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How I’ll End the War

An officer in Afghanistan volunteers to help teach English to Afghan students and ends up making art with them.

A Million Ways to Kill the Quality Spoof

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ comes off like ‘Blazing Saddles’ ’ tame older cousin. Where did the poorly written genre go so horribly wrong?

Mad Men’s Most Random Guest Stars

Is that Rory Gilmore having sex with Pete Campbell? Mr. Belding, why are you hawking Cool Whip? A look at the forgotten TV veterans to guest star on ‘Mad Men.’

Al Qaeda Grows as U.S. Withdraws

American forces are headed for the exit in Afghanistan. But new U.S. intelligence assessments say that the terrorist threat there is on the rise.

Hagel to make decisions on Guantanamo detainees 'fairly soon'

By David Brunnstrom ANCHORAGE Alaska (Reuters) - - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday he will make decisions fairly soon about detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention center who Uruguay has offered to accept. U.S. President Barack Obama's administration wants to close the center in Cuba used to imprison people captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and has been talking to several countries about relocating inmates. Guantanamo, criticized by human rights groups, has prisoners that have been held for a decade or longer without being charged or given a trial. Opened by President George W. Bush in 2002 to hold suspects rounded up overseas, Guantanamo became a symbol of the excesses of his "war on terror." Hagel said he was taking his time in reaching a decision about six detainees Obama had discussed with Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, as well as other detainees, in order to be sure that releasing them was the responsible thing to do.

Maya Angelou, the nation's wise woman

Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action back in the 1990s, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single, astute observation.

Where House Democrats are spending campaign cash

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday began reserving advertising time with television stations across the country. Where and when the House Democrats' campaign arm is looking to spend money:

Annan, Clinton on Norway's Nobel Committee? Maybe soon

International figures such as Kofi Annan and Hillary Clinton could get a say in who wins the Nobel Peace Prize, as a recent spat with China pushes Norway to spread responsibility for the award. Norway is still suffering the fall-out from the Nobel committee's decision to award the prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Although Norway's government had no say in the decision, China was furious.

Abe to offer Japan as China counterweight, at Asian defence forum

Shinzo Abe will use a speech at an Asian defence forum this weekend to offer Japan as a counterweight to the growing might of China in a region increasingly riven by territorial disputes. The Japanese prime minister will tell the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue that Tokyo and its partner the United States stand ready to jointly bolster security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported. He will stop short of singling out China, the paper added, but there will be little doubt about where he thinks the blame lies for the various escalating disputes in the South China Sea, and Japan's own battle with Beijing over East China Sea islands.

Ferry disaster clouds key vote for Seoul mayor

South Korea's ferry disaster has cast a heavy shadow over upcoming local elections, especially the key race for Seoul mayor -- a high-profile post seen as a possible springboard for the presidency. Surrounded by allegations of negligence, greed and incompetence, the sinking of the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry triggered intense criticism of the government and President Park Geun-Hye whose ruling conservative Saenuri Party fears a backlash in the June 4 vote. Particular attention will be paid to the mayoral race in Seoul where the two main candidates for one of the most powerful jobs in the country present a timely study in contrasts. His main challenger, tycoon-turned-politician Chung Mong-Joon of the Saenuri Party, is a seven-term legislator and scion of the family that founded and controls the giant Hyundai conglomerate.

PNG police blast Australia riot review as 'cover-up'

Papua New Guinea police on Thursday said an investigation into a riot at an Australian detention centre on Manus Island that left an asylum-seeker dead "stinks of a major cover-up". Deputy Commissioner Simon Kauba said the findings of the probe, carried out on behalf of the Australian government, "only hampers our on-going investigations into the riot" which also left 69 people injured in February. "Our investigations have been frustrated from day one with a complete lack of cooperation from all involved including (detention centre security firm) G4S employees as well as the asylum-seekers themselves," Kauba said in a statement.

Kerry to Snowden: 'Man up' and come home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States." Snowden says in an interview that he would like to go home.

U.S. veterans health probe confirms cover-up of care delays

By David Lawder, Roberta Rampton and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Calls for U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign grew louder on Wednesday as the agency's inspector general confirmed "systemic" and widespread VA scheduling abuses to cover up long wait times for veterans' healthcare. The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog is probing manipulation of appointment data at 42 VA medical centers, up from 26 last week, it said in an interim report on allegations of secret waiting lists. The office said it has confirmed that "inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic" throughout the Veterans Health Administration. The report confirmed allegations that staff at VA medical facilities in Phoenix significantly understated months-long wait times for healthcare appointments for veterans.

California lawmakers reject bill requiring labeling on GMO foods

California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would require labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the second time in two years such legislation has failed to take hold in the state. Proponents of the bill had sought to make California the second state in the country after Vermont to require GMO labeling, but the measure failed to pass the state Senate by two votes. Democratic Senator Noreen Evans, the bill's author, was planning to push a reconsideration vote on Thursday before the end of the legislative session. The bill would require all distributors who sell food in California to label the product if any of the ingredients have been genetically engineered.