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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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California mayors ask for governor's
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Symantec says SWIFT heist linked
to Philippines attack, Sony hack


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Turkish PM to head economic coordination,
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Obama stirs debate
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islands into Maldives-style resorts


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Rapper arrested in shooting at
NY City concert that killed one


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forces eye possible opening


U.S. panel launches trade secret
theft probe into China steel


Two deputies plead not guilty in
videotaped San Francisco beating


Trump, Sanders explore staging
unusual presidential debate


Google beats Oracle in
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Alibaba amid SEC probe


South Korea fires warning shots after
boats from North cross sea border


New Hampshire man changes plea
to guilty in teen's kidnapping


Ohio appeals U.S. court decision
in favor of early voting


Panama's top court seeks extradition
of ex-president Martinelli from U.S.


Judge seals all video depositions
in Clinton email case: The Hill


France sends underwater probes
to EgyptAir search zone


About two dozen spelunkers
escape flooded Kentucky cave


Secret Service punishes 41
over leak of lawmaker's data


Trump vows to undo Obama's climate
agenda in appeal to oil sector


Pentagon says China aircraft
intercept violated 2015 agreement


Ivory Coast arrests man suspected of
link to Grand Bassam hotel attack


Clinton says she understands U.S.
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'Freeway Killer' accomplice dies
after attack in California prison


Tornado warning prompts
evacuation of Kansas City airport


Vietnam restricted access to Facebook
during Obama visit: activists


Push to expand FBI surveillance authority
threatens U.S. email privacy bill


U.S. sees first case of bacteria
resistant to all antibiotics


Mother of Texas 'affluenza' teen
indicted for money laundering


Pittsburgh man gets life term for
killings of Iowa lawmaker's sisters


Britain plans to send warship to fight
smuggling of people, arms off Libya: Cameron


Venezuelan opposition warns foreign
contracts need assembly's OK


Trump takes aim at U.S. environmental
regulations to boost oil sector


Fire prompts New York City to
check properties under rail tracks


Trump says he would exit global climate
accord, slash U.S. oil regulation


Croatian government in doubt as coalition
partners split over confidence vote


U.N. envoy tells Security Council
no Syria talks for two-three weeks


Clinton says State Department emails
report won't affect campaign: MSNBC


Viacom CEO Dauman seeks trial
by end-Sept over Redstone trust


Chile's students clash with
police as protests intensify


Radar images reveal Mars is
coming out of an ice age


House Speaker Ryan: Call with
Trump was good, productive


Trump says would approve Keystone oil
pipeline, cut regulations, if elected


U.S. rates may rise 'fairly soon,'
Brexit a concern: Fed's Powell


Flap in Congress over gender
identity sinks spending bill


Mississippi governor to join suit
against Obama transgender policy


Connecticut's top court upholds
ban on death penalty in state


Yemen's warring sides agree
prisoner swap before Ramadan


No Syria talks for
two-three weeks, U.N. says


McDonald's CEO says $15 hourly
wage, robots won't kill jobs


U.S. business spending mired in
weakness, but economy picking up


U.N. panel rejects press freedom
watchdog accreditation request


Kentucky declares Clinton Democratic
primary winner after recanvass


'Skinhead' Brexit vote poster
criticized for playing on race


Oops! Senator's article tells of
phantom meeting with Obama nominee


Brightest laser blows up water in
cinematic and scientific first


Software problem delays
Los Angeles flights: FAA


Two U.S. Navy jets collide off North
Carolina, crew safe: officials


Fed's Powell says interest
rates could rise 'fairly soon'


Clashes at French protests, union
warns of Euro soccer disruption


U.S. Coast Guard seeks downed military
planes near North Carolina coast


Afghanistan sees Taliban leader as rigid
conservative uninterested in peace


Workers protest at McDonald's
shareholder meeting for second day


Protesters clash with police at
French anti-reform demonstrations


Falluja refugees report cases
of starvation: Norway aid group


'Saved by the Bell' actor Dustin
Diamond back in jail over probation


Ukraine bans Gorbachev over
support for Crimea annexation


G7 agrees need strong message on South
China Sea; China says don't 'hype'


