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Pope’s planned Myanmar visit risks stoking religious tensions

Myanmar’s main political and religious leaders described a potential visit by Pope Francis as a potential salve, while some hard-line Buddhist nationalists have warned the pope against championing a persecuted Muslim minority in the country. Read More

Public hospitals treat greater share of NYC mental health patients

Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 10:23 am
A new report shows mental patients in New York City are being cared for more and more by a strained public hospital system as financial pressures on some private hospitals drive them to divert patients and close beds. Read More

Afghan insurgents gaining as Trump rolls out war plan

The Taliban now control or dominate 48 of Afghanistan’s roughly 400 administrative areas, the most they have held since being ousted from power in 2001, based on data provided by the U.S. military to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Read More

S. Korea faces uncomfortable reality in nuclear neighbor to north

Updated on  August 21, 2017 at 10:35 am
As the United States debates the wisdom of military action against North Korea, its allies in South Korea have largely moved on and reached an uncomfortable conclusion — that they may have no choice but to live with a nuclear-armed neighbor. Read More

Showdown builds over defining fringe views in America

The country hasn’t extinguished racism. But society — universities, employers, cultural institutions, the military — has made clearer over time that people who hold racist views had better nurse them off in the corner. Read More

New York Police officers rally in support of Colin Kaepernick

Dozens of current and retired officers from the New York Police Department rallied this morning in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player lionized and reviled for refusing to stand during the national anthem. Read More

Romney to Trump: Apologize for causing ‘racists to rejoice’

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, has excoriated President Donald Trump for his equivocating response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urged him to apologize or risk subjecting the country to “an unraveling of our national fabric.” Read More

A grand cross-cultural body slam as WWE star turns up the heat

“You people have nothing to celebrate,” Jinder Mahal shouted into a microphone Tuesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The current World Wrestling Entertainment champion was dressed in a black turban and a gray suit with his giant belt slung over his shoulder. Read More

Japan still seeks U.S. protection while quietly staking own path

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 10:34 am
Amid public proclamations that appear to show little difference between Japan and the U.S. — and as North Korea accelerates its nuclear program — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has started to consider a more independent role for Japan in Asia. Read More

Mother of Charlottesville woman killed says she won’t talk to Trump

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 10:34 am
The mother of the woman who was run down by a car during violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, said that after seeing President Donald Trump’s comments equating white supremacist protesterswith those demonstrating against them, she does not wish to speak with him. Read More

Netanyahu uncharacteristically subdued on Trump’s remarks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, a powerful orator who often communicates directly through video clips, scathing Facebook posts and statements from his office, has remained uncharacteristically tongue-tied about Trump’s recent attempts to apportion equal blame to the “alt-left” for the violence in Charlottesville. Read More

Prominent Hong Kong activists jailed over pro-democracy protest

Three prominent young leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement were sentenced to six to eight months in prison, a severe setback for the semiautonomous Chinese city in its struggle for greater political freedom under Communist Party rule. Read More

Contradictory remarks deepen confusion over North Korea strategy

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:40 am
The Trump administration plunged the United States’ Asian allies into new confusion over its strategy for countering North Korea’s nuclear threat, as the chief White House strategist and top general offered radically different approaches to the crisis. Read More

Settlement reached in CIA torture case

A settlement in a lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the CIA’s brutal interrogation program was announced today, bringing to an end an unusual effort to hold individuals accountable for the techniques the agency adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read More