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Egyptian army launches air raids after country’s deadliest extremist attack

CAIRO — The Egyptian army said Saturday that it had launched airstrikes against militants responsible for a blistering attack on a town mosque that left at least 235 people dead and scores more casualties riddled with bullets.<p>It was the deadliest extremist attack in Egypt’s modern history, shocking …

Sinai Peninsula

Pakistan launches crackdown on religious protesters, setting off violent clashes

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Security forces launched a repeatedly postponed crackdown on thousands of religious protesters here early Saturday, surrounding their encampment on a major urban highway and firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the angry demonstrators, who fought back with clubs and pelted …

Pakistan

Osaka mayor to end sister city status with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue

Japan's third-largest city, Osaka, and San Francisco became sister cities in 1957 — part of a project to twin Japanese cities with American counterparts to foster peace between former enemies and celebrate historical ties.<p>Sixty years later, that relationship is slated to come to an abrupt end. The …

Japan

TV and radio listings: November 25

<b>NBA</b><p>7 p.m. Portland at <b>Washington</b> » NBC Sports Washington, WFED (1500 AM)<p>8 p.m. New York at Houston » NBA TV<p><b>NHL</b><p>7 p.m. <b>Washington</b> at Toronto » NBC Sports Washington Plus, NHL Network, WJFK (106.7 FM)<p>COLLEGE FOOTBALL, LISTINGS D6<p><b>MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL</b><p>12:30 p.m. Morehead State at <b>Virginia Tech</b> » WJFK …

TV

Miss Manners: Long-standing acquaintance feigns ignorance every year

<i>Dear Miss Manners: My husband and I are academics. Every year, we spend the summer in Maine in a small community that has a wonderful nonprofit theater. We have been coming here for years, and our children have grown up attending and volunteering for shows and events.</i><p><i>There is a particular board</i> …

Etiquette

Hints From Heloise: Happy, happy dogs!

<b>Dear Readers:</b> We praise our dogs, but do we use a happy tone of voice when we do so? A small sample of dogs was studied, according to Science magazine (sciencemag.org), and the research showed that dogs’ brains responded best when they heard encouragement in a friendly and upbeat tone of voice!<p>So, …

T-shirts

Ask Amy: Partners tussle over drunken mother

<i>Dear Amy: My partner and I have been together for almost three years. Over the course of this time, I’ve come to know his family (and he, mine). While I understand that no one is perfect, it seems to me that my partner’s mother has had it in for me since we met.</i><p><i>Every time I go home with him, she</i> …

Parenting

Carolyn Hax: The body-shaming guest is the elephant in the room

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: My sister and her wife, “Sue,” will be visiting soon. I’m looking forward to seeing my sister, but feeling anxiety about Sue’s visit.</i><p><i>Sue has a habit of making comments about my weight and what I’m eating — commenting on my portion size, how many</i> …

Weight Loss

The streak goes on: Virginia Tech beats Virginia for 14th straight time

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia Tech’s players had heard all week how this finally might be the year Virginia, in the midst of a revival, would end an ignominious losing streak against its contentious in-state rival.<p>The Hokies instead made certain the result fell in line with the previous 13 games, …

College Football

For Quince Orchard, Doc Bonner is in — again and again

Doc Bonner had just scored Friday night at North Point to extend Quince Orchard’s lead to 26 points, and the Cougars quarterback looked to the student section.<p>There were still about 14 minutes left in the Maryland 4A semifinal game, and Bonner didn’t like that his supporters already were focusing …

Maryland

Trump claims he took himself out of the running for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump says that Time magazine was contemplating naming him the “Person of the Year” for a second year in a row but that he pulled himself out of the running because he didn't want to participate in an interview and photo shoot.<p>“Time Magazine called to say that I …

Donald Trump

John Oliver, Wise on verge of history after rout of Howard in Maryland 4A semifinal

A few minutes after his third touchdown of the first half erased any and all momentum once held by Howard , Wise running back John Oliver walked up his sideline and silently flashed three fingers to one of the two dozen former Pumas football players who had gathered for this Maryland 4A semifinal …

John Oliver

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema says he was fired as he left the field following loss

Arkansas lost the lead, lost the game and, before you could say, “Woo pig sooie,” Coach Bret Bielema had lost his job.<p>As Bielema walked off the field Friday following his team’s season-ending home loss to Missouri — a compelling 48-45 game in which the Razorbacks twice led by 14 points — he learned …

College & University

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC

The Trump administration backtracked Friday on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days.<p>Last week, U.S. officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization …

Israel

The CFPB now has two acting directors. And nobody knows which one should lead the federal agency

