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He was warned not to go out onto the street, even for the weekly shop but his brother laughed and told him not to stop fretting like an old woman. Confidently, they walked out of their house and proceeded down the block , when suddenly they were set upon by masked men. They kicked them into a kneeling position and ... Read More »

After Turkey, US pulls embassy staff from Libya

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The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on July 26, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia because of escalating clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, the U.S. State Department said. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon ... Read More »

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks on the phone to Israeli PM Netanyahu from his hotel suite in Cairo

(Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (6 a.m. British Time) but would pursue its search ... Read More »

Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups ‘extremely successful’

Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University Professor of the History of Science. Photograph: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs & Communications

Professor Naomi Oreskes says actions of climate denialists are laying the foundations for the government interventions they fear the most In 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson had a special message for the American Congress on conservation of the environment. Worried about the “storm of modern change” threatening cherished landscapes, Johnson said: “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere ... Read More »

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

A military base in Stare Kiejkuty, Poland, which was a suspected location for the C.I.A.’s detentions and interrogations. Credit Tomasz Waszcuk/European Pressphoto Agency

WASHINGTON — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April todeclassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the program in its seven-year history. The spies, past and present, faced each other around the long ... Read More »

Afghan conflict: 15 killed in ‘Taliban attack’ on buses

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Suspected Taliban gunmen have killed 15 people who were travelling by road in the central Afghan province of Ghor. The attackers stopped two minibuses overnight, ordered the passengers out and shot them dead, according to the province’s police chief. The victims – including three women and a child – were from the minority Hazara community, which has been targeted by ... Read More »

Fifteen civilians shot dead in Afghanistan

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Suspected Taliban fighters stop two vehicles in Ghor province, killing the passengers in apparently sectarian attack. Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, police in Ghor province have said. Only one man escaped after the gunmen held up two vehicles on a road in the province and ... Read More »