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This photo provided by the Iraqi government shows outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, surrounded by residents and security forces after his arrival in Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Al-Maliki praised residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier. (AP Photo/Iraqi Government)

Iraqi PM on warpath after rare victory over militants

Monday, September 1, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into “a big grave” for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town. Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during an unannounced visit to the northern community of Amirli, where he … 0

Ukrainian insurgents scale back demands

Monday, September 1, 2014

MOSCOW — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian … 0

Protests challenge Pakistan’s premier

Monday, September 1, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over … 0

Gaza truce open-ended Uneasy deal puts off difficult issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on … 1

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more … 0

Secret Arab airstrikes inside Libya

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after … 0

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into … 0

Gaza attacks trigger Israeli exodus from border

Monday, August 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands … 0

Candidates for governor joust as primary looms

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — Steve Grossman sharpened his attack Monday against fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley over her settlement of a case involving a prominent lobbyist. Grossman said Coakley has shown “a pattern of bad judgment” as attorney general, including her recent decision to agree to a civil settlement … 0

Crocodile attacks swimmers in Coral Gables canal

Monday, August 25, 2014

MIAMI — Coral Gables, Fla., authorities on Monday were combing a canal for a crocodile that went on the attack over the weekend. They’re also handing out warnings to area residents. Two people were bitten by the croc while swimming in a Coral Gables canal around 2 a.m. … 0

Israeli airstrike levels seven-story building in Gaza

Sunday, August 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. The strikes … 0

KKK recruitment drive raises hackles on Long Island

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Residents of the Long Island hamlet of Hampton Bays have found Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets tucked next to their mailboxes and in their driveways over the past month, Southampton police and town officials said Saturday. Police have received four complaints from residents who have … 0