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The Interpreter: Why Afghanistan’s War Defies Solutions

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:23 GMT

Boys in Kabul, the Afghan capital, last year. Afghanistan’s combination of state collapse, civil conflict, ethnic disintegration and multisided intervention has locked it in a self-perpetuating cycle that may be beyond outside resolution.Experts say that Afghanistan is locked in a cycle of state collapse, and outside involvement may be making matters there worse.


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2 Arrested in Rotterdam After Terrorist Threat to Concert

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:21:46 GMT

A van with Spanish license plates was stopped on Wednesday by the police in Rotterdam, near the Maassilo music venue. The vehicle was found to be carrying gas canisters.A show in the Netherlands by the band Allah-Las was abandoned on the advice of the police in Spain, where attacks killed 15 last week.


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How a Shadowy Imam Evaded Scrutiny and Forged the Barcelona Cell

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:22:15 GMT

People mourning on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, at the site of last week’s attack. Further details are emerging about the imam who appears to have recruited and helped train the attackers.Abdelbaki Essati, believed to be the recruiter behind the attacks in Spain, had deep links with Islamic extremists and seems to have learned their methods well.


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Canadian Judge Faces Possible Discipline for Wearing Trump Cap

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:22:09 GMT

Justice Bernd Zabel last year. The judge said he had worn a “Make America Great Again” hat as a joke.Justice Bernd Zabel of Ontario faced a disciplinary panel because he arrived in his Hamilton courtroom wearing a red “Make America Great Again” ball cap.


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As Trump’s Peacemaker, Kushner Finds Common Ground, and Complications, in Middle East Trip

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:17:25 GMT

Jared Kushner and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on Wednesday. Just a day earlier, the United States cut or delayed nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt.Just a day before Jared Kushner met with Egypt’s president, the U.S. cut or delayed nearly $300 million in aid to the country.


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Letter 22: American Exasperation and Australian Humor

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:26:58 GMT

Trump chocolate bars at a New York airport.This week’s newsletter: impressions of the United States after a recent visit, and readers’ comments on Australian banter.


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Russia’s Sudan Ambassador Found Dead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:58:18 GMT

Mirgayas Shirinsky, 60, was said to have been discovered in the pool of his Khartoum home. He was at least the fourth Kremlin envoy to die prematurely since December.






Russian Conglomerate’s $2.3 Billion Fine May Chill Investors

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:35:09 GMT

A privately owned Russian conglomerate says it was penalized for routine transactions as it prepared to take a subsidiary public.






Bukavu Journal: Congo’s Specialty Brews Look to Be the ‘Future of Coffee’

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:19:24 GMT

Linda Mugaruka grading coffees at the Saveur du Kivu festival in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in May. Ms. Mugaruka, 24, is one of a few “cuppers,” or coffee tasters, from eastern Congo.Despite conflict and political instability, the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to be one of Africa’s most promising specialty coffee producers.


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Election in Angola Marks End of an Era

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:42:59 GMT

Angola’s president is stepping down after 38 years in power, but his successor is likely to come from his governing party after Wednesday’s election.



Mastermind or Naïf? Samsung Heir’s Fate Hinges on the Question

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:12:47 GMT

“In retrospect I had a lot of shortcomings and didn’t take care of the things that needed to be taken care of,” said Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung empire, known as Jay Y. Lee in the west.Jay Y. Lee, heir to the Samsung empire, faces a verdict in a bribery trial that has riveted South Korea and put a focus on his management style.


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Bulletin Board: Readers Voice Criticism Over Coverage of Swedish Journalist’s Death

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:08:24 GMT

Kim WallAn editor notes that while cultural and social context is important, our comparison needed additional information.


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Picturing the First World War: Russian Women Muster for a ‘Battalion of Death’

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:00:13 GMT

“Russian women soldiers, who have cut their hair short, shown in their dormitory.”Following the first revolution of 1917, women were permitted to fight on the front lines.


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Taliban Kill 7 in Attack on Afghan Army Convoy

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:29:28 GMT

Afghan National Army soldiers inspecting damaged army vehicles after a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.The suicide attack in Helmand Province is the first major assault since President Trump announced his strategy for Afghanistan.


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Savoring the Spanish of My Youth, as the Language Marches On

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:19:39 GMT

Chavez Karate, in the South Valley of Albuquerque, advertises in both Spanish and English.For our correspondent in Albuquerque, a fresh encounter with the Spanish language in New Mexico sparks a rumination about its history — and its future.


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Une épidémie de suicides ronge le monde agricole français

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:48:52 GMT

Marie Le Guelvout dans la ferme bretonne où son frère Jean-Pierre s’est suicidé au mois de décembre. “C‘était un coin qu’il aimait, il adorait s’occuper des champs à côté“, dit-elle.Souffrant de l’isolement, de la rigueur d’un travail très physique et de pressions financières croissantes, les agriculteurs sont poussés au désespoir alors que les autorités et les associations tentent de leur venir en aide.


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Saudi Coalition Airstrikes Near Yemen’s Capital Kill Civilians

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:20:59 GMT

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition resumed air strikes near Sana, Yemen, on Wednesday.After a lull, warplanes hit targets around Sana, including a hotel where at least 30 agricultural workers were said to be dead or wounded.


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Death of Philippine Teenager Stokes Opposition to Duterte’s Drug Crackdown

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:57:08 GMT

Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, was among 96 shot dead last week in what the Philippine police called a “one-time, big-time” crackdown on drug dealers and addicts.Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, is just one of thousands of Filipinos fatally shot by the police since last year, but the Senate has ordered an investigation into his killing.


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Cambodia Orders Expulsion of Foreign Staff Members With American Nonprofit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:29:46 GMT

Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia during a factory visit in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.The crackdown comes as Cambodia’s long-serving leader, Hun Sen, tries to solidify his grip on power before elections next year.


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U.N. Panel Condemns Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Violence

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:28:29 GMT

During a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, President Trump blamed the news media for the country’s deepening divisions, saying it had failed to properly report his remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.The anti-racism committee invoked its urgent warning procedures for the first time since an outbreak of killings last year in Burundi.


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