July 4, 2015

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Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints; at least 38 dead

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 38 soldiers, security and military officials said. The coordinated morning assaults in Sinai came a day after Egypt’s president pledged to step up the battle Read More…

Despite tenuous relationship, U.S., Russia find common ground in Iran nuke deal

VIENNA — Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks. Despite a chill over the Ukraine crisis that has spread to almost every element of their relationship, Moscow and Washington continue to find common cause on one of the most pressing issues on the global agenda Read More…

Cuba-U.S. relationship continues to warm as embassies open

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is Read More…

Search for bodies in Indonesian plane crash finished; death toll reaches 141

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesia’s air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family Read More…

Jeb Bush’s newly-released tax returns show amassing of fortune since governorship

WASHINGTON — In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script. Bush released three decades of federal tax returns on Tuesday that show he’s generated a vast fortune since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion. But they also show that Read More…

New rules aimed at shutting down fraudulent career training schools

WASHINGTON — Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out “impatient” individuals who have “few people in their lives who care about them.” Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line. In the two decades since trade schools started popping up on U.S. stock exchanges to Read More…

Artists using murals, graphic novels to combat extremism in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan — At a militant training camp in Pakistan, a new recruit asks his instructor why his comrades are attacking churches and mosques rather than enemy bases. “This world is full of sin. It needs to be bathed in blood,” the instructor replies, nurturing seeds of doubt that will eventually lead the young man Read More…

Indians: Three home runs give Salazar enough cushion in win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Danny Salazar had his best fastball Tuesday night and didn’t see much reason to use anything else. Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. “That was the key tonight,” he said. “I was Read More…

Women’s World Cup: U.S. shuts out No. 1 Germany, heads to final

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany Read More…

Itinerary announced for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He’ll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Read More…