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Afghan Government Says Mullah Omar 'Died In April 2013'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

The Afghan government says the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, "died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

In a statement issued by the office of the president, the government said their report was based on "credible information."

The announcement comes just two ...

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Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Officials in Waller County, Texas, have released more jailhouse video that they say dispels some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell two weeks ago.

Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner but her family says she ...

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Giant Panda Jia Jia Celebrates 37th Birthday And 2 Guinness World Records

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jia Jia, a giant panda living at an amusement park in Hong Kong, celebrated her 37th birthday on Tuesday and, along with it, broke two Guinness World Records.

Jia Jia became the oldest giant panda ever living in captivity and the oldest giant panda currently living in captivity.

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Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

President Obama capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia by becoming the first sitting American president to address the African Union.

In a speech intended for the entire continent and delivered from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama called on African leaders to create jobs and foster ...

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NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

During a meeting with all 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, Turkey said it wanted to give the members a heads up that at some point it may need their help fighting against the self-declared Islamic State.

Turkey called a rare Article 4 meeting of ...

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In Libya, Gadhafi's Son, Saif Al-Islam, Is Sentenced To Death In Absentia

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A court in Tripoli has sentenced the son of Moammar Gadhafi to death in connection with killings during the 2011 uprising that ended Gadhafi's rule.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo that because the country is in such disarray, the sentence was handed down in absentia. She filed this report ...

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Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

Monday, July 27, 2015

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report more than 1,000 cases of alleged sexual abuses against children, a national inquiry has found.

The BBC reports:

"Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church, 'not ...

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A Week Later, Milwaukee Police Still On The Hunt For 'Lion-Like' Animal

Monday, July 27, 2015

For a week, police had been receiving reports of a "lion-like" animal roaming the streets of Milwaukee.

Early last week, a resident even caught video of the creature. The cellphone footage showed what looked like a big, wild cat walking across a lawn:

The sightings increased as the week went ...

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In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kicking off a two-day trip to Ethiopia, President Obama called on the country to end its crackdown on journalists and to be more open politically.

Obama spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

"When all voices are being heard, when people know they are ...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22-Year-Old Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dies

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late pop icon Whitney Houston, died on Sunday.

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent months at a Georgia hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

The Associated Press reports:

"Police ...

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Police Identify Louisiana Theater Shooter As 59-Year-Old 'Drifter'

Friday, July 24, 2015

Police say the man who opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., on Thursday was a 59-year-old "drifter."

During a press conference this morning, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that John Russel Houser was from Alabama, had moved around quite a bit, but had been living in ...

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A Stitch in Time

Friday, July 24, 2015

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Obama Says His Biggest Frustration Has Been Inability To Pass Gun Laws

Friday, July 24, 2015

Just hours before a gunman opened fire at a Louisiana movie theater, President Obama spoke about gun control in an interview with the BBC.

"If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the ...

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Classified Emails Were Sent Through Clinton's Private Network, Watchdog Says

Friday, July 24, 2015

(This post was last updated at 2:53 p.m. ET.)

The Justice Department has received a referral to look into whether classified information was mishandled in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account to conduct official business.

After The New York Times first ...

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Man On Train Misses His Stop, So He Pulls Emergency Release To Get Off

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As a subway train left the L'Enfant Plaza station in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a man on board realized he had just missed his stop.

Instead of doing what most of us would do โ€” ride to the next stop and get on the next train going in the opposite ...

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Kerry, Moniz Face Off With Skeptical Lawmakers Over Iran Deal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz defended a deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program before skeptical lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Sen. Bob Corker, the committee chairman, opened the hearing by firing some shots.

"Based on ...

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Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants

Thursday, July 23, 2015

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here ...

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Wildfires In Montana, California Scorch Thousands Of Acres, Trigger Evacuations

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fast-moving wildfires in Montana and California have scorched thousands of acres and triggered evacuations.

NBC News has a bit more on the fire at Montana's Glacier National Park:

"The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire was first reported about 6 p.m. ET on the east side of Glacier National Park, ...

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Loops, Glitches Raise Questions About Texas Dashcam Video

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(This post was last updated at 9:25 p.m. ET.)

Last night, the Texas Department of Public Safety released a 51-minute video showing police arresting Sandra Bland after a routine traffic stop.

The thrust of the debate, of course, has been how that stop escalated into a full-on confrontation between ...

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After 4 Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei finally got his passport back today, four years after it was seized by government authorities.

Ai made the announcement on Instagram, posting a selfie of him holding his red and gold passport with a simple caption: "Today, I picked up my passport."

The ...

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