Trump secures delegates needed to clinch
Republican presidential nomination: AP


Young word nerds face off as
U.S. Spelling Bee finals start


Expandable space habitat fails
to inflate in NASA's first test


U.S. pending home sales jump to
highest level since early 2006


Madoff victims may soon
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U.S. Virgin Islands sues
Takata, Honda over airbags


Migrants stranded in Greece take
to fields to avoid state-run camps


French union leads anti-reform protests,
warns of Euro soccer cup disruption


One dead, three wounded in
shooting at N.Y.C. rap concert


Italy says migrant boat
capsized, second in two days


Airport screening made 70,000 miss
American Airlines flights this year


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Cartel or talking shop?
OPEC awaits Saudi ruling


U.S. jobless claims fall
more than expected last week


Iraq PM urges end to protests while
army busy fighting Islamic State


From hardy pigs to super-crops,
gene editing poses new EU dilemma


Raided Belgian cell had possible
targets in second city Antwerp


Obama: Trump displays ignorance,
seeks tweets over solutions


U.S. women get creative in
fighting abortion stigma


No masking Trump's popularity
at Chinese Partytime Factory


Sanders may debate Trump, not
Clinton, before California contest


U.N. to announce new Syria
talks date later on Thursday


Philippines' Aquino says China breaks
deal on South China Sea outcrop


Obama says expects Taliban to continue
strategy of violence under new leader


Egyptian crash investigator says
French vessel joining black box search


Who will pick the carrots
if Brexit stops migration?


Obama says North Korea nuclear
programme is serious mid-term risk


China says it followed rules
in U.S. aircraft intercept


Brent oil breaks above $50 for
first time in seven months


In dig at U.S., China says all
U.S. arms embargoes should go


As EU vote looms, migration
to Britain nears record high


Niger Delta militant attack shuts
down Chevron facility: company source


Migrant numbers growing
again at Calais camp


China to promote anti-corruption
efforts at G20: minister


Oil rises above $50 on signs
of shrinking oversupply


Exclusive: New York financial regulator
gearing up to probe online lenders - source


Brazilian companies rank worst among
major economies on cyber security: report


Migration to Britain near all-time
high, stats show ahead of EU vote


Australia to study three new pieces
of debris for link to missing MH370


UK business investment falls
ahead of EU referendum


Japan's Abe points to 2008 crisis
as G7 leaders debate global risk


Young spellers face off in Scripps
National Spelling Bee finals


Nigerian civil rights leader confirms
attack at Chevron oil facility


New Philippine president to face
early test over food security


Swiss president 'confident'
of EU immigration deal: paper


On eve of Greece visit, Putin says
problems with EU can be solved


French strikers seek to tighten
grip on energy supplies


Atomic bomb survivors to attend
Hiroshima event for Obama visit


Turkey's Simsek to oversee
smaller portfolio in new cabinet


Tornadoes and storms hit U.S.
Great Plains, injure two in Kansas


Oil prices top $50, Asian
shares struggle as China sags


Italian marine Girone can
head home: India's top court


SEC probes Alibaba accounting
methods, shares dive


South Korea's Park facing last chance
to push through reforms, boost growth


Australian police arrest man
over alleged terror plot


Philippines' Duterte apologizes for
captive Canadian's beheading by militants


Ohio legislature votes to allow
limited medical marijuana use


China says EU membership UK's
choice, but hopes for strong Europe


Biotech Regeneron replaces Intel as
sponsor of Science Talent Search


China says its people will never
stand for Taiwan independence


Hundreds protest in downpour at
shut McDonald's headquarters


Japan's Abe takes G7 leaders to
shrine as economy tops summit agenda


Trump fires his national political
director: campaign sources


Illinois House Democrats advance
FY 2017 budget amid veto threat


Lebanese citizenship law strips
women of identity and property


New Zealand parliament in lock down
after security threat ahead of budget


Asian shares look set to
advance, oil prices eye $50


EU's Tusk urges global
solidarity on refugee crisis


Eight protesters arrested at
Trump rally in California


Brazil orders diplomats to rebut
impeachment critics abroad


Chicago immigrant claims U.S.
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Exclusive: In Ecuador cyber heist, thieves
moved $9 million to 23 Hong Kong firms


Exclusive: Brazil investigating
possible corruption at Olympic venues


Calgary man found not criminally
responsible in fatal stabbing of five


Naming of new Taliban chief seen dimming
Obama's hopes for Afghan peace talks


UK PM Cameron says EU referendum
turnout is greatest concern for 'In'


Kentucky judge rules Louisville
can remove Confederate monument


Enigmatic French cave structures
show off Neanderthal skills


States ratchet up transgender
battle with lawsuit against U.S.


