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  • Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to...

  • Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. Less certain is whether it will find all the...

  • US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five "terrorists" on the...

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday. Mohamed Bachir Suleman, who had been accused by the U.S. government of being an international drug trafficker, was freed by his captors on Friday,...

  • 2014 a big Lyme disease year in upper New England

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Public health officials in northern New England say 2014 was another big year for Lyme disease in the region. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Sheila Pinette says the state is likely to exceed last year's record high of 1,384 cases of the...

  • New England editorial roundup

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Day of New London (Conn.), Dec. 19, 2014 President Obama offered a succinct reason for a major change in United States foreign policy toward Cuba: The old policy was an abject failure. "These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach," said...

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba's supporters see the government as heroic, its sins justified by the...

  • NY law limits probes of unconventional medicine

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including Lyme disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure this week, saying it was conditioned on legislators agreeing to additional...

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Four men struck at the famous luxury department store on glitzy Kurfuerstendamm avenue soon after it opened for the year's busiest...

  • UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Saturday that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton...

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