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Opposition calls for direct talks with Syria government

The opposition didn’t condition its participation in upcoming UN-based negotiations on the departure of President Bashar Assad from office, signaling a degree of flexibility.

Navy aircraft with 11 aboard crashes into waters off Japan

A US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed Wednesday southeast of Okinawa, Japan, the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet, the Navy’s largest overseas fleet.

Syria talks in Russia, Saudi Arabia aim to unify rival sides

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday discussed ways to promote a peaceful settlement in Syria, including the return of refugees, humanitarian aid, and prisoners’ exchange.

Group calls for Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests

Indonesia’s military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

Saudi-led coalition pledges to ease crippling Yemen blockade

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen said on Wednesday that it will reopen the war-torn country’s main airport and a vital Red Sea port to some humanitarian aid shipments, easing a blockade imposed after rebels fired a missile toward the Saudi capital earlier this month.

US declares attacks on Myanmar Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’

US declares attacks on Myanmar Rohingya Muslims as ‘ethnic cleansing’

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Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


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Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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