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62 African migrants and crew drown off Yemen: UN

Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned last weekend in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year, the UN said Friday. "The tragedy is the largest single loss of life of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden this year," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN's refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva. "The victims were reportedly buried by local residents after their bodies washed ashore near the Bab El Mandeb area off Yemen's coast," UNHCR said in a statement. The agency pointed out that counting previous such tragedies in the same area, at least 121 people have so far died this year trying to reach Yemen.


Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics

Girls in the devastated city of Goma, “the rape capital of the world,” are breaking stereotypes to find work—and independence—as car mechanics and carpenters.


Did Napster Destroy the Music Industry?

Fifteen years after Napster launched, we asked a dozen music journalists and editors to give their thoughts on the service that revolutionized the way we share and listen to songs.


The Invasion That Saved Europe

The Allied invasion of Europe that culminated in D Day took two years to plan and still nearly foundered on the bloody beaches of Normandy.


Mississippi Tea Party Goes Watergate

America’s ugliest primary got even weirder when supporters of Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel were found locked inside a county courthouse on election night.


Don’t Ever Let Me Buy a Gun Again

A bipolar 33-year-old says he’s rightly banned from purchasing a gun, but loopholes in America’s background-check system would do nothing to stop him if he were to try again.


Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction

Even honest people like a great heist in film or fiction. As for the rest of us, we’ll watch anything with turtlenecks and dynamite. But for connoisseurs, here’s the cream of the crop.


We’re Changing America for $12 Million

Congress could reform the way campaigns are financed with a simple majority vote. But of course, it won’t. So we will. And here’s how.


Laverne Cox’s Unbelievable Year

Litchfield Prison has been good to Laverne Cox. The unexpected breakout star of ‘Orange is the New Black’ is collecting awards and covers as the face of the transgender movement.


We Should Negotiate With Terrorists

Who started “we don’t negotiate with terrorists”? The president who did just that more than any other. Let’s stop this reactionary nonsense.


Pentagon has protocol for returned captives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life.


Tea partyer takes aim at Cantor in Va. primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday's Republican primary in Virginia.


VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

PHOENIX (AP) — In a new revelation in the growing VA scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died.


Sword fight at India's Golden Temple on raid anniversary

Amritsar (India) (AFP) - Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple in northern India on the 30th anniversary of a notorious army raid on the site. At least two people were wounded in the violence, according to an AFP photographer at the temple in the city of Amritsar, which is the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. "Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984 so what has happened is very sad," said a spokesman for a radical Sikh outfit called the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) whose supporters were involved in the clashes. "The Temple has once again been dishonoured today," the spokesman Prem Singh Chandumajra told reporters.


Texas GOP advances 'reparative therapy' for gays

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors.

Life 'behind the wire' seems far away from Afghan war

Kandahar (Afghanistan) (AFP) - At this sprawling US military base in the middle of the Afghan desert, sometimes it's difficult to tell if there's a war going on. Along a wooden boardwalk at the Kandahar Airfield, you can order a raspberry smoothie, buy pirated DVDs, eat a pizza, shop for trinkets and watch people in shorts play volleyball on a sand court. As NATO's US-led force prepares to depart by December, more and more troops are "behind the wire" on heavily guarded bases, with Afghan forces now taking charge of the fight against Taliban insurgents. The deadly conflict of homemade bombs and militant ambushes seems far away at the larger bases in Afghanistan, where television screens blast US cable news and basketball games.


Gunman kills one, injures three on Seattle campus

A gunman stormed a college in the northwestern US city of Seattle and shot four people, one of them fatally, before he was brought down by a student security guard wielding only pepper spray. In what the city mayor denounced as the latest example of America's "epidemic of gun violence," the shooter opened fire on campus with a shotgun and was only halted after he stopped to re-load. Those wounded at Seattle Pacific University were being treated in hospital. Seattle Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the gunman was a 26-year-old white man.


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