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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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Cached Jul 29, 2016, 11:12 pm (all times Eastern US)
 
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Reuters News
Exclusive: Clinton campaign also
hacked in attacks on Democrats


Data in focus as market
struggles for direction


U.N. Human Rights Commission slams
Australia youth prison abuse


Accused gunman charged in fatal
San Diego police shooting


Clinton gets down to campaign
business with Rust Belt trip


Federal judge strikes down
parts of Wisconsin voter laws


Trump to Clinton: 'No
more Mr. Nice Guy'


Mexico agrees to monitor for
its probe of student massacre


Minnesota judge denies claims of
29 would-be heirs to Prince estate


Canada couple freed in terror
entrapment case swiftly rearrested


CIA chief Brennan not optimistic
about Syria's future as one country


Scots back remaining in UK
despite Brexit vote: poll


Couple pleads guilty to financial
crimes in pharmacy case


U.N. council approves police to
Burundi, several states abstain


U.S. Navy to name ship after
gay activist Harvey Milk


Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe,
federal scientists kept at arm's length


U.S. Air Force asks industry for
proposals to replace nuclear missiles


No charges in fatal police shooting
of Idaho rancher: prosecutors


Clinton leads Trump by 6 points after
Democratic confab: Reuters/Ipsos poll


Turkey's Erdogan slams West for failure
to show solidarity over coup attempt


Special prosecutor to probe Chicago
police conduct in teen's death


Cash-strapped Chicago schools pay big
premium in $150 million bond deal


Canada judge frees couple in
bomb case, citing entrapment


Crews battle to quell California
wildfire near Big Sur coast


Condit not suspect in intern's 2001
murder despite new developments: lawyer


U.N. extends South Sudan mission,
U.S. reports renewed violence


New Connecticut school on massacre
site blends safety and nature


Obama library will be built in
historic south side Chicago park


U.S. worried about hunger-striking
Cuban dissidents: State Department


Ex-Illinois policeman sentenced to
40 years in murder-for-hire: report


Australia team safe after Rio
Olympic Village fire evacuation


Russia has motive, capability
and form for U.S. email hack


Chicago deficit narrows despite
pension uncertainty-city analysis


Brazil's Lula to stand trial for
obstruction of justice - court


Turkish army says five soldiers killed
in clashes with Kurdish militants


U.S. court strikes down
North Carolina voter ID law


Trendy Miami neighborhood is first
in U.S. with local Zika spread


Libyan forces battle Islamic State
snipers for streets of Sirte


New York could show the way
to rescue U.S. nuclear plants


Pennsylvania attorney general
announces Hershey trust reform deal


Pope visits Auschwitz, says
same horrors happening today


Two dead in California crash
of medical transport plane


Inventory reduction curbs U.S.
economic growth; rebound expected


Nigeria prepares troops for Niger
Delta crackdown if peace talks fail


North Carolina voter ID law
struck down by U.S. appeals court


Democratic fund-raising group for
Congress candidates confirms hack


After convention high, Clinton hits
campaign trail in U.S. Rust Belt


Delaware judge proposes October trial
over removal of Viacom directors


U.S. court rejects NJ Senator
Menendez's bid to end corruption case


Tesla mulling two theories to
explain 'Autopilot' crash: source


Florida cases seen as first sign
Zika transmitted locally in U.S


Exclusive: California regulator says
testing to begin on Volkswagen diesel fix


USDA confirms unapproved GMO
wheat found in Washington state


SABMiller backs AB InBev offer for
biggest-ever consumer takeover


Rebels say kill nine Angolan
soldiers in oil-rich Cabinda enclave


U.S. worries Russian humanitarian
operation in Syria may be 'ruse'


Obama to showcase TPP after
trade deal demonized in campaign


Michigan prosecutor charges
six in Flint water scandal


U.S. growth lackluster as
firms run down inventories


Tesla crash does little to sway
public opinion on self-driving cars


'Traitors' Cemetery' reserved
for Turkey's coup plotters


Minnesota prosecutor adds special
attorney to team in black man's shooting


Two people suspected of terrorism links arrested
on train in southern France, conductor announces


U.S., Cuba hold 'substantive'
second round talks on claims


Kerry sees risk to U.S.-Russia
cooperation from Aleppo operation


Hackers hit Vietnam airports
with South China Sea messages


SABMiller board to recommend
final AB InBev offer


Up to one million people could
flee battle for Iraq's Mosul: ICRC


Florida reports evidence
of local Zika transmission


French church attacker: from
troubled childhood to altar killer


Syrian maternity hospital supported
by Save the Children bombed: charity


U.S. Democratic congressional
group confirms it was hacked


Marine pilot killed in
F/A-18 crash in California


Credit Suisse to create U.S.
banking business for billionaires


Florida confirms first
locally transmitted Zika


Putin steps up drive to kill
sanctions amid signs of EU disunity


Scars of Ferguson protests
shape Missouri governor's race


Inventory liquidation weighs on
U.S. second-quarter GDP growth


Four police officers cleared in
North Carolina shooting death


Spain's Rajoy to start government
talks with other parties on Friday


U.S. economy grows 1.2 percent in
second quarter as inventories fall


France detains Syrian refugee as
church attack investigation widens


Singaporean detained for
'terrorism-related activities'


San Diego police say officer
fatally shot, another wounded


Tibetan monk who died was tortured,
says niece who fled China


Pope, at Auschwitz, asks God
to forgive 'so much cruelty'


Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S.
says purges harming cooperation


The year of 'Neither': Why Reuters/Ipsos
is tweaking its U.S. presidential poll


Accepting White House nomination,
Clinton offers 'clear-eyed' vision


Libya government in talks to reopen
Ras Lanuf oil port: official


Bill Cosby drops remainder of
federal suit against accuser


Killing TPP would hand China 'keys to
the castle': U.S. trade representative


U.S. military prepares for biggest
Okinawa land return since 1972


Wing part found in Tanzania is 'highly
likely' from MH370: Australia minister


Two San Diego police officers shot,
conditions unknown, police department says


U.S. military to return 17 percent
of land it controls in Okinawa


Chinese relatives of those on
MH370 ask for search to continue


UK says to review EDF's Hinkley
Point nuclear energy plan


Consumers seen powering U.S.
economic growth in second quarter


BOJ eases policy by doubling ETF
buying, underwhelms expectations


Clinton promises 'clear-eyed'
vision, says Trump cannot be trusted


Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory
in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog


Two children abused in Australian
prison being counter-sued by state


Daughter Chelsea casts Clinton as
great mom, driven public servant


Australian PM says won't back
former leader Rudd for top U.N. job


In speech of her life, Clinton
promises a 'clear-eyed' vision


Exclusive: New York Fed asks
Philippines to recover Bangladesh money


Bezos passes Buffett, becomes
third-richest person: Forbes


Japan's Suga: PM Abe to
reshuffle cabinet on Aug 3


Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of
Democratic congressional group - sources


Chelsea Manning faces discipline
for prison suicide attempt: lawyers


Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation
in Syria suffers major setbacks


Among Democrats, another convention
hums in Sanders fans' phones


U.S. assessing reports an air strike
in Syria caused civilian casualties


Australia's Muslim migrants on edge, race
relations falter with rise of the right


Exclusive: Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries for
Olympics as North Korean missile threat grows: sources


Amazon tops Wall Street targets,
lifted by cloud revenue


U.S. intelligence chief not ready to
identify source of Democratic email hack


Turkey military purge harming fight
against Islamic State: Clapper


Amazon revenue beats estimates
as cloud sales surge


Alphabet posts strong revenue
on video market, stock surges


California wildfire wreaks
havoc near Big Sur coast


Charges dropped in 2001 death of
Washington intern Chandra Levy


U.S. leaders seek unity at vigil
for slain Louisiana officers


SEC freezes assets of Utah-based
Ponzi scheme operator


Suspects arrested in Yemen over
attack on Aden old folks' home


Peru's Kuczynski takes office
with a vow to fight inequality


Brazil's Lula tells U.N. his rights
violated in corruption probe


Indonesia executes three Nigerians,
one local, despite protests


Exclusive: Billionaire Republican
donors urge Kochs to back Trump


Syria's Nusra Front says ending al
Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo


For inspiration, new Democratic
stars look to Elizabeth Warren


New York pharmacy owner, husband plead
guilty to large opioid pill scheme


St. Louis ex-police officer sentenced
for assaulting handcuffed man


Anti-Boko Haram task force says
recaptures town in Nigeria's Borno state


After rousing opening acts, Clinton
to make case for the White House


Israel's Netanyahu celebrates
warming ties with Sisi's Egypt


Vice president, dignitaries
honor slain Louisiana officers


France had been hunting second
church attacker after tip-off


Spain's Rajoy accepts mandate to
form government, warns he may fail


Syria's powerful Nusra Front
says ending link to al Qaeda


Car crashes into Los Angeles house,
kills one, injures 11 - police


Dispatch from inside
the conventions


In a country wary of migrants, Pope
tells Poles to welcome refugees


Venezuela's opposition-run congress
defies government over ban


White House says no politics in
U.S. cyber threat investigations


Connecticut man charged with
threatening Jews online


U.N. veto powers mull arms embargo
on South Sudan, more troops


FDA takes steps to protect blood
supply in Florida amid Zika probe


Twenty percent chance of cyclone off
Leeward Islands: U.S. hurricane center


Nicaraguan local police commissioner
gunned down outside Managua


Clinton to make case for the White
House, after a big warm-up from Obama


Erdogan wants army under president's
control after coup: Turkish official


Senior Pakistani officer to investigate
British woman's suspected 'honor killing'


Houthi-led bloc says to set up body
to run Yemen with peace talks stalled


Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your
own pre-election hacking scandal


