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Russia parades Syrian ‘witnesses’ to disprove gas attack

Russian diplomats brought alleged “witnesses” from Syria, including an 11-year-old child, to the headquarters of the global chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands.

Pope to host abuse victims individually, seek forgiveness

ROME — Pope Francis will host three victims of Chile’s sexual abuse scandal this weekend at the Vatican hotel where he lives, to ask their forgiveness and listen to their suggestions, the Vatican announced Wednesday, as he tries to make amends for voicing doubts about their accusations.

Indian court jails spiritual guru for life in rape case

An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and sentenced him to life in prison.

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence

China is prepared to take further steps to counter perceived moves by self-ruling Taiwan toward formal independence following recent war games aimed at intimidating the island’s leaders, the government said Wednesday.

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.

Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way

The European Space Agency released the most accurate census yet of stars in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies Wednesday, providing astronomers with a wealth of new data for further research.

Opinion & Ideas


// Memo to Mass GOP: Don’t put a bigot on the ballot

Virulently anti-gay provocateur Scott Lively doesn’t belong on the GOP primary ballot.

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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