Fed survey lays bare
U.S. economic divide


Oklahoma Cherokee tribe leader
removed for financial violations


Accused Romania-based arms trafficker
convicted in U.S. terror trial


Exxon shareholders pass measure that
may put climate expert on board


South Carolina governor to sign
ban on abortion past 19 weeks


Funding battle begins with House
bill on regulators, agencies


Police outnumber protesters
outside Trump California rally


'Little House' star drops Michigan
political campaign: report


Guinean sailors arrested after
clash with Sierra Leone navy


Wisconsin appeals court grants
stay, reinstates right-to-work law


U.S. opposes $50 million bail
for Turkish-Iranian gold trader


U.N. concerned by rising political
tension in Congo ahead of vote


Congress moves to revamp
toxic chemical law


State officials sue U.S. government
over transgender bathroom policy


Islamic State claims fatal stabbing
of Bangladeshi Hindu: monitor SITE


House Speaker Ryan says he
hasn't decided on Trump


Puerto Rico rescue bill
advances to full House vote


Senators urge House to move
on aviation security bill


Car bomb kills three security force
members in Turkey's mainly Kurdish region


New Whole Foods chain
365 faces tough mission


Belgian police detain four on suspicion
of belonging to terrorist group


Clinton email server broke
government rules, watchdog finds


Exclusive: EU launches contingency
talks for Brexit vote - sources


Obama administration officials
warn lawmakers over Iran sanctions


U.S. House panel approves
Puerto Rico debt rescue bill


Alberta wildfire singes
companies beyond energy sector


U.S. House speaker Ryan says he
is not yet ready to endorse Trump


U.S. lawmakers endorse stay on
litigation in Puerto Rico rescue


New Afghan Taliban leader was
compromise candidate: sources


Former Canadian PM Harper to
leave politics, reports say


Hacker who exposed Hillary Clinton's
email server pleads guilty


Police warn 'swift' action
against anti-Trump protesters


U.S. airports still understaffed
for peak travel: TSA head


Italian navy says migrant
boat flipped, five dead


Clinton did not comply with federal
email policy, watchdog finds


Kenya police arrest two for planning
Islamic State-linked attack


Israel's new defense chief jokes
about curbing his fiery nature


Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to
Obama, who promises cooperation


Exclusive: Apple explores charging
stations for electric vehicles


Afghan draft law must stop punishing
women over 'moral crimes': rights group


Russia's Putin pardons Ukrainian
pilot, sends her home in prisoner swap


French labor clash escalates,
public fear impact on Euro 2016


Aid experts give first World
Humanitarian Summit mixed report card


Police ready for protests at Trump
California rally after New Mexico chaos


SEC investigating Alibaba's
accounting practices


Top Shi'ite cleric urges restraint
in assault on Iraq's Falluja


Moscow frees Ukraine pilot in swap
for Russians held in conflict


Pro-EU group unveils Soviet-style mural
of Trump kissing ex-Mayor Johnson


'In' camp keeps almost all its lead
ahead of EU vote: Survation poll


French, Italian firms to help
search for EgyptAir black boxes


Clearout of Greek refugee camp
should reopen economic artery


U.S.-backed Syrian militias not preparing
assault on Islamic State capital: spokesman