Fervent jihadist or suicidal refugee:
the many faces of Bavarian bomber


University of Louisville president
resigns amid FBI, NCAA probes


Five U.S. military members
injured in Afghanistan: commander


Turkey's investment grade hangs in
balance as post-coup purges deepen


Migrants tell of horrors of
voyage in Italy media campaign


Defiant Merkel cuts short holiday
to defend response to attacks


British PM May wants bespoke
Brexit to make success of EU exit


Attorney general to attend vigil
honoring police in Baton Rouge


Police in Germany search job agency
after reports of armed woman


Facebook shares hit record high
as it beats estimates again


EU needs new vision as it is falling
in love with itself, says Slovak PM


Berkshire's Duracell to close South
Carolina plant, affecting 430 workers


U.S. concerned over Israel's
settlement activity: State Department


Brazil police in Rio state arrest
man for suspected IS support


Turkey's armed forces face
deep overhaul in wake of coup


Hollande says will stay true to
values after Trump swipe at France


Flash floods kill
scores in Nepal, India


Britain needs to find new Brexit
model to make success of EU exit


Trump says was being 'sarcastic'
in Russia hack comments


Study finds cosmic rays increased
heart risks among Apollo astronauts


U.S. jobless claims rise;
labor market still strong


Islamic State's oil revenue dives
as it loses Iraqi territory


Philippines' Duterte threatens to
call off truce after rebel ambush


Mistrust of Clinton on trade shadows
her at Democratic convention


Merkel says Germany stands against
terrorists' culture of hatred


Philippines sets the ball
rolling for federal system


Reagan's would-be assassin now Virginia
suburb's infamous new resident


Second French church attacker
was known to police: sources


Spain's Ciudadanos party says wants
government with conservatives, socialists


Central California wildfire destroys
34 homes, forces 350 to evacuate


Syrian army tightens grip around
Aleppo, says offers safe passage


German police raid mosque and
apartments in crackdown on Salafists


Obama asks U.S. voters to 'carry'
Clinton to White House, defeat Trump


China says pressing ahead
with own anti-missile system


Pope thanks Poles for clinging
to faith in difficult times


South Korea says North
hacked online shopping site


China says to hold drills with
Russia in South China Sea


Syrian pro-government forces
'widely using' cluster bombs: HRW


Turkey has intelligence cleric Gulen could
flee United States: justice minister


Assad offers amnesty for Syria
rebels who lay down arms


No winners in U.S. Powerball,
jackpot grows to $478 million


Russia says starts humanitarian operation
in Aleppo, offers civilians to leave


Home flight simulator in MH370 captain's
home plotted Indian Ocean course: JACC


Spanish parties, King make fourth
bid to end political stalemate


Two of Turkey's four-star generals resign a
day after military cull: CNN Turk


Dead Bangladesh-American suspect
was friend of cafe attacker: police


Florida teenager arrested for
threatening to kill police: media


New crop of robots to vie for
space in the operating room


Obama urges Americans to get
behind Clinton, slams Trump


Chinese polluters to face more
business, financing restrictions


After attacks, Merkel cuts short
holiday to face refugee policy storm


Australian police investigate Vatican
treasurer over abuse allegations


Islamic state posts video of men it
says were French church attackers


In contrast to Trump, Obama lays
out optimistic vision for the U.S.


U.S. Democrat Kaine lays into
'one-man wrecking crew' Trump


In clash of billionaires, Bloomberg
calls Trump White House race 'a con'


Trump draws ire after urging Russia
to find 'missing' Clinton emails


North Korean defects to
South in Hong Kong: report


Australia prison abuse could
violate torture conventions: U.N.


Facebook trounces Wall Street
estimates with sharp ad sales growth


In strong attack, Biden
says Trump has "no clue"


Guatemalan judge charges former
president in bribery case


Backing Clinton, Democrats
warn against 'unsteady' Trump


German police arrest Algerian suspect
who yelled 'I'll blow you up'


U.S. theory on Democratic Party breach:
Hackers meant to leave Russia's mark


Polish leader rejects EU critique,
sees no exit referendum: Bild


WikiLeaks releases hacked Democratic
National Committee audio files


U.S. diplomatic strategy on South
China Sea appears to founder


Malta denies visas for North Korea
workers, sending them home: Yonhap


Algerian suspect arrested
in Bremen, Germany - police


Wall St. banker merely discussed
work with inside trader dad: lawyer


At least 120 cases of sexual violence
in South Sudan capital: U.N.


Two Turkish soldiers killed in bomb
attack in Kurdish southeast: sources


Turkey dismisses military, shuts
media outlets as crackdown deepens


Washington's Union Station briefly
evacuated over bomb threat: police


Anti-mining politician freed from
jail in Peru slams government


Activist Steyer expands agenda in
bid to defeat 'dangerous' Trump


Florida identifies two more Zika
cases not related to travel


German mall evacuated as police
hunt Algerian suspect: police


Fed leaves rates unchanged,
says risks to outlook reduced


Death of black man in Canada
after arrest sparks race debate


Manslaughter charge tossed for Florida
sheriff's deputy in shooting death


China denies access to Hong Kong
magazine founder, a U.S. citizen: U.S.


