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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

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and … 0

American journalist held in Syria freed

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. … 0

Four women accuse Everett mayor of sexual harassment

Sunday, August 24, 2014

EVERETT (AP) — Four women have accused Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria of sexual harassment over the past decade. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that DeMaria rejected the allegations and suggested that opponents of a proposed casino could be spreading falsehoods about him. Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 … 0

Quake hits California’s wine region

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending more … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0

Four big-money brothers, four paths

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a … 0

Police to phase out handwritten tickets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOSTON — Traffic stops may be going high tech in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that police departments are planning to phase out those handwritten citations that officers give to motorists with instant electronic tickets. Officials say the … 0

Kinder Morgan to make case for pipeline in Dalton

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DALTON (AP) — Representatives of Kinder Morgan are scheduled to visit western Massachusetts to present their side in a debate over a natural gas pipeline expansion. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Dalton officials intend to organize a panel of residents to argue the other side. Kinder Morgan, parent … 0