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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a speech to nearly 300 in attendance at the 2014 RedState Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry was indicted on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

G rand jury indicts Gov. Perry over veto threat

Friday, August 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting … 1

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split. Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while … 0

Turkish prime minister wins first direct presidential vote

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power grab as he embarks on another five years at the country’s helm. “I will not be the president of only those who voted … 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

State GOP pushes back on indexed gasoline tax

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOSTON — Critics of a law that allows for automatic increases in the state’s gasoline tax have pounced on the issue with the hope of pushing it to the forefront of the election year debate. Republicans, currently shut out of statewide offices and heavily outnumbered in the Legislature, … 0

Far right, Euroskeptics make big gains in EU vote

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BRUSSELS — Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish … 0