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Chad forces take Nigerian town from militants

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad’s military said. The Chadian forces regained control Monday of Dikwa, a town occupied by the militants for weeks, said Chad’s military spokesman Col. Azem Bermandoua. One soldier was killed and 34 were wounded, most by a suicide car bomber, Bermandoua said …

Thousands flee in Chile as volcano spews lava

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PUCON, Chile — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a …

Russian dissenters face grim future as Nemtsov buried

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MOSCOW — After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia’s beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom. The sadness and loss that drew thousands to Nemtsov’s funeral is unlikely to add vigor to the small and marginalized opposition, or dent the broad public …

Boehner mum on Homeland Security vote

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White …

Tens of thousands march in Moscow to mourn slain Putin foe

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MOSCOW — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, …

Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Netanyahu

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration’s diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to “the benefit of …

Girl’s seizure disorder may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up …

Venezuela restricts US access in response to ‘gringo’ meddling

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before …

Fugitive US sect leader arrested

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a “Maidens Group” at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota. A statement …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath …

Blogger who criticized Muslim extremists killed in Bangladesh

Friday, February 27, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Assailants hacked to death an American secular writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin and seriously wounded his wife outside a book fair in Dhaka, the South Asian nation’s capital, officials said Friday. Avijit Roy, 42, a champion of liberalism and outspoken critic of Islamists, was …

What is ‘coding’ and should you learn it?

Friday, February 27, 2015

It’s time to talk about coding, the building block for all the great (and yes, not-so-great) apps you use every day. But we’ll start with a confession: I don’t know how to code. I’ve wanted to learn, and …

FCC OKs ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating …