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In Jordanian city hit by ISIS, old lessons on Christian-Muslim coexistence

Yahoo World News Feed - May 23, 2017 - 12:02pm

When Islamic State jihadists seized the Crusader castle in the heart of this southern Jordanian city in December, Maher Habashneh had just one thing in mind. Braving stray bullets from a firefight playing out in the city center between ISIS and an alliance of security forces and city residents, Mr. Habashneh rushed to the home of Waddah Amarien, where he stood guard until his childhood friend returned from Amman early the next morning. Habashneh, an unemployed university graduate, is Muslim, Mr. Amarien is Christian.

As Taiwan debates gay marriage, advocates eye influence abroad

Yahoo World News Feed - May 23, 2017 - 11:03am

As bills to legalize same-sex marriage made their way through the legislature last year, Taiwan seemed poised for a blast of international limelight – not so common for the island of 23 million. For LGBT advocates throughout Asia, the proposed law promised to be an exciting “first” for the region. For a groundswell of Taiwanese, it also represented one more step in Taipei’s years-long strategy of compensating for its diplomatic handicaps with “soft power” strength, bolstering its image as a place open to social change – particularly in contrast to mainland China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan.

Manchester attack: three questions to consider

Yahoo World News Feed - May 23, 2017 - 10:14am

In what has become an all-too-familiar occurrence, an apparent terrorist attack has once again struck the European public, this time at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, attended by thousands of pre-teen and teenaged girls. At the time of writing, the death toll was at 22, with more than 50 injured in what has been described as a suicide bombing just at the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Media reports and recent patterns suggest that the perpetrator is likely another radicalized, lone-wolf attacker, perhaps inspired by the so-called Islamic State, which has already claimed responsibility.

Trump has denied 'collusion' with Russia. But is that the real issue?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 22, 2017 - 2:03pm

If there’s a single word at the center of the FBI investigation into the Russian connection to the 2016 US election, it might be “collusion.” It means secret or illegal cooperation, especially to cheat or deceive others. “That is important stuff for the public to be aware of even if it absolves the campaign staff of ‘knowing collusion,’ ” says Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who studies national security and intelligence surveillance, in an email interview.

Trump’s fresh approach to the Middle East

Yahoo World News Feed - May 22, 2017 - 10:57am

By example as much as by words, President Trump has used his maiden trip abroad to demonstrate a fresh direction for the Middle East, one that could be called ecumenical diplomacy. First he visited Islam’s birthplace, Saudi Arabia. Then he was off to Israel, the center of Judaism.

One West Virginia city's pioneering approach to opioid crisis

Yahoo World News Feed - May 22, 2017 - 8:53am

Within a minute of the siren sounding in Station 4, three firefighters are barreling through a red light.

Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan opposition should seek common ground with Chávist loyalists, A bipartisan case for Comey's dismissal

Yahoo World News Feed - May 20, 2017 - 4:00am

"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.

Readers write: Train memories, Brontës depiction, people's enemies

Yahoo World News Feed - May 20, 2017 - 4:00am

There are no more train whistles, but we hear lots of talking, laughing, and people enjoying themselves. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Regarding the March 27 Chapter & Verse blog, “ ‘To Walk Invisible’ brings to life the Brontës and the genius forged on the moors”: I recently viewed “To Walk Invisible.” It was excellent – much better than the 1946 movie “Devotion.” I have read all the Brontë novels and never wondered where they found the material.

Trump's first trip: Can he offer leadership on both security and values?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 19, 2017 - 2:12pm

For national security adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s first overseas trip is about proclaiming the return of America’s global leadership. The president’s nine-day, five-country trip to the Middle East and Europe, which begins Friday, will “reverse a trend of America’s disengagement from the world and from the world’s biggest problems,” Lt. Gen. McMaster said recently. The challenge Mr. Trump faces, however, is that the leaders he will meet with and the publics he’ll address in the two regions he’ll visit are looking for different things from America and will have very different aspirations for US leadership.

Cassette comeback: For fans, 'a yearning for something you can hold'

Yahoo World News Feed - May 19, 2017 - 1:53pm

Like the original, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is endearingly retro. The hero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) cherishes a vintage Sony Walkman and his mixtape of 1970s pop gems such as “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” from the band Looking Glass. Cassette sales are up by 82 percent for the year, and even Top 40 hitmaker Justin Bieber is releasing albums on tape.

What path forward for the GOP agenda?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 19, 2017 - 11:49am

The window for Republicans in Congress to make significant progress on their agenda is closing fast, and a disorganized and crisis-riddled White House is not helping. At all.

Last show for Ringling: Why it’s not really the end of the circus

Yahoo World News Feed - May 19, 2017 - 11:02am

On May 21 the circus long promoted as “The Greatest Show on Earth” is closing down with a final performance in Uniondale, N.Y. – attended by no small dose of bittersweet nostalgia from fans and the media. Richard Bukowski can tell you. To many, the demise of Ringling – a circus that defined the word for a century and half – seems unfathomable.

He’s led a transformation among Roma villagers: crime down, productivity up

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 5:01pm

László Bogdán doesn’t enjoy his fame much. Journalists, politicians, and even foreign diplomats have been flocking to see Mr. Bogdán in Cserdi, a village in southern Hungary where he’s the mayor. The “Cserdi miracle,” as it’s been dubbed, has made the mayor famous nationwide.

How Mueller appointment may calm a roiled Washington

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 2:56pm

The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the agency’s Russia investigation adds a measure of integrity and calm during a time of tumult in Washington. It cools the nascent – and premature – talk of impeachment that had started to build following President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, and reports that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to drop an investigation into the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

More than they bargained for? Israeli leaders gird for Trump visit.

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 12:38pm

A recent cartoon in the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu breaking a sweat as he greeted a friend bearing gifts: President Trump with a package containing an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Mr. Netanyahu, on the heels of a famously bad relationship with former President Barack Obama that both sides did little to hide, has gone out of his way to signal that Mr. Trump is a president he can deal with. For his part, Trump took office after campaigning hard on the theme he would be a more sympathetic friend to Israel.

The place in America where (almost) no one drinks their tap water

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 11:57am

“[O]n the TV you see someone go to the faucet and get a drink of water, and it just makes me mad cause, you know, we can’t do that,” says Mr. Fannin, who buys two or three 24-packs of bottled water a month for drinking and cooking. For the rest of the community, relying solely on bottled water is seen as just a way of life, not a reason to protest.

How can America's spies navigate today's political minefields?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 9:36am

As Mark Lowenthal climbed the CIA’s ranks, he prided himself on staying level-headed even in tense political moments. When popular CIA Director George Tenet resigned that July after US intelligence leads failed to turn up suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, reports in The Wall Street Journal indicated that CIA rank-and-file officers had begun supporting President Bush’s Democratic rival, John Kerry. White House officials quickly seized on those rumors, accusing the agency of playing politics.

Special counsel appointed to investigate Russia-Trump ties: Three key questions

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2017 - 8:48am

The Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials should provide structure and some measure of order for a Washington situation that was threatening to spin out of control. Indeed, the presence of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III at the head of a semi-independent probe may provide the White House something of a respite. It provides a ready answer to further questions about Russia on developments both old and new.

As controversy swirls around Trump, Russia watches helplessly

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2017 - 12:29pm

When Russian President Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to provide Congress with a transcript of his foreign minister's controversial meeting last week with President Trump in the Oval Office, it was not warmly received by US politicians. Rather, its greater significance may be as a sign of just how alarmed Mr. Putin and the Kremlin are becoming about what's happening in Washington. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

Does US need a new crime crackdown? Prosecutors see generational divide

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2017 - 12:17pm

At the core of the debate over the role of prosecutors in keeping America safe, some experts and prosecutors believe, is a generational divide. Attorney General Jeff Sessions represents one view, epitomized by his decision to restore mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses on Friday – undoing guidance aimed at reducing prison overcrowding. “It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” he said in the memo.