August 4, 2015

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Taliban: Peace talks? What peace talks?

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are “not aware” of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations. The apparent rejection Read More…

Minnesota hunter now hunted after lion kill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known, protected lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world. Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense Read More…

New Israeli documentary focuses on struggles of gay Palestinians

TEL AVIV, Israel — During last summer’s Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip. He thought yet again of the dichotomy of his life as a gay Arab Israeli citizen considered an outcast by the Palestinian Read More…

New Toyota robot can pick up toys, help sick

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Toyota’s new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for “human support robot,” comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It doesn’t have Read More…

Katy Perry takes on nuns in dispute over convent in Hollywood hills

LOS ANGELES — The hills around Hollywood have always been coveted real estate, but a fight over the sale of a hilltop convent has pitted an order of elderly nuns against the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, who wants to sell the property to pop singer Katy Perry. The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Read More…

Brady fights on, filing lawsuit against suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, July 29

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan Ankara’s air campaign against IS militants and Kurdish forces creates a conundrum for Obama, who is leading the fight against one of those targets while relying heavily on the other. 2. Read More…

Obama’s conundrum: Choose between Turkey and Kurds against Islamic State

WASHINGTON — Turkey’s dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey’s targets while relying heavily on the other target. In a dizzying array of alliances, Obama has been pleading with Turkey for nearly Read More…

Spy for Israel freed on parole; dispute continues 30 years later

WASHINGTON — The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. Thirty years later, Pollard, 60, has been granted parole from his life sentence by the U.S. Parole Commission, which set Read More…

UPDATED: Afghanistan intelligence confirms Mullah Omar’s death

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban hosted Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks and then waged a decade-long insurgency against U.S. Read More…