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The Danger of Disrobing the Judiciary

Artful advocates advise this about addressing the court: if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither is on your side, pound the table. Adding to that adage, pusillanimous politicians propose undressing the court: if you fear its decision, …

Judiciary

Americans Aren't Paying Attention To That Huge Obamacare Supreme Court Case

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling in a major Affordable Care Act case that could force millions off their health insurance this June. But if you're like most Americans, you're pretty much clueless about it.<p>That's right: More than seven in 10 people have heard "nothing at all" or "only a …

Hong Kong protest leader, Joshua Wong, ends hunger strike

<b>Joshua Wong, the teenage student who became an icon of Hong Kong's protests for greater democracy, has ended a hunger strike after four days.</b><p>Mr Wong said he was halting his 108-hour strike on the advice of a doctor.<p>However, he said the protesters' fight would go on. Three other students are still …

Hagel: Withdrawal of 1,000 troops from Afghanistan to be delayed

The U.S. military is delaying the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops through the first few months of 2015, Defense Secretary<p>Chuck Hagelsaid Saturday.<p>The decision means that up to 10,800 troops, rather than 9,800, could remain in Afghanistan as the U.S.-led combat mission winds down at the end of …

Afghanistan

Mystery surrounds arrest of woman who may be ISIS leader's wife

Iranian air force bombs Isis targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Washington and Tehran deny coordination as part of US-led coalition against Islamic State<p>Analysis: Ingenuity keeps Iran’s Vietnam-era planes flying in fight against Isis<p>Iran’s air force has attacked targets of Islamic State (Isis) in eastern Iraq, the Pentagon has said.<p>Tehran has denied carrying …

American patient arrives at Atlanta hospital for Ebola testing

Spokeswoman confirms arrival of healthcare worker Hospital has treated four of 10 Ebola patients treated in US<p>An American healthcare worker who may have been infected with the Ebola virus in west Africa has arrived at a hospital near Atlanta.<p>Emory University Hospital spokeswoman Holly Korschun said …

Indian sterilization clinics under scrutiny after doctor used bike pump on patients

Conditions in Indian sterilization clinics are under renewed scrutiny after a doctor was removed from his job for using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens during the procedure.<p>Health officials in Odisha state have launched an investigation after reports that bicycle pumps were used on 56 …

Republican bill to reverse controversial immigration reforms stalls in Senate

‘Show vote’ by far right for symbolic protest bill reveals split in Republican party that may thwart attempt to pass budget legislation next week<p>A Republican protest vote over President Obama’s immigration reforms quickly ran out of momentum in the face of White House and Senate opposition, but the …

Third member of U.N. mission in Liberia contracts Ebola

MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper in Liberia has contracted Ebola and is being treated at a clinic in the capital Monrovia, becoming the third member of the mission infected by the deadly virus since the outbreak began.<p>The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said in a statement that it …

Obama nominates Ash Carter to lead Defense, Hagel not at ceremony

President Barack Obama announced Friday that Ash Carter is his pick to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.<p>"With a record of service that has spanned more than 30 years, Ash is quietly regarded as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders," Obama said Friday from the White …

Ebola 'czar' urges Congress to authorize emergency funding

The<p>Ebolaoutbreak can only be successfully contained if the U.S. takes the lead and provides funding to fight the deadly virus at home and in West Africa, the man tapped to coordinate the federal government's response to the disease said Friday.<p>“In this case, America has to lead, and it has led,” …

Disease

Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to ring in the holidays with an ambitious goal: no new cases of Ebola in her country by Dec. 25.<p>"We believe we had to set a target that gave our people hope, a target that would make them more committed to taking all the precautionary measures," she …

The Sad State Of American Inequality In 12 Charts

On a number of measures, inequality in the US has been rising for the last few decades.<p>We put together a dozen charts and maps that show some of the core issues of inequality.

Income Inequality

Indian women die after state-run mass sterilisation campaign goes wrong

Eleven dead and dozens more in hospital after doctor reportedly carried out 80 operations in five hours<p>Eleven women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, with 20 listed as critically ill, after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign went horribly wrong.<p>More than 80 women underwent …

Mexicans burn ruling party's HQ over students

Outraged Mexicans protesting against the presumed murder of 43 students have set ablaze the ruling party's Guerrero state headquarters and briefly held a police commander prisoner.<p>Riot police clashed with protesters in running street battles as black smoke billowed from the white two-story building …

Azerbaijan Shoots Down Armenian Military Helicopter

This is the first such incident since a 1994 ceasefire deal between the two warring nations.<p>Azerbaijan shot down a military helicopter belonging to ethnic Armenian-controlled region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday, according to Armenia's Defense Ministry.<p>The downing of the helicopter sparked …