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Lawyer urges release of Post journalist in wake of Iran nuclear deal

The lawyer for a Washington Post journalist facing trial in Iran on charges including espionage pressed Tuesday for his immediate release from prison.

Taliban make gains across 3 provinces in Afghanistan

The Taliban have seized territory across three provinces in northern Afghanistan in recent days, as the government in Kabul has struggled to reinforce isolated outposts amid the insurgent offensive.

Kerry implores House to approve Iran deal; key backer of Israel pledges his support

As Secretary of State John Kerry made a second appearance before highly skeptical lawmakers to press for approval of the nuclear deal with Iran, the longest-serving Jewish member in Congress said he would support the accord.

Iraqi militias train young teens to fight Islamic State

A quiet middle-class Shi’ite neighborhood in western Baghdad was recently transformed into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State.

Russia declares US foundation ‘undesirable’ under new law

Russian prosecutors on Tuesday moved to outlaw a prominent US foundation, for the first time taking advantage of a new law designed to shut foreign groups deemed hostile to national interests amid a showdown with the West over Ukraine.

South Korea sees end of MERS threat after outbreak killed 36

South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.


opinion | Richard North Patterson

// Israel is the GOP’s new wedge issue

Mike Huckabee’s controversial remarks dramatize a far more disturbing development.


John L. Allen Jr. | Crux

// 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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