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FILE - In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)

Military Holding Ex-Boko Haram Captives

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yola, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn’t she married to a fighter from the Islamic extremist group? As scores of young Nigerian women and children are rescued from …

6 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

Friday, May 22, 2015

Baltimore — Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictments at a late-afternoon news conference at her downtown office. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby announced criminal charges against the officers. Some charges were slightly different than what Mosby announced on …

Congress Can’t Agree on NSA Data Collection

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives left Thursday for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate. The House last week overwhelmingly passed a bill that would change the NSA data collection program while …

EU OKs Plan for Military Effort to Foil Human Smuggling

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

London — The European Union on Monday approved plans to use military force to take on migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean, significantly escalating Europe’s response to a crisis that has left at least 1,800 people dead this year. The decision allows European governments to move ahead with plans …

Shiite Militias, ISIL Fighters Converge for Next Battle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — Shiite Muslim militias moved onto a government air base Monday in predominantly Sunni Muslim Anbar province in preparation for a counterattack on Ramadi as a battle brewed that will prove or disprove U.S. officials’ insistence that the Islamic State group is on the defensive in …

Biker Meeting Ends in Bloodbath

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waco, Texas — About 170 people have been arrested on suspicion of engaging in organized crime following a Sunday bloodbath at a Waco, Texas, restaurant involving rival biker gang members that left nine dead and at least 18 …

Daredevil Died Doing What He Loved

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sean Jones met Graham Hunt in a Sacramento climbing gym about a decade ago. He quickly felt a strong rapport with Hunt, then only in his early 20s, and encouraged him to stay with him in El Portal, Calif., and climb in nearby Yosemite. “We did everything together …

In Putin’s Russia, Universal Health Care Is for All Who Pay

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moscow — Expectant mothers in Moscow must wait as long as six weeks for ultra-sound scans, up from three days last year. Hospital outpatients pay for blood tests and X-rays that were free 12 months ago. And Marif Alekberov, a 27-year-old fireman with leukemia, is being told to …

Contested Iraqi City Falls to IS

Monday, May 18, 2015

Baghdad — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, …

Marriage Rate Declines as Millennials Wait Longer to Walk Down the Aisle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Millennials are poised to become the nation’s largest living generation this year. As they grow as a percentage of the population, more of them will reach the age at which Americans historically have gotten married. And many baby-boomer parents are probably eagerly anticipating the big day when their …

Two Palestinian Nuns Receive Sainthood From Pope Francis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jerusalem — The Palestinians on Sunday became the first Arabic speakers to claim Catholic saints among their people after Pope Francis canonized two nuns born in the Holy Land more than a hundred years ago. Palestinian Christians and Muslims heralded the elevation to sainthood of Sister Mariam Baouardy …

Tsarnaev Could Stay on Death Row for Years

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston — At 21, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to become the youngest, most notorious inmate on federal death row. After convicting the Russian immigrant last month in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a jury on Friday voted to sentence him to death for his role in the worst …

Young Immigrants Blocked From Military

Monday, May 18, 2015

Washington — After the 2012 presidential election, when the Republican Party lost Latino and minority voters by wide margins, the GOP decided it needed to do a better job attracting those groups. But despite several years of outreach, the effort has run into limitations. Congress, in particular, has …