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As the ground on marijuana shifts, Harper turns sensibly to a ticketing option

It only seems sudden, as immense social change often does. The ground is shifting on the prosecution of marijuana possession. It has shifted under no less than the stolid feet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who, when asked last week by a reporter if he has smoked marijuana, replied, "Do I seem …

Crisis in Crimea: A Guide to Major Players

The crisis in Ukraine, which began as a dispute over whether the country should accept financial help from Europe or Russia, spiraled into the ouster of a president and then the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.<p>Russia insists it’s only protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine. …

The Senator's Letter that Suggests the CIA Spied on Staffers Writing a Torture Report

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While the Senate Intelligence Committee was preparing a 6,000-plus page report on the Central …

Obama and Boehner Had a Completely Useless Meeting

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met in the Oval Office for an hour-long one-on-one …

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China's Awful Air Pollution Is Turning Into a 'Nuclear Winter'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Faced with pollution conditions that experts say is like a "nuclear winter", people in Beijing are …

North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show

At Night, North Korea Disappears<p>Photos from space show that at night, North Korea is a huge, almost completely dark patch between its two prosperous neighbors, South Korea and China.<p>Pictures really do tell the story about how far behind economically North Korea is compared with its neighbors.<p>In …

Republican Dave Camp Is Ready to Battle Wall Street and His Party Over Tax Cuts

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, will release his draft …

Arctic Blast Sends Temps Plunging to 50 Degrees Below Normal

A blast of cold air from the Arctic locked swaths of the United States in a deep freeze Wednesday with temperatures falling to as much as 30 degrees below average.<p>The icy punch arrived Tuesday and is the first of two Arctic air masses to descend from the north this week. The second will arrive …

Hong Kong journalist slashed amid concerns of eroding media freedoms

BEIJING -- A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants wounded him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike.<p>The assault on Kevin Lau, whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over …

Australian Ex-PM Sees Bright Future For Female Politicians

Julia Gillard is optimistic about the future of women in politics, despite the sexism she endured as Australia’s first female Prime Minister.<p>Gillard, …

Reid tempers Koch criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walked back his accusation that all political ads backed by the billionaire Koch brothers are lies.<p>Opening the Senate on Wednesday morning, the Nevada Democrat said that Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by Charles and David Koch, is spending millions on ads …

The White House Has Four Options For NSA Reform

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Lawyers for the Obama administration have presented four possible methods for retooling the National …

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Army disqualifies 588 soldiers after sexual assault review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's pleased the Army is getting a handle on the problem.<p>WASHINGTON — The Army has disqualified 588 soldiers as sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill sergeants for infractions ranging from sexual assault to child abuse to drunken driving, USA TODAY has …

Brazil Strikes Communications Deal With European Union To Avoid Further U.S. Spying | Fox News

In light of recent damning revelation about the United States’ spying efforts on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s administration, the leader of Latin America's top economic power announced an agreement between her country and the European Union to lay an undersea communications cable from …

Pakistan draws up tough anti-Taliban strategy

Pakistan has moved closer to agreeing its first "counter-terrorism" policy, which the government says bolsters its plans to keep pounding the headquarters of Taliban fighters.<p>The interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, revealed the "national security policy" in parliament on Wednesday, a day …

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness

Advocates tackling the nation's homeless problem are thinking small.<p>In Austin, Texas, a village of 200 tiny houses is being built for the homeless. In upstate New York, Rochester Greenovation has designed a prototype for small-scale individualized shelters. “Homeless No More Survival Pods” have …

Venezuela braces for more protests

<b>Caracas, Venezuela</b> - Another day of rival rallies is gripping Venezuela’s capital, despite a government-organised peace conference and calls for calm by the pope.<p>"I sincerely hope that violence and hostility will cease as soon as possible, and that the whole Venezuelan people, beginning with …

Kerry Feels Keystone Pressure From All Sides

As the clock counts down to a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents and supporters of the project are ramping up the pressure on Secretary …

Series of Snowstorms Trigger Monster Avalanches in West

Heavy snowfall this month that smothered mountains in the West has also paved the way for a perilous setting, creating some of the meanest avalanches in recent memory.<p>Officials are amazed about the frequency — and intensity — of avalanches since a series of snowstorms struck early this month, …

Federal Court Orders YouTube to Remove all Copies of 'Innocence of Muslims'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google must scrub YouTube of all copies of <i>Innocence of Muslims</i> after a federal appeals court sided …

Merkel to mention the wars, and the peace, in Euro plea to Britain

German Chancellor will use a speech to the two Houses of Parliament to argue that EU has helped end divisions<p>Angela Merkel will invoke the memory of the two world wars as she urges Britain to remain inside the European Union.<p>The German Chancellor will use a speech to the two Houses of Parliament – …

Morocco-France row over Hammouchi torture claims

<b>Morocco is to suspend all judicial co-operation with France following a diplomatic row over lawsuits in Paris that accuse the kingdom's intelligence chief of complicity in torture.</b><p>Abdellatif Hammouchi is accused of involvement in the torture of an activist who was jailed in 2013.<p>French President …

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Qatar's foreign domestic workers subjected to slave-like conditions

Foreign maids, cleaners and other domestic workers are being subjected to slave-like labour conditions in Qatar, with many complaining they have been deprived of passports, wages, days off, holidays and freedom to move jobs, a Guardian investigation can reveal.<p>Hundreds of Filipino maids have fled …

More Bad News for Older Dads: Higher Risk of Kids With Mental Illness

For so long, mothers – particularly older moms — bore the brunt of responsibility for genetic disorders in their children. And for good reason. Eggs …