Trump unlikely to be able to renegotiate
climate deal: U.N. climate chief


Thailand canvasses support for
controversial charter ahead of August vote


EgyptAir to contract French, Italian
companies for black boxes search


Netanyahu signs coalition deal, names
far-right Lieberman defense chief


Jailed Ukraine pilot heads home under
prisoner swap with Russia: sources


Afghan Taliban appoint a new
leader, Kabul urges peace


Vietnam PM says country not pursuing
military buildup in South China Sea


Germany, France hold back
NATO, EU ambitions in Libya


Trump advisers push him to target
OPEC, regulations in big energy speech


Paying the ultimate
price on Mount Everest


Swedish court upholds
Assange arrest warrant


Syrian rebels agree in Qatar
to stop fighting each other


Tech billionaire Thiel backing wrestler
Hogan's Gawker lawsuit: Forbes


Russia says holding off air
strikes on Nusra Front in Syria


Moscow poised to hand over prisoner
Savchenko to Ukraine: reports


Obama to Asians worried about U.S.
election: It's going to be OK


Kenya says its troops kill 21
al Shabaab fighters in Somalia


Pardoned Russians on way to prisoner
swap for jailed Ukrainian Savchenko


Protesters throw rocks, bottles at
police outside Trump rally in New Mexico


French police break fuel depot
blockade, nuclear plant strike looms


Polish minister says looking for
solutions to constitutional row


Japan PM Abe to discuss Okinawa
crime with Obama ahead of G7


From hinterland to wonderland:
China's 'teapot' refinery boomtowns


Workers vote 24-hour strike at France's
Nogent nuclear plant: CGT spokesman


Islamic State 'falsely
claiming' attacks in Bangladesh


Vietnamese dissident a reluctant
tourist during Obama visit


Australia immigration policy
threatens to hijack election agenda


Israel's Lieberman agrees terms to
join Netanyahu government: spokesman


Taiwan's new government has no schedule
for resuming China trade talks: minister


Ten killed in suicide
attack near Afghan capital


Philippine death squads very much in
business as Duterte set for presidency


Exclusive: Sanofi to unveil challenge
to Medivation's board - sources


Bidders fail to reach minimums for
two rare U.S. coins at auction


Lockheed's F-35 jet to face delay
in testing: U.S. govt officials


Clinton knocks Trump for
cheering housing bubble burst


San Francisco lawmakers vote to
uphold sanctuary city policy


Obama to return to Indiana city after
seven years to highlight progress


U.N. urges Falluja combatants to
let civilians escape fighting


Rare U.S. coins expected to fetch up
to $27 million at New York auction


HP Enterprise to merge IT services
unit with Computer Sciences


DoubleLine's Gundlach says U.S.
stock market is 'dead money'


Bodies believed to be slain
couple found in Washington state


Alabama House speaker's ethics
trial roils state politics


Trump, aiming to offset money
disadvantage, escalates Clinton attacks


No sign of EgyptAir plane technical
problems before takeoff: sources


Lawmakers see path ahead
for Puerto Rico rescue plan


U.S. to seek death penalty against
accused South Carolina church shooter


Ohio violated voting rights by
reducing early voting -U.S. judge


Former Republican candidate Santorum
endorses Trump for president


Estonian PM doesn't rule out
taking refugees direct from Turkey


'Doctors waiting for death' - Syrian
aid workers appeal for more protection


Acquittal in Freddie Gray case will not
alter Maryland prosecutors' strategy


Ferguson city attorney
steps down after criticism


Senate rejects new U.S. retirement
rule; Obama ready to veto


Suspected Islamic State supporter
revokes own request for bail


Michigan governor issues state of energy
emergency ahead of holiday weekend


Bill to cloak U.S. 'dark money' seen
as harmful to charity fraud fight


Ken Starr reportedly fired as Baylor
president; university declines comment


Thousands of migrants saved in
23 rescue operations off Libya


Pakistan can't confirm Taliban leader
is dead, criticizes U.S. drone strike


Pennsylvania judge orders Cosby
to trial on sexual assault charge


Toyota, Uber latest to join
forces in ride-sharing rush


Louisiana governor to sign law
making police killings hate crimes


Some crude production restarts as
cool weather saps Canadian wildfire


Baylor declines comment on reports Ken
Starr fired as university president


U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches
new attack near Islamic State capital


Two Colombian journalists missing
after Spanish reporter vanishes


Portuguese, Russian espionage
suspects arrested in Rome


Senator Durbin cites problems
with House Puerto Rico debt bill


Red Bull deal
gives GoPro wings


Brazil police probe U.S. Steel
venture, Tenaris pipe unit


New York inmate photo makes it to
Facebook, despite cellphone ban


Texas teen sentenced to 38 years
for murdering Iraqi immigrant


Too soon to say explosion downed
plane, Egypt forensics chief says


U.S. new homes sales hit eight-year
high, point to firming economy


U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance begins offensive
to seize territory north of Raqqa: spokesman


