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Taliban announce new leader, and pick 2 deputies from hard-line wing

The Taliban leadership has announced the appointment of a new head, as well as two deputies drawn from the hard-line Haqqani wing, according to messages it posted Friday.

Suspected Jewish extremists burn houses, killing Palestinian child

Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two West Bank houses on Friday, burning a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation.

WikiLeaks says US spied on another ally: Japan

The United States has for years been intercepting phone calls between Japanese officials on sensitive issues, according to WikiLeaks.

Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing

Nine years after former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko drank radioactive tea at a London hotel, an inquiry into his death ended Friday with his widow claiming President Vladimir Putin ordered the killing — and Moscow accusing Britain of politicizing the inquiry.

Tunisia’s president extends state of emergency 2 more months

Tunisia’s presidency on Friday extended the country’s state of emergency for an additional two months as the country battles a violent Islamic insurgency that last month killed 38 tourists on a beach.

Al Qaeda attacks rebel faction it calls US agent

Members of Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the US government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen.



// With Widett Circle, can Mayor Walsh reshape Boston?

If the city’s failed Olympics bid accomplished anything, it was to kindle a conversation about the future of the circle.


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// Vatican sex abuse trial a pivotal moment for Pope Francis

The trial of former papal diplomat Josef Wesolowski is the first major test of the criminal justice system under Francis.

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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