Andi Barzu

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A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than …

Election Day: Bevin wins in Kentucky, Ohio rejects pot

<b>(CNN) —</b> Matt Bevin, the controversial Kentuckian who attempted to dethrone Sen. Mitch McConnell last year and has vowed to eliminate the state's Obamacare programs, orchestrated a remarkable political comeback on Tuesday to win the state's governorship.<p>In an upset victory by a surprisingly large …

Mitch McConnell

No breakthrough at German ‘refugee crisis meeting’ as opposition grows

A key meeting of German ruling coalition leaders failed to produce a breakthrough as pressure is mounting on Chancellor Angela Merkel to stem the …

St. Louis-area officer fired after Facebook comments on Ferguson protests

A St. Louis-area police officer has been fired after making what his chief called "very concerning and inappropriate" Facebook comments on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a city official.<p>"These protesters should be put down like a rabid dog the first night," Matthew Pappert, a …

Gaza war destruction 'will take 20 years to rebuild'

An NGO report indicates it could take two decades to completely reconstruct Gaza following the recent conflict<p>It will take two decades to rebuild the thousands of houses destroyed during Israel’s assault on Gaza, according to a recent NGO report.<p>At least 17,000 homes were obliterated or severely …

Israel

US operations in Iraq costing $7.5m a day as Obama deliberates strategy

America’s newest war in Iraq has cost over half a billion dollars so far, according to Pentagon estimates, all before President Barack Obama decides upon a strategy against Islamic State (Isis) militants.<p>Rear Adm John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters on Friday that daily military …

22 of 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency

JALALABAD Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country.<p>Seven …