house


Canadian parliament locked down, soldier
fatally wounded in Ottawa shooting


Nigeria talks with Boko Haram
but no sign of girls' release


U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater
guards in 2007 Baghdad killings


The beast with the behemoth arms: A
dinosaur mystery is solved


Detroit can survive after bankruptcy
but large risks loom: expert


U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring
for West African visitors


Brazil candidates battle for
key prize: Their hometown


Ebola deaths at 4,877 as
cases near 10,000: WHO


Iraqi Kurds approve sending
fighters to aid Syrian town


U.S. trial for Libyan al Qaeda
suspect, bin Laden associate delayed


U.S. inflation muted in
September as energy costs drop


Researchers find German U-boat,
ship it sank off U.S. coast


Boyfriend leads police to
pregnant Ohio woman's remains


Soldier shot; gunman enters Canadian
parliament, many shots fired


Kerry says no deal made with North
Korea in release of American


Cosmonauts leave space station
for six-hour space walk


Wisconsin judge orders competency
hearing for girl in 'Slenderman' case


Indonesian cabinet delayed after
anti-graft body blocks candidates


U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work,
drugmakers launch vaccine drive


Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic
State fighters in Iraq: residents


EU to call on Russia to help
stabilize Ukraine: statement


Iran president denounces bill
to empower Islamic vigilantes


Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels
in central Yemen: tribal sources


Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead
of Neves as election nears


Farce, defense cuts highlight hard
task in Sweden submarine hunt


Catalans: independence drive will
intensify unless Madrid negotiates


NYC subway breaks record with
more than 6 million daily rides


Exclusive: Uruguay presidential
candidate would repeal marijuana law


Two Israeli soldiers wounded in
attack along Egypt border: military


U.S. consumer prices rise on
shelter costs, but inflation muted


Iranian human rights lawyer stages
protest over ban from practice


U.S. regulators expand number of
vehicles affected by Takata recalls


Congo, U.N. troops fire live rounds
amid protest against killings


Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another
reason to prepare for worst


Amid regional turmoil, Israel
looks to its firm bond with Jordan


Saudi Arabia sentences 13 over
plot to attack U.S. soldiers


EU okays new executive as Juncker
vows to seize 'Europe's last chance'


Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of
American, restates terms for resuming talks


Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers
battling bugs in storage bins


Iraqi forces clash with Islamic
State fighters west of Baghdad


Drugmakers to join forces to make
millions of Ebola vaccine doses


North Korea cites Obama requests
in freeing American prisoner


Big utilities pushing into
booming home solar market


Somalia's al Shabaab says
stones man to death for rape


Faulty airbags warning expanded
to 6.1 million U.S. cars: NHTSA


Kerry says status quo between
Israel, Palestinians 'unsustainable'


Kerry expects 'deep' engagement
with Congress on Iran talks


France does the splits on
EU economic governance


Japan casino bill delayed again; resort
opening could miss Olympics: sources


Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour
note in China with Hong Kong visit


EU's Juncker pledges
investment plan for jobs


Russia says Ukraine should find
money to pay for gas within a week


Indonesia president to make new
cabinet picks after eight rejected


Japan team heading to North Korea to
pressure it on abductees, PM says


U.S. transfers Marine murder
suspect to Philippine base


Indonesian president says eight
cabinet choices not approved


Thailand tourist murder
suspects retract confessions


Rise in divorce in Iran linked
to shift in status of women


U.S. government probes medical
devices for possible cyber flaws


African rivalries weaken U.N.
hand against rebels in Congo


Japan to send officials to North Korea
for update on abductee investigation


Special Report: Traffickers use abductions,
prison ships to feed Asian slave trade


Famed Texas oilman Nelson
Bunker Hunt dead at 88


U.S. authorities arrest head of
Mexican drug gang Gulf Cartel


New Jersey school board suspends
five coaches in hazing scandal


Japan's Suga: Will send Japanese
officials to North Korea next week


Florida candidates stake out
political differences in third debate


Former Washington Post editor
Ben Bradlee dies at 93


New York financial regulator pushes
banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity


Corruption charges against Alabama House
speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman


Canada police talked to militant
suspect, couldn't stop attack


NOAA employee charged with
stealing U.S. dam information


United States welcomes release
of jailed Vietnam blogger


Britain to tighten charities
laws to tackle terrorism funding


Chilean president's landmark
education reform passes first hurdle


Florida teenager arrested for
child molestation and pornography


Former U.S. president candidate Hart to
be representative for Northern Ireland


Arizona jury hears arguments
in Arias death penalty trial


Three Denver girls reportedly en
route to Turkey detained, sent home


In Afghan north, Taliban gains
ground and courts local support


Mentally ill Briton extradited to U.S.
over alleged plan for militant camp


North Korea unexpectedly
frees American Jeffrey Fowle


Yahoo ekes out third quarter revenue
gain despite display ad weakness


Burkina Faso government seeks
referendum to extend president's rule


Memphis boy wounded when gun
he brought to school goes off


New York state to settle landmark
suit over public defenders


U.N. condemns top human rights
official's expulsion from Congo


Japan's power failure: Bid to
forge national grid stumbles



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