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For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering …Broadband
Hong Kong’s leader was challenged to step down on Thursday as he clashed with angry pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package, which goes to a vote next month.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying dodged the resignation question and told legislators the city was …Hong Kong
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi goes into elections this weekend hoping nascent signs of economic recovery after years of recession will outweigh a corruption scandal that has dogged one of the main candidates of his centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
Sunday's ballots in seven …Elections
Abu Mohammed al-Golani in exclusive interview to Al Jazeera says his group has no specific agenda to target West.
The leader of the Nusra Front, one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups, has said that his group's main mission is to dislodge the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and that it has no …Middle East
BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.
The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads …Middle East
The Azeri government has come under intense criticism after a controversial series of bans, arrests and a devastating fire have marred its projects to “clean up” the city ahead of the European Games in June.
Nine people have been arrested and an investigation launched into the widespread use of …Baku
Pope Francis' decision to beatify assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero offers the most clear signal yet of the pope's determination to refocus the direction of the world's largest Christian organization.
Francis ended years of debate when he declared Romero, a pivotal figure in the Roman …Pope Francis
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S. …Iran Nuclear Negotiations
The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Burma’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority in a worsening migration crisis.
Despite thousands of Rohingya fleeing on harrowing boat journeys to south-east Asia to escape poverty and discriminatory treatment by …Religion
In recent years, FIFA has made news not just for enforcing rules on the soccer field, but also for allegedly breaking them off it.
The body that governs soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is a multibillion-dollar behemoth.
Great power, yes. Great responsibility? Not so much, critics …American Soccer
Tajikistan's special forces chief has appeared in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria.
Gulmurod Khalimov is seen in the footage dressed in black and holding a gun. He went missing in early May.
He says he joined IS in protest at Tajikistan's policy towards religion, which he …Tajikistan
TUNIS — She was just 21 when she was arrested by Tunisia’s state police, who hauled her into an Interior Ministry office and “beat me up so hard that I don’t even remember how I found myself there.” But that was not the worst part.
Hamida Ajengui said she was stripped naked, and hung upside down by …Women's News
Can you please tell me how to go about obtaining the free Windows 10 for my laptop, which is currently operating on Windows 8.0? Eric
Everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 should get an invitation to install a free copy of Windows 10. For those running updated versions of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows …Microsoft Windows
Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client the company launched late last year, is now open to all. Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by.
Google says it will also open up Inbox to all Google …Google
TOP OF THE AGENDA
U.S. FIFA Indictments Reverberate Worldwide
U.S. Justice Department charges against high-ranking FIFA officials on Wednesday have …World Politics
Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream.
Earlier this month, Vermont Sen. Bernie …Robin Hood
It’s Netflix’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
To be more precise: It’s really only Netflix’s continent, North America. That’s where the streaming video company accounts for more than a third of all peak bandwidth usage.
The Canadian broadband networking company Sandvine has released its …Traffic
Image (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive …Superpower
Fifa arrests expose longstanding corruption claims in Latin America’s biggest football competition2014 FIFA World Cup
Rien ne semble pouvoir l’ébranler. Au cœur de la tourmente après l’explosion d’un vaste scandale de corruption à la Fifa, Sepp Blatter sait qu’il a …
FIFA, football’s world governing body, is having a rough few days. On May 27th Swiss police, at the behest of American prosecutors, arrested seven …Balance Sheet
Syria’s famous ruined Roman city has meant many things to many people
YOU don’t notice it at first. But all over the archaeological site at Palmyra …Palmyra
LUANDA (Reuters) - An Angolan journalist was given a six-month suspended sentence on Thursday after he was convicted of slander for accusing generals of human rights abuses at diamond mines, concluding a high-profile trial in one of Africa's most repressive states.
Rafael Marques de Morais' 2012 …Angola
CNN's Jim Sciutto recently got exclusive access to a U.S. Navy surveillance plane on a secret mission near China, where they flew over a string of man-made islands. China's Navy issued eight warnings to the plane and told it to leave the area. On Tuesday, Jim answered questions from the Reddit …Asia
Police had claimed expensive swimming pool was necessary in the event of putting out a fire on his sprawling taxpayer-funded estate
Jacob Zuma, the South African president, has been cleared over taxpayer-funded security upgrades to his private home by a police report which defended features including …Africa
Residents near a series of mass graves containing bodies of migrants from Myanmar told The Daily Telegraph that police and local politicians were known to be complicit in people smuggling
Malaysia has arrested corrupt police officers and is investigating “all officials” over suspected links to a …Policing
Putin’s Russia: Don’t Walk, Don’t Eat, and Don’t DrinkVladimir Kara-Murza presents a 2014 report in Washington, D.C., on corruption at Russia’s Sochi …Russia
THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION
By Kamel Daoud
Translated by John Cullen
143 pages. Other Press. $14.95.
Harun, the narrator of Kamel Daoud’s stunning debut novel, “The Meursault Investigation,” is the brother of the nameless Arab murdered by Meursault, the narrator of Camus’s existential classic, “The …Great Books
Hindi Zahra was a revelation at this year’s Gnaoua world music festival in Essaouira. She prowled across the stage as if channelling Patti Smith, switching from jazz-tinged ballads to north African-influenced pieces and furious improvisation. Zahra’s mother is Berber, her dad is French and she is …Jazz
A French celebrity photographer has been found guilty and sentenced to two and a half years in prison for exploiting the mental frailty of Liliane Bettencourt, the ageing L’Oréal shampoo heiress, who showered him with gifts including Picasso paintings, life insurance funds and millions of euros in …Photographers