At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say – Washington Post

KABUL — The nerve center of Afghan and NATO combat activities in northern Afghanistan is a sprawling military base in Balkh province. There, thousands of Afghan National Army troops live and train, regional deployments and attacks are planned, and U.S.-supplied helicopters and fighter planes are launched to support Afghan troops battling the Taliban. On Friday, […]

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote – Washington Post

PARIS — Early voting began overseas Saturday in France’s most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country’s next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection. Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May […]

Why people are marching for science: ‘There is no Planet B’ – Washington Post

Thousands of people gathered in the rain Saturday on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument to turn Earth Day into an homage to science. After four hours of speeches and musical performances, they marched down Constitution Avenue to the foot of Capitol Hill, chanting “Build labs, not walls!” and “Hey, Trump, have you heard, […]

Trump announces rally in Pennsylvania marking first 100 days – Fox News

President Trump says that he will hold a ‘BIG’ rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday, which will also mark his 100th day in office. “I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!” he tweeted Saturday. The announcement comes at a time when the president has a lot on the […]

Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital – Washington Post

BETHESDA, Md. — President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many Trump likely will award during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military. “When I heard about this … I wanted to do it myself,” Trump said during a […]

Paris shooting casts shadow over final day of French election campaign – CNN

Nov. 2015: Coordinated attacks in Paris kill 130 people Jan. 2016: Knife-wielding man shot dead on anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attacks Jul. 2016: Bastille Day truck attack in Nice leaves 84 dead Jul. 2016: Catholic priest killed after ISIS sympathizers storm church Sep. 2016: Plot to attack Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris foiled Feb. 2017: […]

Attack on Champs-Élysées Injects More Uncertainty Into French Vote – New York Times

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North Korea must have known a US aircraft carrier wasn’t nearby – Washington Post

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The enigma of Assad: How a painfully shy eye doctor turned into a murderous tyrant – Quartz

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad never seemed cut out to be a dictator. As a young man, Assad—the second son of strongman president Hafez al-Assad—was so painfully shy that in conversation, “he wouldn’t look in your eye…he covered his mouth with his hands when he talked, and spoke in a low voice,” says Ayman Abdel Nour, […]

Who is Aya Hijazi, the American freed from jail in Egypt? – Washington Post

BEIRUT — During nearly three years spent shuttling between an Egyptian jail and a Cairo courtroom cage in a case dismissed by human rights groups as “bizarre,” Aya Hijazi’s American citizenship did not seem to count for much. She was a dual national at a time when Egypt was gripped by the widest-ranging crackdown in its modern history. […]

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