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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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Cost of the War in Iraq
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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.


Suspended South Carolina speaker to
plead guilty to ethics charges: report


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


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


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


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


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


Baby killed when Palestinian drives
into Jerusalem train stop: police


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


Oklahoma judge allows law banning
abortion pills to take effect


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


Burkina Faso opposition rejects
referendum plan, calls for protests


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


Hong Kong protesters march after
fruitless talks with government


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


Brazil's Rousseff gains on Neves
ahead of Sunday runoff: poll


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


Japan prosecutors set to rule on
possible Fukushima indictments


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


Indiana police search vacant houses
after arrest of suspected killer


Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in
first known meeting with foreign visitor


More lawsuits filed against
Honda, Takata over air bags


Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private
firm ends deal with U.S. official


Chicago corrections officer
charged in pot smuggling attempt


Yahoo's revenue
rises 1 percent


Court orders mental health evaluation
for White House fence jumper


More than 20 children attacked
by bees at Texas school


U.S. seeks more Trinity guardrail
tests after jury verdict


U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA
briefing on Takata air bag defects


Fate of accused Boston bomber's
friend hinges on marijuana defense


No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU
talks; Moscow queries finances


Jailed Kurdish leader says peace
talks with Turkey entered new phase


Judge drops hints as Detroit
bankruptcy case nears finish line


Canada police say they were
tracking man who killed a soldier


Greek archaeologists unearth head
of sphinx in Macedonian tomb


Girl who died at Ohio haunted house
attraction had heart condition: official


U.S. involved in seven air
strikes on Islamic State targets


Campaign consultant pleads guilty to
embezzling $1.8 million in Texas race


Northrop protests U.S. Air
Force radar award to Raytheon


Canadian soldier dies after being
run down by suspected militant


Egypt sentences to death seven suspected
members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis


U.N. chief says moving
ahead with Gaza war inquiry


Missouri governor forms commission
to look at Ferguson unrest


Sweden gets two new sightings, as
hunt for undersea intruder goes on


Arizona jury sworn in to consider
death penalty for Jodi Arias


Americans losing billions by
taking less vacation time: survey


Newborn killer whale, first born since
2012, presumed dead in Washington


U.S. existing home sales at
one-year high, prices up


In Benghazi, Libya's army
liberates a ghost town


White House confirms U.S. citizen
released from North Korea


U.S. to funnel travelers from
Ebola-hit region through five airports


California climber dies in fall
at Zion National Park in Utah


Head of municipal securities
office at U.S. SEC to leave agency


Jury selection begins for Pa.
professor accused of poisoning wife


Death toll in Nepal's worst
trekking disaster reaches 43


Dish drops Turner channels as
contract renewal talks fail


Egypt court sets January 1 appeal
date for Al Jazeera journalists


Judge wants settlements, loan, fees
in Detroit's closing arguments


Total?s 'Big Mustache'- bon
vivant, deal-maker and risk-taker


Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr
nuclear plant: Fars news agency


Friend of accused Boston bomber
lied repeatedly, prosecutor says


Ebola among top U.S. worries but
well behind economy, jobs: poll


Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar
province a key battleground again


Investors skeptical of Rousseff's
options for Brazil finance chief


Schools closed after second
sighting of Pennsylvania sniper


Study shows U.S. forced-labor
victims unclear where to seek help


War heroes and activists to shape
new-look Ukraine parliament


Ebola low among top U.S. worries,
Americans warned about scams


Hong Kong students put their case
to government, but no breakthrough


Special Report: U.S. visa program for
crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect


23andMe, MyHeritage partner to
combine DNA and family trees


Islamic State wins ground from
Syrian government in east: monitor


Palestinians downbeat on promised
rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip


Pakistani Taliban sack influential
spokesman as divisions grow


Pistorius starts five-year term
for killing Reeva Steenkamp


Sudan's Bashir chosen by ruling party
as candidate for 2015 elections


Total CEO de Margerie killed in
Moscow as jet hits snow plow


Iraqi refugees in Lebanon 'left
behind, forgotten': charity


Canadian soldier dead after
hit by 'radicalized' driver


Baghdad restaurant
bombs kill 21


Pope to visit Turkey as region's
Christians flee Islamic State persecution


U.S., Japan to conduct joint
military drill for island defense


Ukraine, Russia, EU energy
chiefs meet to finalize gas deal


India warns Pakistan of more
pain in Kashmir fighting


Iranian cleric's death
leaves gap in key power body


Hong Kong leader indicates possible
concession as student-govt talks start


Britain sends drones to fly
surveillance missions over Syria


Juncker's EU team members
get parliamentary approval


Japan PM's woes may not end despite
resignations of two ministers


Nepoch drops ties with
'princeling' He Jintao: sources


Ukraine vote candidate survives
gun and grenade attack: party


Russian Energy Minister says hope for gas
deal with Ukraine on Tuesday: Interfax


UK lawmaker tells PM Cameron:
Ignore 'daft' anti-Europeans


U.S. urges Japan to be 'bold'
in Pacific trade pact talks


Australia drops investigation into
Indonesia 'Balibo Five' murders


Thirteen high school volleyball
players hurt in Missouri bus crash


China's growth slowest since global
crisis, annual target at risk


GAO upholds FCi protest against
security contract to USIS unit


Australia set to help China seize assets
of corrupt Chinese officials: reports


Indonesian president ponders some
cabinet picks on anti-graft concern


California mayor resigns
after drunk driving arrest


Exclusive: Iran offers 'compromises'
in nuclear talks, West unmoved


U.S. national security prosecutors
shift focus from spies to cyber


U.S. Republicans look to gain
election ground on Ebola


Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends
one of its own in porn scandal