Police seek man who slammed dog
on L.A. sidewalk, killing it


Senators renew push to overhaul
military handling of sex assault


Monsanto rejects Bayer bid,
but open to more talks


Democratic presidential candidate
Sanders seeks recount in Kentucky


Republican push to impeach U.S.
IRS chief hit by Democrats


EU regulators clear $100 bln-plus
AB InBev, SABMiller deal


U.N., Turkey disappointed G7 leaders
skipped humanitarian conference


French strike hits refinery
output in labour reform showdown


Daughter of detained Hong Kong
bookseller appeals for U.S. help


Two FBI agents shot while serving
warrant outside of Chicago


Judge finds enough evidence for
Cosby to go to trial on sex assault


U.S. official says India has
addressed nuclear concerns


Cosby accuser was 'paralyzed' by
pills during sex assault -detective


Egypt forensics chief says too
soon to say explosion downed plane


Volkswagen, U.S. make substantial
progress toward final deal: judge


Over 60,000 union workers protest
labor reform plans in Brussels


'Staff errors' led to 152 U.S.
inmates serving extra time: report


U.S. charges New York man for
providing support to Islamic State


Houston police probe bomb threat
on Delta plane, no device found


Four Turkish soldiers killed by roadside
bomb in southeast - security sources


Monsanto to reject Bayer bid,
seek higher price: sources


Strikes cripple French oil
refineries, disrupt shipping


Student protesters tussle with
guards at Chile presidential palace


Texan who called Obama a prostitute
runs for school board seat


Prosecutors investigate Romanian
Senate speaker for false testimony


VW sees provisions sufficient
for DOJ civil agreement: source


Greece starts moving migrants
from squalid border camp


U.S. security union wants more
screeners to ease airport delays


Israeli watchdog criticizes Netanyahu
over free air tickets decade ago


Virginia governor says confident
campaign donor was legitimate


Sumner Redstone appoints two
new members to his trust


As disaster risks rise, 20 vulnerable
nations get help to prepare


Japan, Canada share 'serious
concerns' on South China Sea: PM Abe


Afghanistan says Taliban shadow
governor in Helmand killed


As fighters return from Libya,
Tunisia faces growing challenge


Investigators raid Google Paris
HQ in tax evasion inquiry


Cosby arrives at Pennsylvania
court in sex assault case


Investigators play down explosion
theory in EgyptAir crash


Activists urge inquiry after Rohingya
shot in Thai detention center breakout


Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja,
U.N. concern mounts for civilians


Nine men charged after latest
protest clashes in Kenya


Cyprus president cuts short
Turkey trip after protocol row


New Turkish cabinet reflects
Erdogan's growing power


Japan an alluring target for
Standard Bank ATM thieves


Prosecutor confirms Google Paris
raid in tax evasion probe


Egyptian head of forensics denies reports
of explosion on plane: state news


Philippines says Malaysian Navy detains
three fishermen in South China Sea


Shaken Austrian government pledges
action on asylum after far-right surge


Rome prosecutors suspect mafia of
rigging exam for prison guard jobs


Up against strict laws, Texas women
learn do-it-yourself abortions


Rocker Neil Young, a Canadian,
talks U.S. presidential politics


North Dakota oil truck operator faces
sentencing for contract murders


Abortion, taboo in Jamaica, makes
its way into island dancehalls


Italy's 5-Star sees Rome vote
paving way to government


SWIFT to unveil new security
plan after hackers' heists


Surge in eastern fighting kills
seven Ukrainian soldiers: official


EU should keep promises to Turkey, or Ankara
will cancel agreements with bloc: Cavusoglu


EgyptAir remains point to blast, no
explosives traces so far: forensics


Cosby to return to court in
criminal sexual assault case


Key economy figures kept in new Turkish
cabinet, Erdogan keeps influence


Remains retrieved from EgyptAir wreckage suggest
blast on board: Egypt forensics official


Greek port workers plan 48-hour
walkout against privatizations


Obama prods Vietnam on rights after
activists stopped from meeting him


Saudi court hands death sentence to man
convicted of 2004 attack on Swiss firm


In Iran, dividends of nuclear
deal are slow to appear


More challenges than cheer
for Apple chief on Asia tour



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