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Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.<p>In the latest attempt, the Taliban finally opened …

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The Eiffel Tower will soon be surrounded with bulletproof glass walls<p>Ship carrying hundreds of migrants, rejected by Italy, set to dock in Spain<p>South …

Bangladesh jails ex-leader of Islamic party for crimes against humanity

A 91-year-old former leader of an Islamic party in Bangladesh has been sentenced to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's …

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Syria crisis: Deadly car bomb strikes north of Damascus

<b>A car bomb has exploded north of the Syrian capital Damascus killing at least 13 people including 10 policemen, activists say.</b><p>The overnight blast struck near a police station in the town of Deir Atiyeh, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>State-run Sana news agency confirmed the …

And they're off: 2016 has started

The shorter campaign cycle is dead. Long live 2016.<p>Barely eight months removed from the 2012 presidential saga, super PACs are sprouting to buck up Hillary Clinton, and GOP hopefuls are already hitting the early-state circuit — and attempting to woo donors.<p>All but absent is the (somewhat …

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China economic growth slows, partly on purpose

Although it's a 'painful process,' China's leaders seem willing to sacrifice rapid economic expansion for stable growth that creates jobs with higher salaries.<p>July 14, 2013|By Julie Makinen<p>Workers move steel tubes near a construction site in Beijing. In China,… (Wang Zhao / AFP/Getty Images …

Reid argues for rules change to end filibusters of Obama nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nevada, said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that Democrats needed to change Senate rules in order to give President Barack Obama executive branch officials whom he wanted to carry out his agenda. “Whoever is president should be able to have the people on their …

Israeli PM threatens to strike Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that Iran is moving "closer and closer" to building a nuclear weapon and warned that his country may have to act against Tehran to curb it from achieving its goal before the United States does.<p>"They're edging up to the red line. They haven't …

GLENN GREENWALD: Snowden Documents Could Become The United States' Worst Nightmare

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.<p>"Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. …

Obama makes economic case for US immigration reform

Barack Obama touted the economic case for immigration reform on Saturday, suggesting that it would help trim the deficit and boost job creation. In …

These Republicans Who Want To Limit Food Stamps Represent A Lot Of Food Stamp Recipients

These are some of the members of Congress who have been the most vocal in support of limiting SNAP and the number of households receiving SNAP benefits in their districts.<p>Data via the Department of Agriculture. Numbers are not exact because new data for 2012-2013 will not be ready until the fall …

It's Incredible How Much Money America Gives To Egypt

The recent military coup in Egypt has prompted a renewed debate about American aid to the country. Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, have both called for cutting off aid, while the White House has said it's in no hurry to end the aid.<p>We've taken a step …

Time to fix the charitable deduction

Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus and ranking minority member Orrin Hatch have issued a bracing and unusual challenge to their colleagues: make the essential case for any and all tax breaks — don’t assume that the home mortgage interest deduction and state and local tax deductions will …

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano To Resign

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down to take charge of the University of California system.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The president's cabinet secretary who is …

After Some Celebrating, LGBT Organizations Talk Voting Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings have left many social justice advocates with mixed feelings. In the same week last month, America witnessed …