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Deadly insurgent attack in Homs weighs on UN-led Syria talks

A deadly terrorist attack in central Syria on Saturday threatened to thwart efforts to wrest a political solution at peace talks in Geneva, with the U.N. mediator decrying “spoilers” who try to derail the efforts to end the country’s disastrous six-year war.

US wary as a Chinese base rises as a neighbor in Africa

The two strategic rivals are about to become neighbors in this sun-scorched patch of East African desert.

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled “Go! Go! Go!” and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic.

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

The extension of mercy to some of the church’s worst offenders has been questioned by survivors of abuse and papal advisers.

White House reverses course, cancels North Korea talks

The reversal came as the Malaysian government announced that VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea’s leader.

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place Feb. 13 amid crowds of travelers at the airport, appeared to be a well-planned hit.

Opinion & Ideas

DANTE RAMOS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/dante-2492.jpeg Don’t sweat the shadows on Boston Common

New shadows on Boston Common? Sorry, this just isn’t a problem.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/04/29/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Advance/Images/29nursing--90x90.jpg A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

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

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.