Obama's presidential library to be
built on Chicago's South Side: AP


U.S. looking into reports of
Iranian-American detained in Iran


French government faces security
criticisms after church attack


California power operator urges
conservation during heat wave


Teens in Slenderman case should be
tried as adults: Wisconsin court


Mortar, bombing in Baghdad kill
six, including four children


President Reagan's would-be
killer Hinckley to go free


Senior U.S. lawmakers want
information on DNC hack declassified


Great Red Spot storm heating
Jupiter's atmosphere, study shows


Democrats to contrast Clinton
with Trump's 'dangerous' approach


Firefighters battle California
wildfires, bulldozer operator dies


WTO chief won't debate Trump,
but rallies support for trade


Pope says Europe attacks show 'world
at war', religion not to blame


Scientist Brian Cox holds summer
master class in London for kids


Indonesia says will execute
14 drug convicts this weekend


Scientists find potential new
antibiotic, right under their noses


Insider trading by ex-banker's
father becomes focus in U.S. trial


Florida sheriff's deputy cleared
of manslaughter in shooting death


Lack of FGM ban in domestic violence law
fails Liberia's girls, activists say


Suitcase explosion in Germany probably
caused by aerosol can: police


Harvard University endowment
chief Stephen Blyth resigns


Indian activist wins Asia's Nobel prize
for fighting manual disposal of faeces


Fighters battling Islamic State
gather trove of documents


Zimbabwe's Mugabe says will not
quit after war veterans' rebuke


Leak forces partial evacuation of
Marathon Galveston Bay: sources


Mike Pence warns of 'consequences'
if Russia hacked emails


Florida man shoots his two
children, self after argument


Putin: Olympic ban on Russian
athletes is result of political plot


Trump says it's 'far-fetched' to think
Russia hacked Democrats to help him


Obama to make White
House pitch for Clinton


Bavarian police say no explosion
in incident near migrant center


Budding priest calls troubled
Mexican youth to 'Gang of Christ'


U.S. consumer agency aims to
tighten rules on debt collection


Baltimore prosecutor drops police
charges in Freddie Gray case


Florida judge dismisses officer's
manslaughter charge in shooting death


Obama to pitch for Clinton as having
the judgment for the White House


Austria to extradite Pakistani
over suspected Paris attack links


Conspiracy theories flourish
after Turkey's failed coup


Armed standoff heats up in Armenian
capital as gunmen seize hostages


Suitcase filled with aerosols detonated
near Nuremberg: German broadcaster


No plans to release tax returns as
pressure mounts, Trump aide says


Charges dropped against Baltimore
officers in Freddie Gray case: media


Iran sets presidential
election for May 2017


California grid asks power companies
to restrict work during heat wave


British-Bangladeshi survivor of cafe
attack held at unknown location: lawyer


Morocco to retry 24 jailed over
Western Sahara clashes in 2010


Investigation begins into allegations of civilians
killed in Syria: U.S. military spokesman


Germany bomber influenced in
chat by unknown person: minister


EU gives Poland three months to
address concerns about rule of law


Judge frees Reagan
attacker John Hinckley


Wife's bomb hoax caused security
scare at Geneva airport


Russia beefs up military on
southwestern flank as NATO approaches


After mass shooting, German
police focus on "dark net" crime


French ex-commissioner to lead EU
Brexit talks, Britain cool on move


False alarm triggered Geneva
airport security alert: prosecutors


South Africa's ANC likely to lose
local vote in major cities: polls


Turkey detains more journalists in
clampdown on cleric's followers


Website urges Britons to embrace
'Brexile', seek fortune abroad


Bahrain Shi'ite cleric goes
on trial for money laundering


Indonesia president puts ex-general,
popular World Bank leader in cabinet


Truck bomb blast kills dozens in
northeast Syria city: monitors, state TV


Police tighten security at Geneva
airport after French tip-off


India orders four maritime spy
planes from Boeing, bolsters navy


U.N. calls for humanitarian
truce in Yemen's Taiz province


California firefighters battle
wildfires in hot, windy weather


Morocco arrests 52 suspected
militants, foils several attacks


Kremlin says allegations it hacked U.S.
Democratic Party 'made-up horror stories'


No aim to 'perpetuate military rule'
with Thai charter; ex-PM rejects it


France's Hollande meets religious
leaders amid row over attacks security


Bombings kill at least 31 in
northeast Syria city, state TV says


Turkey orders detention of 47 more
journalists: government official


Turkish defectors to Greece seek
time to prepare asylum case


Australian territory stops use of
hoods, restraints on youth detainees


Deadly bombings hit northeastern
Syria city, monitor, state TV say


All 46 crew rescued after fishing vessel
sinks off Alaskan coast: Coast Guard


Turkey issues detention warrants
for 47 journalists: media


Israeli forces kill Hamas
militant in West Bank raid


Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility
for Karachi military killings


U.S. court rules Beijing meetings
helped Las Vegas Sands in Macau


Make Hillary Likable Again:
Democrats seek to recast Clinton


Indonesia's president appoints World
Bank's Sri Mulyani as finance minister


Democrat Clinton makes history,
wins U.S. presidential nomination


Japanese police raid house
of knife attack suspect


Climate change risk threatens
18 U.S. military sites: study


Gulf waterway traffic restrictions
lifted: U.S. Coast Guard


Indonesian president to announce
new Cabinet on Wednesday: palace



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