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cbsnews — Envoy's visit was seen as a fence-mending mission after Pyongyang angered Beijing with recent snubs and moves to develop its nuclear program
online.wsj — Increased citizen patrols and an appeal for calm by the family of a Portuguese man whose shooting death sparked rioting around Stockholm failed to quell nearly a week of violence and vandalism.
online.wsj — Turkey moved to curb alcohol sales and restrict advertisements in a move likely to deepen outrage among secular Turks who accuse the government of having an Islamist agenda.
cbsnews — A court is probing Christine Lagarde's role in $520M payment to a flamboyant tycoon when she served as French prime minister
cbsnews — Huge explosion - 2nd major strike in just over a week - rocks Afghan capital, sets off hours-long battle in upscale neighborhood
cbsnews — Mayor Rob Ford says he is not an addict after a video purportedly show him using the drug
online.wsj — A North Korean envoy gave Chinese President Xi Jinping a letter from Kim Jong Un and said Pyongyang wanted to solve diplomatic issues through dialogue.
online.wsj — China outlined the overhauls it wants to push ahead with this year, from faster urbanization to controversial property taxes, as its new leaders try to show they're serious about speeding economic reforms amid slowing growth.
online.wsj — The U.S. Secretary of State urged Israelis and Palestinians to take bolder steps on restarting peace talks, as officials say he will meet Russia's Foreign Minister to discuss peace talks in Syria.
online.wsj — The second man arrested on suspicion of murdering a British soldier near an army barracks has been identified as a 22-year-old British citizen of Nigerian descent.
online.wsj — U.K. police they had arrested two men from a Pakistan International Airlines jet after it was diverted to a London airport following what an airline official said were comments about blowing up the plane.
online.wsj — Large explosions followed by pitched gunbattles shook Kabul as the Taliban attacked, the latest thrust in the insurgency's annual spring offensive.
cbsnews — Fighter jets scrambled, Pakistani jet diverted after 2 passengers reportedly threatened to "destroy" plane; Official says incident does not appear to be terror-related
online.wsj — London's Heathrow Airport was forced to temporarily close both of its runways after a plane suffered what British Airways said was a "technical fault" shortly after takeoff, causing delays before a busy weekend for travelers.
online.wsj — Four Indian army soldiers and a suspected rebel were killed in fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
thedailybeast — After the F.B.I. shot and killed Ibragim Todashev while questioning him regarding a triple homicide, Anna Nemtsova spoke with Todashev’s heartbroken father in Chechnya.
guardian.co.uk — As we pause to remember those who died for our freedoms, we are faced with the possibility of a 'forever war'In a remarkable but little-noticed oversight hearing last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee looked at "The Law of Armed Conflict, the Use of Military Force, and the 2001 Authorization...
guardian.co.uk — The Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay scouts was a very small step on the road to a true acceptanceThe Boy Scouts of America decided to let gay kids in yesterday, only that's not what really happened, is it? There have always been gay children in the Boy...
guardian.co.uk — It could be to do with class more than nationalityDo the Scots dislike the English? Overlook for the moment the lamentable generalisations inherent in any such question and think of Nigel Farage struggling with his student opponents in an Edinburgh street recently. They see Farage as a racist who should go...
guardian.co.uk — Something about the convert experience may explain why a small minority, like the Woolwich attackers, find extremist messages attractiveNow that we know the two Woolwich attackers are converts to Islam, questions are being asked about whether converts are more likely to adopt extremist ideology. The vast majority of Muslim converts...
guardian.co.uk — British men held on suspicion of endangering aircraft after Manchester-bound flight is diverted to Stansted following disputeTwo men have been arrested after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with more than 300 people on board was at the centre of a security alert and was escorted to Stansted airport by...
guardian.co.uk — Once denied by its leaders, the Shia militant group's involvement in Syria is now a badge of honour for families burying their deadThe workmen had been busy in the room where Hezbollah honours its dead. In one corner of the martyrs' cemetery in south Beirut, four women shrouded in black...