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New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward is still marked by Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — The Rev. Charles Duplessis navigated the new landscape of the Lower 9th Ward, crossing from newly paved streets to those still muddy and rutted as riverbeds.<p>He drove past a gleaming duplex designed by Frank Gehry and the skeletons of vacant homes, past a community garden and overgrown …

Clashes in Turkey as internet censorship protests turn violent

Riot police in Istanbul used water canon as crowds demonstrated against a draft bill that would increase controls over the internet.<p>The draft, which would enable mass surveillance of internet users, is due to be debated in Turkey’s parliament in the coming days.<p>Protesters chanted anti-government …

'Living suicide bomb' rejoins al-Qaida after Saudi deprogramming

Ahmed al-Shayea was known as the "living suicide bomb" – the young Saudi driver of a fuel tanker bomb in Iraq who survived to renounce violence and warn his countrymen of the dangers of jihad.<p>In the process he became Saudi Arabia's poster boy for a high-profile jihadi de-programming initiative …

OFA raised $26.3 million in 2013

President Barack Obama’s political arm Organizing for Action raised $26.3 million in its first year of existence, the group announced Friday.<p>OFA said it raised $5.69 million during the fourth quarter of 2013, down from the $7.7 million it collected in the third quarter and $8.2 million in the …