Tuesday, October 13, 2015         

New York Times

A hushed room of diplomats listened intently as a man who called himself Adnan described his escape from Mosul, Iraq, when the Islamic State laid siege to the city in 2014: As a gay man, he told them via video link from Lebanon, he knew he would be killed, and that even members of his family would not be sorry.

They are overwhelmingly white, wealthy, older and male, in a nation that is being remade by the young, by women, and by black and brown voters.

The Obama administration has backed down in its bitter dispute with Silicon Valley over the encryption of data on iPhones and other digital devices, concluding that it is not possible to give U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to that information without creating an opening that China, Russia, cybercriminals and terrorists could also exploit.

On a sticky August afternoon in 2011, as rioters looted and burned in the streets outside, a small number of police officers gathered in a room in North London.

She showed up with color-coded maps. He wrote long private memos. She argued for sending more troops to fight the enemy and help rebuild a country. He argued for a more targeted mission, a smaller deployment and a limit on how long they would stay.

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and now, a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. One after another, mass shootings have horrified the nation, stoking debate about the availability of legal guns and anguish over the inability of society to keep weapons out of the hands of seething killers.

Prime Minister David Cameron praised her coolness under pressure. Bookmakers monitored her performance as they do election candidates.

When Mao stirred China with a call to let a hundred flowers bloom, he surely never imagined anything as frivolous as this.

As mass shootings have become ever more familiar, experts have come to understand them less as isolated expressions of rage and more as acts that build on the blueprints of previous rampages.

Many Americans struggle with questions over what makes a healthy diet: skim or whole milk? Lean meat or no meat at all? Is there such a thing as "good fat"?

Hillary Rodham Clinton dealt a significant blow to President Barack Obama in his efforts to secure approval from Congress on his signature trade agreement, saying Wednesday she could not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade pact she bolstered as secretary of state and that liberals in the Democratic Party have vehemently opposed.

It would be hard to imagine a more perfect birthday for Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, who turned 63 Wednesday.

A major scandal is erupting in the multibillion-dollar industry of fantasy sports, the online and unregulated business in which players assemble fantasy teams with real athletes.

For what NATO's secretary-general described as a "long time" and Russia's Defense Ministry characterized as just "a few seconds," a Russian fighter jet violated Turkey's airspace on Saturday, increasing tensions and raising concerns about Russian aggression beyond mere saber rattling.

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