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Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses

Economic experts express hope move could significantly expand private enterprise on the communist island.

Obama nudges Vietnam on human rights, but some activists barred from meeting with him

The White House had requested the meeting as a signal to Vietnam’s Communist government that the United States cares about human rights.

Friends, Romans: help restore Rome’s ruins, monuments

Rome has pleaded for patrons to help pay for the restoration and maintenance of some of the hundreds of fountains, monuments, archaeological sites and historical streets in the Italian capital.

Defeated right-wing Austrian president hopeful urges unity

The right-wing candidate who narrowly lost to a left leaning rival in the Austrian presidential election urged his supporters Tuesday to respect the result and show tolerance to those with different political views.

Brussels police chief injured during anti-austerity clashes

The Brussels police chief was injured during clashes at the end of Tuesday’s major anti-austerity demonstration attended by around 50,000 people in the center of the Belgian capital.

Kurdish forces mount offensive on Raqqa, de facto capital of ISIS

Backed by US airstrikes, the effort represents the first ground attack to challenge the city.

Opinion & Ideas


// Stand your ground against gun violence

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has a chance to make sure more Missouri residents don’t die from gun violence.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// 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.

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