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Pakistan Could End Up Charging CIA Officials With Murder Over Drone Strikes

A landmark case may open the door for a possible multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit launched by relatives of the alleged 960 civilian victims of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

A senior judge in Pakistan has ordered police to formally investigate former CIA agents for allegedly authorizing a …


Brazil ruling party official held amid Petrobras probe

Joao Vaccari Neto seen as closest figure to President Rousseff to be implicated so far in corruption investigation.

Brazilian federal police have arrested the treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers Party in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras, with the party …


Iran bill unlikely to scuttle deal

The White House believes it got what it needed from Congress.

Updated 4/16/15 7:10 AM EDT

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are both claiming victory by cornering President Barack Obama to sign an Iran bill he didn’t want.

But the White House says that misses the point: The final legislation was …

White House

Starving for Wisdom

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”

That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom.

“Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists?” Rick Scott, the Florida governor, once asked. A leader …


A Police Story Unravels: How Did the NYPD Break an NBA Player’s Leg?

At the risk of stating the utterly obvious, most Black men and women who suffer physical violence at the hands of the police aren't millionaires. …


In Sudan, Poverty, Heavy Security Grip Under Longtime Leader

During a quarter-century in power, President Omar al-Bashir has succeeded in keeping an iron grip on Sudan despite repeated disasters that would have …


The hedge fund that nabbed Ben Bernanke

The move by the former Federal Reserve chairman is the latest by a Washington insider through the revolving door into the financial industry.


Le Corbusier legacy threatened by 'fascist' revelations

Paris (AFP) - Revelations that one of the world's most famous modern architects, Le Corbusier, was a "fascist" with links to France's WWII collaborationist Vichy regime have been published just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work.

The disclosures made in two new books about Le Corbusier …

Le Corbusier

Clinton pens Warren praise for Time 100 list

Hillary Clinton used Times Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list to pay tribute to Elizabeth Warren, a lawmaker some liberals hope will challenge the former secretary of state for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

In the short piece, Clinton touts Warren as a champion for the middle class and …

Elizabeth Warren

New Royal Opera House season: from La Traviata to gay club toilet

The Royal Opera House announces its 2015-16 season, complete with old favourites, new commissions and stars including Carlos Acosta, Joyce DiDonato and Placido Domingo

When seeking out new audiences, it is often a temptation to turn to sex, scandal and shock to attract attention and bring in the …

Royal Opera House

Obama's climate change policy appears to survive early court challenge

President Obama’s ambitious plan to battle climate change by forcing power plants to reduce their greenhouse gases appeared to survive its first court challenge Thursday, but only because the formal rules are still pending at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which calls …


The Whitney Museum announces inaugural show, and the Internet parses

The Whitney Museum of American Art's new Renzo Piano-designed digs are nearly ready for opening day on May 1. And now comes the art.

This week, the lineup for the relocated museum's inaugural show, "America Is Hard to See," was announced; more than 600 works from the permanent collection by more …


NBC News’ Richard Engel Says He Misidentified the Syrian Group That Kidnapped Him

No one doubts that NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel suffered a terrifying and dangerous ordeal when he and five colleagues were …

Richard Engel

Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87.

Mr. Grass’s publisher, the Steidl Verlag, …


Voting Opens in Sudan, but Many Are Resigned to Bashir’s Re-election

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Amid widespread public apathy and calls for a boycott from opposition groups, polling stations in Sudan opened Monday for an election that many believe is guaranteed to give President Omar Hassan al-Bashir another five years in office.

“It’s a comedy,” said Abdulhafeez Abdullah, …


Former guards jailed for massacre of unarmed Iraqis

Three former employees of US military contractor sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, fourth gets a life term

A former Blackwater guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others received 30-year sentences on Monday for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Iraq that left at least 14 civilians


Court win for immigrant-rights attorneys

The case revolves around the arrival of thousands of Latin American children.

Updated 4/13/15 10:57 PM EDT

Immigrant rights attorneys won an important round in federal court in Seattle on Monday, keeping alive their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s decision to rush thousands of children …


Thai junta enjoys absolute power as opposition quietly bides its time

BANGKOK — Eleven months after overthrowing a democratically elected government, the military junta that seized control of Thailand is growing …


The Epic Story of Orson Welles’s Unfinished Masterpiece

The Other Side of the Wind was going to be Orson Welles’s comeback, perhaps even topping Citizen Kane—but to this day, it remains unfinished (though that may change soon). In an adaptation from a new book about the 45-year struggle to make the film, Josh Karp reveals why Welles’s last movie is the …

Orson Welles

China Releases Women’s Activists After Month’s Detention

Five women were detained last month for preparing to distribute posters and stickers against domestic violence

(BEIJING) — Chinese authorities have released five women’s rights campaigners whose detentions sparked an international outcry and underscored the government’s tight restrictions on …


Marco Rubio Has a Latino Problem

As Cuban-Americans celebrate his candidacy, other Hispanic voters accuse the Republican of betrayal.

MIAMI—Chanting his name and raising cellphones in the air, scores of Cuban-Americans rallied behind Marco Rubio's presidential campaign at this city's historic Freedom Tower, excited to see the …


Volatility in stock, bond and currency markets could boost bank profits

Wild swings in the stock, bond and currency markets in the first three months of the year are likely to translate into bigger profits for big U.S. banks, analysts say.

Investors will get quarterly results from the nation's major banks in the next two weeks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, …

Foreign Exchange Market

The Greatness of Günter Grass

In 1982, when I was in Hamburg for the publication of the German translation of “Midnight’s Children,” I was asked by my publishers if I would like …

Günter Grass

152 Innocents, Marked for Death

However much Americans may disagree about the morality of capital punishment, no one wants to see an innocent person executed.

And yet, far too often, people end up on death row after being convicted of horrific crimes they did not commit. The lucky ones are exonerated while they are still alive — a …

Death Row

A Brilliant Originalist Argument for Marriage Equality

In a recent article mocking South Carolina’s startling amicus brief in opposition to marriage equality, I noted that anti-gay discrimination, like …


Inside the U.S. Operation to Train Iraqis to Fight ISIS

WSJ’s Matt Bradley reports from Taji Air Base near Baghdad, where U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne are training the Iraqi military in tactics …

Iraq War

Unequal, Yet Happy

THE gaping inequality of America’s first Gilded Age generated strong emotions. It produced social reformers like Jane Addams, anarchist agitators like Emma Goldman, labor leaders like Eugene V. Debs and Progressive politicians like Theodore Roosevelt. By the 1920s, sweeping legislation regulating …


‘Chaos,’ Charges of Abuses Follow Retaking of Tikrit

BAGHDAD—American and Iraqi officials called for investigations on Friday into reports that Iraqi security forces were summarily executing captives and looting property in Tikrit, and warned that such abuses could undermine the international effort to defeat the Sunni extremists of Islamic …


Tens of thousands protest against corruption in Brazil

Ten of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption.

Crowds were generally smaller than in March when more than 1.5 million people turned out.

They allege involvement of the governing Worker's Party in bribery at the state oil firm …


Philip Glass’ first lessons: Behind the scenes at Juilliard with a soon-to-be modern master

Exclusive: The acclaimed composer's first stories of John Cage, PDQ Bach and "Einstein on the Beach"

The cafeteria at Juilliard was the place to meet people and make new friends. My fellow student composers were all young men—at this point, there were scarcely any women composers around, in or out …

The Arts