China posts slowest growth since
global crisis, more stimulus expected


Missouri State Senator
arrested by Ferguson police


Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan
poppy cultivation hits new high


China likely to close 'gift'
loophole in corruption fight


Unfinished war in Sri Lanka
threatens paradise regained


Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S.
issues new treatment protocols


Obama praises Supreme Court
stance on gay marriage: magazine


California man charged with
murder of Saudi student


Panama arrests supreme court
judge on suspicion of corruption


U.S. issues new protocols
for treating Ebola patients


Canada police kill 'radicalized'
driver after he rams two soldiers


Seattle police officers' challenge
to use-of-force policy dismissed


U.S. approves sale of $600 million
in tank ammunition to Iraq


Woman in outrigger canoe attacked
by shark off California coast


South Sudan sexual violence
'rampant,' two-year-old raped: U.N.


China-backed hackers may have
infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog


Chile ex-mayor arrested, charged
with Pinochet-era crimes


Polls shows Rousseff gaining
momentum as Brazil election nears


Idaho pastors opposed to gay
marriage sue city over law


Cell transplant helps
paralyzed man walk with frame


U.S. airlines raise
fares by $2 on average


Libya parliament allies with renegade
general, struggles to assert authority


Indiana police charge suspect
who may have killed for decades


Alabama state House speaker
indicted on corruption charges


Brazil election poll shows Rousseff
gains ground against Neves


Banks should defer bonuses 10 years,
tap them for fines: Fed official


Plan to overhaul New York
airports takes step forward


U.S. drone crashes on landing at
airport in Niamey: Niger sources


Apple's iPhone sales beat
Street but iPad volumes slide


AbbVie says $55 billion acquisition
of Shire officially dead


Oregon man said missing after answering
Craigslist ad; police probing


NFL, others file lawsuit to
block New Jersey sports betting


Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin
offered to divide Ukraine with Poland


U.S. Congress examining deal between
NSA official, ex-agency chief


Apple beats Street targets
on strong iPhone sales


Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles
in U.S. over Takata air bags


Using military and new protocols,
U.S. ramps up Ebola response


Kenyan military kill five
militants, seize TNT explosives


Virginia missing student suspect
charged in 2005 sex assault


CEO says no gender
pay gap at Microsoft


U.S. regulator targeting lower
down payments on mortgages


U.N. officials tour Detroit to
assess impact of water shutoffs


Colorado health officials recommend
banning most pot confections


Al Qaeda attacks kill at
least 33 people in Yemen


New York man hired to assist
suicide sentenced to 12 years


Wyoming attorney general says gay
marriages can begin on Tuesday


Blood sample tests negative for
Pennsylvania police ambush suspect


Obama votes early in Chicago,
encourages others to follow


California woman gets stuck in
chimney trying to sneak into home


U.S. calls ban on entry by six
Hungarians a warning to clean up


UKIP, 5-Star welcome Polish
radical to save EU voting bloc


U.S. takes dozens off Ebola
watch lists, boosts response


Saudi inmate to stay at Guantanamo,
another cleared for transfer


U.S. Ebola response chief seeks to
reverse mistakes, step up response


Iran acts to comply with interim
nuclear deal with powers: IAEA


Virginia police in missing student
case search near where remains found


Arkansas Democrats look to ex-President
Clinton as early voting starts


Thousand potential jurors to be
called for Boston bomb trial


Missing plane, pilot remains,
found in central Florida


Supreme Court agrees to
decide gun ownership case


U.N. questions Israel
on Palestinians' rights


Daughter of Larry Flynt in
critical condition after car crash


Indiana police investigate
deaths of seven women


Gaddafi cousin hopes to
participate in Libyan peace talks


Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes
Baltic Sea nerves over Russia


Venezuela's Maduro approval rating
drops to 30 percent, poll says


Bus accident in Bangladesh
kills 32 and injures dozens


Qaeda insurgents kill 18 Houthis as
Yemen sectarian conflict spreads


Ebola fear ends for dozens on
watch lists in United States


Uruguay's roll-out of marijuana
experiment faces election risk


At least 30 killed in northeast
Nigeria clashes despite 'truce'


Benghazi attack suspect Khatallah
pleads not guilty to murder


Deaths linked to GM
ignition-switch defect rise to 29


Hope and obstacles as Russia
and Ukraine seek gas deal


Supreme Court to decide police
access to hotel guest registries


Judge to rule on Detroit
bankruptcy plan in early November


Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon
bomber due in court on Monday


EU's Barroso warns Britain against
'historic mistake' on immigration


U.S. top court declines Duane
Reade executives' appeals


Saudi Arabia steps up beheadings;
some see political message


Israelis quietly expand enclave in
Palestinian district of Jerusalem


Lufthansa says strike results
in 1,511 canceled flights


U.N. nuclear chief suggests
progress slow in Iran investigation


Aquino rejects call to annul U.S.-Philippines
forces agreement over murder case


EU's Ashton to stay on until
end of Iran nuclear talks


Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce
Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders


Fire closes UK power generation
unit, squeezing electricity supply


After clashes, Hong Kong students,
government stand their ground before talks


China likely will never open all
files on painful past, official says


Japanese PM Abe suffers
setback as two ministers quit


Polish president wants euro
decision after 2015 vote: report


Small avalanches hamper final
search for Nepal storm survivors


France will cut deficit at
appropriate pace: Sapin


Fire at British power station
under control: RWE npower


Japan needs to send officials to North
Korea on abduction issue: PM Abe quoted


South Korea concert victims'
families call for leniency


Setback for Japan PM as trade minister
quits, media say another to resign



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