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Colorado floods: rescuers warn of weeks without power

Rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, issuing a stern warning to anyone thinking of staying behind: leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.<p>National Guard helicopters and truck convoys carried the message into paralyzed canyon …

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<i>This story was originally published on June 27, 2013.</i><p><i>There have been a lot of news stories about NSA surveillance programs following the leaks of</i> …

Unfair Share

Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he …

F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt

<i>This article has been updated to reflect new developments. It was first published on Jan. 31, 2011.</i><p>The Obama administration is reportedly preparing …

America is one bad winter away from a food disaster, thanks to dying bees

Forget the plight of the polar bear for a moment and consider the coming collapse of the $30 billion honey bee economy in the US.<p>Since 2006 honey bees responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops—from apples to zucchini—have been dying by the tens of millions. As a new report from the US …

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D.C. says it broke open records law 926 times in a year

The District government violated its own open records law more than 900 times last year when its agencies took at least 26 days to respond to …

Israeli air strike kills Palestinian in Gaza

An Israeli air strike has killed a Palestinian man and wounded another in the Gaza Strip, medics said, in what appeared to be the first such attack since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war last November.<p>Israel confirmed Tuesday's attack, saying it targeted a fighter involved in a rocket attack on …

Musharraf banned from politics for 'life'

A Pakistani court has imposed a lifetime ban on former president Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections, the latest blow since he returned from exile to make a political comeback.<p>The Peshawar High Court handed down the lifetime ban Tuesday after hearing an appeal by Musharraf's lawyer to allow …

Twitter warns media outlets against hacks

Twitter issued a warning to media organisations to improve the security of their tweeting procedures following several high profile hacks in recent weeks.<p>In a memo sent to hundreds of media outlets and posted on the Buzzfeed.com website on Tuesday, the internet company said that the hacking …

Punch-up in Venezuelan parliament

Fistfights have broken out in Venezuela's parliament, injuring a number of legislators during an angry session linked to the South American nation's bitter election dispute.<p>The opposition said seven of its parliamentarians were attacked and hurt on Tuesday when protesting a measure to block them …

Anti-Muslim violence hits central Myanmar

At least one person has died and 10 people have been injured in central Myanmar after Buddhist gangs set fire to hundreds of homes and overrun two mosques.<p>Tuesday's flare-up in Okkan, 110km north of Yangon, is the latest anti-Muslim violence to shake the Southeast Asian nation since late March.<p>In …

US sees evidence of chemical arms in Syria

President Barack Obama has said the US has evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and that his administration might have to "rethink the range of options" available to Washington with regard to its strategy in the country.<p>In a rare Tuesday press conference at the White House, Obama said …

Bombs kill Afghan official and British troops

An Afghan official has said fighters used a bomb and small arms to kill a representative of a government peace council entrusted with helping start talks with the Taliban.<p>Omaer Zawak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand, said the attack that killed Malim Shah Wali Khan on Wednesday also wounded …

Boston police take three into custody

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in the investigation of last month's bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Police Department.<p>"Three additional suspects taken into custody in marathon bombing case. Details to follow," the police force said in its …

Deadly bombings rock Iraqi cities

At least 15 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq, police and medics say.<p>Wednesday's attacks follow a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia.<p>A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated …

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North Korea sentences US citizen to jail

North Korea has sentenced a US citizen to 15 years of hard labour for "hostile acts" against the government, the official Korean Central News Agency has said.<p>Pae Jun-ho, known in the United States as Kenneth Bae, was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason.<p>"The …

Afghanistan cargo plane crash caught on camera

The moment a US cargo plane spun out of control and crashed shortly after take-off in Afghanistan, killing all seven crew members, has been captured on video.<p>The Boeing 747, which had taken off from Bagram airbase near the Afghan capital Kabul destined for Dubai, exploded in flames after crashing …

Guantánamo 'not in the best interests of the American people', says Obama

Barack Obama vowed to take action to close the controversial prison camp at Guantánamo Bay on Tuesday, declaring that he did not want any of its …

Hezbollah is helping Assad fight Syria uprising, says Hassan Nasrallah

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has confirmed for the first time that members of the powerful Lebanese Shia organisation are helping …

Assad’s Unlikely Allies: Who In The West Is Supporting The Maligned Syrian Dictator, And Why

Two years ago, when the Arab Spring was still freshly sprung and the promise of democracy in the Middle East was tantalizingly close, the world fell …

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The officially secret drone war, carried out in some of the world’s most dangerous regions, is extremely challenging to report on. Several thousand …