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US must not be Iraq 'air force for Shiite militias': Petraeus

The man who led the US troop surge that preceded Washington's exit from Iraq after a costly eight-year war says there should not even be US air support without major change in Baghdad. The comments from General David Petraeus, who commanded US troops in Mosul -- Iraq's second city which fell to jihadists last week -- during a long military and intelligence career, came as the Shiite-led government in Baghdad formally asked for air support. Petraeus made a name for himself during the Sunni Arab insurgency that followed the US-led invasion of 2003 for questioning policies that he said risked fanning the resentment of the minority community that dominated Saddam Hussein's regime and all previous governments in Baghdad.


Iran position in nuclear talks 'worrying': Western diplomat

Iran's position in critical nuclear talks is "worrying", with no change on most issues, a Western diplomat said Thursday on the sidelines of negotiations in Vienna. "It is worrying that there is no evolution on the part of the Iranians on most subjects, including sanctions," the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.


Paul Haggis Is Here to Raise Questions

Never shy with his opinions, the filmmaker chats about the ‘Crash’ Oscar backlash, being famous for being an ex-Scientologist, and his controversial new film, ‘Third Person.’


The Coming Gay Marriage Witch Hunt

Is this the new McCarthyism? With the battle over gay marriage beyond hope, some conservatives say they fear being run out of public life for being on the losing side.


The Supreme Court Must Free This Man

He offered inconsistent confessions for his daughter’s murder, and the DNA of another man—a serial rapist—was found at the crime scene. But South Carolina was determined to convict. Now the Supreme Court can bring him justice.


Float Like a Ballerina, Sting Like a Bee

Photographer Paula Lobo spent a year traveling the globe, capturing dancers in their natural habitats. The result? A new tome that celebrates the art of movement.


Why Liberal Arts Isn’t for Losers

Americans starting with Benjamin Franklin have been suspicious of liberal arts higher education. But lately the critics’ knives are out in earnest.


Charged With Murder for a Miscarriage

A woman survived kidnapping, rape, and savage beatings—but her unborn child did not. Now Oklahoma City police are calling the death a homicide, and her missing ex is wanted for murder.


Uproar Over Bar Bathroom Pregnancy Tests

Word spread fast online about Alaska’s initiative to put pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms. Here’s why the tests are a good, and necessary, idea.


Can Google Save Graffiti?

Graffiti has made it on to the walls of museums, while Banksy’s work is as coveted as any modern master. Now Google has created a set of special galleries showcasing the best graffiti from around the world.


Stop Everything and Go Watch ‘Rectify’

There are no cathartic ‘gotcha’ moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue. ‘Rectify’ is to drama what ‘Louie’ is to comedy—an emotional marathon unlike anything on TV.


Just Don’t Call Her a ‘Model’

Yes, these women get paid millions to have their pictures taken for magazines and fashion shows. But they’re not, you know, the m-word.


Masturbation Isn’t Just for Bad Girls

A recent study sparked debate over how often women please themselves—some argued the numbers were much too low. Was the data right, or did stigma win out?


The Torturer in Charge of Mosul

ISIS’s success in Mosul could have something to do with the Iraqi government putting a general accused of carrying out systematic torture in charge of the city’s security.


Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.


Veteran wounded by grenade gets Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a veteran who took the blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds, including the loss of his right eye.


Israel presses West Bank teen hunt with 30 new arrests

Israeli troops arrested some 30 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight as they ramped up a massive search for three teenagers believed kidnapped by Hamas, the army said on Thursday. The three teenagers, two of them minors, disappeared from a popular hitchhiking spot near the sprawling southern West Bank Gush Etzion settlement bloc late on June 12, with Israel blaming Hamas. It has launched a massive military operation to find them which also has the stated objective of crushing the Islamist movement's infrastructure in the West Bank. One of the sites targeted was the students' union at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, the radio said.


Miliband to reveal welfare policies

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband was on Thursday to announce plans to withhold Jobseeker's Allowance from 18 to 21-year-olds unless they complete education or equivalent training if Labour come to power. Miliband was to reveal broad changes to the welfare system during a speech at the IPPR think tank on Thursday. He will announce that some benefits for the jobless, including Jobseeker's Allowance, would be replaced by a means-tested "youth allowance", only to be received if the claimant is in training or education.


Concern as Australians learn 'terrorist trade' in Iraq, Syria

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Thursday said she was deeply concerned about 150 Australians learning the "terrorist trade" fighting alongside Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. The country's top diplomat was briefed by her intelligence analysts this week on the number of Australians, some dual citizens, taking up arms alongside rebel groups. There are about 150 Australians who have been or are still fighting with opposition groups in Syria and beyond," she told ABC radio. "In Syria it seems that over a period of time they have moved from supporting the more moderate opposition groups to the more extreme and that includes this brutal extremist group, ISIS."


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