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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: John Paul II relics abound ahead of his canonization

Relics of beloved pope are gaining heightened significance - as well as a surge of veneration – before he is declared a saint

Bangladesh garment fire: one year later

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Photo exhibition marks one-year anniversary of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory, where the death toll was more than 1,100

“Cuban Twitter” backlash: Costa Rica cries foul

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Costa Rican gov’t wants to know why U.S. launched secret social network from its soil, citing possible “illegalities”

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Officials say beach debris is not from missing plane

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Police were remaining tight-lipped on Thursday about debris found on a West Australian beach that was investigated for links to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Tiny Pacific Nation Sues 9 Nuclear-Armed Powers

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Tiny Pacific Nation Sues 9 Nuclear-Armed Powers
(NEW YORK) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law. MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time…


Inmate holding officer hostage calls local news station

David Martin, accused of murder and being held at the Trumbull County Jail in Warren, Ohio, took a corrections officer hostage in his cell and ... more

Idaho veteran cemetery denies same-sex couple joint burial

While Madelynn Taylor has earned the right to be buried in Idaho Veterans Cemetery because of her six years of service in the Navy, her ... more

NYC horse carriage accident caught on camera

Witness says startled horse fell over and was pinned to ground by its carriage, then was made to continue working despite limping

Gay veteran, 74, denied burial with spouse because of Idaho law

"I don't see where the ashes of a couple of old lesbians is going to hurt anybody," says Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor

Chasing storms

Storm chasing photographers prep for what could be most significant multi-day tornado outbreak in U.S. since 2011
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Lupita's elevation to 'Most Beautiful' distracts from the lack of racial progress

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Lupita's elevation to 'Most Beautiful' distracts from the lack of racial progress
How can we celebrate Lupita's body at the same time that black bodies are over-incarcerated and concentrated into poverty? On Tuesday, the US supreme court ... more

Hubris, chemistry and Susanna Reid: welcome to ITV's 'new' breakfast show

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Hubris, chemistry and Susanna Reid: welcome to ITV's 'new' breakfast show
If aspects of Good Morning Britain sound strangely familiar, that's probably because they are. Take the presenters and title for a start Idea for a ... more

Fashion fetish: unseen Guy Bourdin photography  in pictures

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Fashion fetish: unseen Guy Bourdin photography  in pictures
Love-hearts and satin sheets, juicy lips and neon hips ... Guy Bourdin's erotic images were a staple of French Vogue for more than 40 years ... more

Michael Fassbender: Frank and me

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Michael Fassbender: Frank and me
The actor on why he's happy inside Frank Sidebottom's fibreglass head for Lenny Abrahamson's comedy about an eccentric band and his own teenage fantasies of ... more

London's Gherkin put into receivership

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London's Gherkin put into receivership
Deloitte appointed receivers to landmark tower completed 10 years ago, which houses Sky News and insurer Swiss ReThe landmark Gherkin building in London's Square Mile ... more
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Human Behavior: The Downside of Registering Outrage

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Human Behavior: The Downside of Registering Outrage
American officials’ rush to denounce the anti-Semitic fliers from eastern Ukraine risks giving more oxygen to a bogus issue.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: From Pericles to Potami

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The crisis of the past four years is opening the way for radical change in Greek politics.

Pro-Russian Forces Relinquish Seized Building, Ukraine Says

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The authorities said “civilian activists” had retaken a City Hall building in the southeast of the country, and that troops had seized a checkpoint near ... more

Ukraine Official: Kiev Took Back Eastern City Council

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Ukraine regained control of the city council in the port city of Mariupol, as Kiev restarted a military operation to drive out pro-Russian militants who ... more

Positive Mood in German Economy Prevails

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German business sentiment strongly improved in April, surpassing expectations, a key survey indicator showed, signaling that Europe's largest economy remains resilient despite uncertainty in Ukraine.

3 Americans Are Killed by Guard at Afghan Hospital

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The attack took place at a hospital in Kabul that specializes in the treatment of disabled children and women’s health issues, official said. The gunman ... more

Voting Fraud Stubbornly Hangs Over Afghanistan Election

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Preliminary election results, which are due Saturday, will not be official until the Electoral Complaints Commission rules on 746 complaints of serious fraud in the ... more

India Ink: The Autumn of a Patriarch

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As Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the chief of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, plots a resurgence in the 2014 elections, there is the feeling that ... more

India Ink: Memories of Religious Riots Overshadow Vote in Bihar

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India Ink: Memories of Religious Riots Overshadow Vote in Bihar
In the district of Bhagalpur, Muslim voters weighed a choice between two political camps to counter the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

India Ink: India’s Weather Agency Forecasts Weaker Monsoon

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India Ink: India’s Weather Agency Forecasts Weaker Monsoon
India’s meteorological department predicted that rainfall would be below average this monsoon season, which could have wider effects on the economy.

Business Briefing: Canada to Phase Out Rail Cars Tied to Deadly Quebec Fire

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Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead ... more

Colombia’s President Reinstates a Mayor He Ousted

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Colombia’s President Reinstates a Mayor He Ousted
President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday restored Gustavo Petro as the mayor of Bogotá a month after removing him from office to comply with a ... more

Alistair MacLeod, a Novelist in No Hurry, Dies at 77

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Alistair MacLeod, a Novelist in No Hurry, Dies at 77
Mr. MacLeod, a Canadian author, won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2001 for his novel “No Great Mischief.”

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Life as a Brazilian Woman

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Each year, Brazil sells a hyper-sexualized Carnival to tourists, treating women’s bodies as a national attraction.

World Briefing: Brazil: Deadly Violence Erupts in Rio

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At least two people died on Tuesday after a day of violence in a slum that abuts the Copacabana tourist district of Rio de Janeiro.

Israel Halts Talks, Citing Palestinian Unity Agreement

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The Israeli government said that it would not under any circumstances negotiate with a Palestinian government that was backed by Hamas, the militant Islamic group.

Letter From Africa: At Pistorius Trial, Twitterati Have Their Day in Court

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Letter From Africa: At Pistorius Trial, Twitterati Have Their Day in Court
In the avalanche of 140-character snippets and instant assessments, are the tweeters giving away their stock in trade — the news — for free?

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Africa’s Path to Prosperity

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More trade among African nations is the most promising route to transforming the continent’s fortunes.

World Briefing: Syria: First Candidate Announces Presidential Run

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A Syrian lawmaker, Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, registered Wednesday as a candidate for the country’s June 3 presidential election, which President Bashar al-Assad is likely to ... more

World Briefing: Britain: Blair Speaks Out on Islamic Extremism

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Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, said Wednesday that the spread of Islamic extremism represented “the biggest threat to global security of the 21st ... more

Horseback archers impress Obama in Japan

During a visit to the Meiji Shrine in Japan, President Obama witnessed an impressive demonstration of marksmanship.

Study: Obamacare didn't necessarily lead to health plan cancellations

Research looking at the pre-Obamacare, nongroup market suggests that high turnover has been typical

Obama's pivot potential in Asia and at home

Major Garrett: Can the president reassure jittery allies during a trip abroad and cut a deal with Congress on worker training?

Hillary Clinton, Koch brothers among Time's 100 "most influential"

Two potential Republican presidential candidates, Rand Paul and Scott Walker, also make the magazine’s annual list

John Kerry Brings his Puppy to Work

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Secretary of State brings Benjamin Franklin to work (not that one).