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In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into the former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong’s wife … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review of campaign finance records by The Associated Press shows Baker has received contributions of more … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. Warren, whose tough-on-Wall-Street message makes progressives swoon, … 0

Egypt’s new president sworn in

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, winner by a landslide in last month’s presidential election, was sworn into office Sunday nearly a year after he ousted the nation’s first freely elected leader. The retired field … 0

Opposition to proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion surfaces in Whately

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHATELY — Last-minute opposition is surfacing against the proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion as residents prepare to go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a debt exclusion for the project. Two Finance Committee members, Joseph Zewinski and Robert Fydenkevez, and a town resident, John Wroblewski, have … 0

Ralph Nader calls for nonpartisan political alliances as key to change

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader had plenty to say Wednesday night about how Americans on both sides of the political aisle could work together to more swiftly bring government changes wanted by … 0

Recount leaves outcome unchanged in Belchertown School Committee election

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A recount in the three-way race for two seats on the School Committee yielded one additional vote for third-place finisher David Vacchi but did not change the outcome of the election. Dawn French, whose total of … 0

Spanish king abdicates in favor of more popular son

Monday, June 2, 2014

MADRID — King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation’s financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his more popular son so that fresh royal … 0

Palestinians form cabinet

Monday, June 2, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year split with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals but drawing Israeli threats of retaliation. The formation of the … 0

Ralph Nader to speak Wednesday in Shelburne Falls about latest book ‘Unstoppable’ which seeks to overcome partisan barriers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — When consumer advocate and social critic Ralph Nader ran for president in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, the biggest surprise for Nader — who says he was “stereotyped as an ultra-liberal” — was that he received slightly more support from Republicans than from Democrats. He … 0

El-Sissi wins Egyptian election by landslide

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CAIRO — Nearly a year after he ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected president by a landslide of 92 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by his campaign … 0

Pro-military fervor in evidence as Egyptians go to polls

Monday, May 26, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s presidential election on Monday turned into a nationalist celebration at many polls with voters singing and dancing for the almost certain winner — former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who last year ousted the first … 0

Modi becomes Indian PM

Monday, May 26, 2014

NEW DELHI — Narendra Modi took the oath of office as India’s new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archrival Pakistan. Modi’s inauguration … 0