President Trump and the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both named acting directors to head the watchdog agency on Friday, throwing its leadership into disarray.<p>Legal analysts were split over whether the White House or the CFPB had authority to name an acting director, …

Richard Cordray

Capitals’ Philipp Grubauer earns first win of season — against NHL’s top team

It was so low that it could have been mistaken for boos, the sound of Capital One Arena uniformly belting “Gru” after every save as encouragement. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer had had a rough start to the season, skating off as the loser every time he had been in net. His 26th birthday is Saturday, …

Barry Trotz

With the loss of its caliphate, ISIS could turn even more reckless and radical

The brazen attack on worshipers at an Egyptian mosque early Friday showed the ability of the Islamic State’s regional affiliates to inflict death and exact revenge for the loss of the group’s main enclaves in Iraq and Syria.<p>There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack on the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Redskins call threadbare condition of FedEx Field a ‘non-issue’

More than the game’s 16 punts or 26 incompletions, what caused so many viewers to voice alarm via social media about the NFL’s Thanksgiving nightcap between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants was the threadbare condition of the playing surface at FedEx Field.<p>Captured by aerial cameras, the …

Jay Gruden

‘Morning Joe,’ did you really just pretape your post-Thanksgiving banter?

The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” did the usual day-after Thanksgiving kibitzing on the air on Friday morning, telling viewers about their turkey dinners and mentioning the big football game the night before.<p>One problem: None of those things had actually happened at the time Joe Scarborough, Mika …

Donald Trump

The end of shame

“I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed,” Jonathan Swift observed. That was three centuries ago, so our current, degraded condition has deep historical roots. Yet it feels, more and more, that we are experiencing the end of shame.<p>Our sad national trajectory has …

Kay Ivey

Black Friday has lost its bang. Hallelujah.

Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual spend-a-thon has lost its bang.<p>Gone is the thrill of the stampede, the fistfights over a big screen, the trample to grab the last Soggy Doggy.<p>In a Post …

Best Buy

Time to take baby boomers off the ticket

George Washington was 43 when the Continental Congress placed him in command of the fledgling army that would eventually drive the British out of their American colonies. At 55, the general presided over the fractious convention that produced the most durable constitution the world has ever seen. …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The NCAA season starts with sleaze and scandal

Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Crédit Mobilier scandal of the early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by politicians and others …

College & University

What it’s like to win the lottery as a woman

<i>Samantha Ettus is the author of “The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfaction.”</i><p>For years as a child, I struggled to make my parents hear me when I told them my tennis coach was crazy. I knew something was wrong with him, but I didn’t have the words to describe the icky feeling he …

Crime

Ukrainians are unsatisfied with their revolution. Maybe they’re right.

Last Tuesday was the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the demonstration that turned into a revolution in Ukraine. To mark the occasion, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the Maidan, the central square where much of the drama played out back in late 2013 and early 2014. Together …

Ukraine

Trump tells Turkish president U.S. will stop arming Kurds in Syria

The Trump administration is preparing to stop supplying weapons to ethnic Kurdish fighters in Syria, the White House acknowledged Friday, a move reflecting renewed focus on furthering a political settlement to the civil war there and countering Iranian influence now that the Islamic State caliphate …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Tuscarora’s late defensive stand powers it to a 28-27 win over Stone Bridge

When Stone Bridge cornerback Ajani Gillis returned Tuscarora’s kickoff to his foe’s 35-yard line with under 1:50 remaining Friday afternoon, Huskies Coach Michael Burnett flashed back to his team’s previous game.<p>Last week, Broad Run reached the Tuscarora 5-yard line with under two minutes to play, …

Virginia

Why Socrates couldn’t hack it in today’s public schools

<i>David R. Kahn retired in June from Sandy Springs Friends School in Sandy Springs.</i><p>Retired at last, after 36 years teaching at a private school just north of Washington, I’d like to offer some advice from “Mr. Chips.”<p>In June, when I taught Plato’s “Dialogues” to my last students in my last class, I …

Education

Lead poisoning deaths up in New Hampshire loons despite law

CONCORD, N.H. — More than a year after New Hampshire passed one of the nation’s toughest bans on using lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting fishing weights and lures.<p>The 2016 law prohibits the sale and use of lead tackle in the state as part of an effort to revive the state’s …

New Hampshire

The tragedy of Trump’s latest Twitter tantrum

To relieve the dramatic tension created in his tragedies, Shakespeare would use comic relief to calm down the audience. The tragic performance unfolding in today’s White House is also producing tension, riling up some of the strongest emotions about an American president in modern history.<p>It might …

LaVar Ball