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Killing of 8 Afghan Guards Shows Bitter Change at Bagram

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — It used to be one of the most coveted jobs in Afghanistan: a position on a sprawling American military base, the biggest in the country. Pay was above average. The base was well guarded. The surrounding Parwan Province was one of the safest places in the country, well known as …

Afghanistan

U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement

AMMAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria’s southeast on Tuesday, in the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies.<p>The incident closely …

Middle East

Trending on Remodelista: Farmhouse Kitchen

This week the Remodelista editors explored new trends in farmhouse kitchen design:

Sri Lanka appeals for aid after deadly floods

Sri Lanka has appealed for international help after more than 120 people were killed in its worst flooding and landslides in more than a decade.<p>Dozens more are missing after torrential rains. Some half a million Sri Lankans have been forced to flee their homes.<p>Officials said deaths were reported …

ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope, World’s Biggest Yet, Starts Construction In Chile

After 12 years of planning and consultations, work on the world’s largest telescope yet began Friday in northern Chile. The European Southern …

HTC U11 review: A fragile, squeezable flagship | Ars Technica

Improving on the HTC 10 where it matters, even if it sports a flashy, outdated design.<p>HTC introduced the "U" smartphone line back in January with the …

Phones

Sweet Jesus, the new 21.5-inch iMac has a removable processor and memory

We knew that Apple's new iMacs would be disassembled and examined in every possible way shortly after launch. What we didn't expect, however, was for …

IMac Pro

This Night Sky Photo Shows How Light Pollution Blinds Us

City dwellers are lucky to spot a star or two when they look up at the night sky. That’s because light pollution from traffic and street lights …

Cosmology

Mueller’s appointment complicates Congress’ Russia investigations

Lawmakers are eager to set up ‘deconfliction’ agreements with the new special counsel, but they have yet to meet with Mueller.<p>Robert Mueller's appointment as a special counsel has quickly complicated Congress' investigations into Russia’s election meddling. And the former FBI director has done …

Donald Trump

Correction: Mississippi Shooting story

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — In a story May 28 about a series of shootings in Mississippi, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on incorrect information from authorities, the middle name of the man charged in the shootings. His name is Willie Cory Godbolt, not Corey.<p>A corrected version of …

Crime

White House accused of homophobia after Luxembourg PM’s husband omitted from photo caption

The White House has come under fire for a sexist Facebook post which named every spouse of the world leaders, except the First Gentleman of Luxembourg.<p>Gauthier Destenay, husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel was the only partner not to be named in the photo of the spouses, taken at …

Donald Trump

Japanese family life is falling apart — and the reasons why go back to World War II

Saddled with long work hours and rising expenses, young Japanese couples are opting not to have kids. Even if they have the energy to start a family, many simply don't have the time.<p>As a result, spending shrinks on the small scale and the Japanese economy contracts on the large scale. Japan has …

Japan

SF police too quick to go for their guns, critics say

San Francisco police officers, who were required in the aftermath of a disputed shooting in the Bayview neighborhood to document every time they …

Law Enforcement

Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary …

Israel

Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert raised to red

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again.<p>The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) high. The …

Geology

'I have a rotting corpse inside of me,' says woman describing her illegal silicone injections

ATLANTA — “Here I am walking and breathing, not knowing that I have a rotting corpse inside of me.”<p>For ten years, transgender woman Taliyah Cassadine got silicone injections once every other week. Despite crippling medical issues, she kept going back.<p>Cassadine says illegal silicone injections have …

Data Protection

Fresh Ways to Play with Paint for Awe-Inspiring Accent Walls

I like to call unique, not-all-the-way-painted accent walls "partial paint jobs." Sure, you <i>can</i> paint one wall of a room entirely and be done. But you …

Home Decorating

The Trump administration wants to send more military advisers to Afghanistan. Good luck with that.

Senior Trump administration officials have proposed sending 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Their mission? Advise and assist Afghan security forces.<p>The Obama administration’s plan was much the same. So is the U.S. strategy for Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine, Niger, Mali, …

Trump Administration

Philippine panel throws out impeachment complaint vs Duterte

MANILA (Reuters) - A Congressional panel of Philippine lawmakers on Monday found an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte lacked substance and should go no further, a widely expected outcome underlining the maverick leader’s steadfast legislative support.<p>Congress Majority leader …

Asia Pacific

Candidate to Lead the W.H.O. Accused of Covering Up Epidemics

A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency.<p>The accusation against Tedros Adhanom …

Africa

The oldest signs of life on land yet

Fossils found in Australia – in ancient hot spring deposits – have pushed back the earliest known evidence for land-based microbial life to 3.48 …

University of New South Wales

50,000 Evacuate Hanover While Unexploded WWII Bombs Are Disabled

They are believed to be left over from an Allied forces attack in Germany in October 1943.<p>German authorities in Hanover are evacuating 50,000 residents, or about 10 percent of the city, so experts can safely diffuse five unexploded World War II bombs. The evacuation will begin Sunday, and is …

Disability

Lawyers call for release of US terrorist who helped 'dismantle' al Qaeda

<b>(CNN) —</b> Defense attorneys for Bryant Neal Vinas, an American al Qaeda recruit who rubbed shoulders with senior figures in the terror group in Pakistan, have called for him to be sentenced to time served when he appears Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, citing their client's …

Al-Qaeda

Don’t just sit there — simmer productively

That soggy chill outside is sending us a 48-hour message, along the lines of: Put on a big pot of something while you a) curl up with a Book World-reviewed selection b) pay bills c) binge watch d) prepare for Kentucky Derby viewing.<p>A pot of chili seems fitting. We at WaPoFood are still hooked on …

Food Preservation

Rosa Parks' Pancake Recipe Will Blow Yours Out Of The Water

There’s a lot more to a recipe than a list of ingredients followed by a set of instructions. Recipes are an insight into a culture, a time, or even a person ― and handwritten recipes can provide you with all three. Like this recipe right here:<p>This recipe for “featherlite pancakes” was written on …

Breakfast

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream in a Mason Jar

Whipped cream is every dessert‘s perfect condiment. Yes, we consider whipped cream to be a condiment.<p>The problem is, the stuff from a spray can just …

Biscuit Sticky Buns

Special equipment: Dough cutter, 9-by-13-inch baking dish<p>For the dough: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter the sides and bottom of a …

Woody's CheeseSteaks: A Atlanta, GA Restaurant.

The little wooden shack outside Piedmont Park slings slices of beef, cheese, (and beers). While turkey and veggie are on the menu, stick with the 1/3 …

Onions

Quinoa Pilaf

Recipe courtesy of<p>Show:<p>Episode:<p>Total:55 minPrep:15 minInactive:10 minCook:30 min<p>Yield:4 servings<p>Level:Easy<p>More from:<p>Recipe courtesy of Alton …