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August 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- Authorities were bracing for more political violence in Bangladesh after a court ruling Thursday that effectively banned the country's main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, from running in a general election expected by early 2014. In a controversial decision, the High Court ruled that Jamaat-e-Islami's registration violated the nation's secular constitution. This triggered protests by party supporters in Jessore, Bogra, Gaibandha and the capital, Dhaka, where demonstrators smashed vehicles and blocked roads, according to police.
July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia - A Tunisian opposition figure was shot to death at his home Thursday, igniting widespread protests after the second high-profile political assassination this year in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular  forces. Mohammed Brahmi, a member of parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by men on a motorbike, according to news reports. Brahmi, an Arab nationalist,  served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia's proposed constitution.
July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Thousands of protesters gathered in Tunisia's capital and other cities Thursday following the assassination of a top opposition politician, many of them chanting: “Down with the rule of Islamists.” The headquarters of Nahda, the dominant Islamist party, and the municipal building in Sidi Bouzid were set on fire. Civil rights groups called for an investigation into the killing and warned the nation's democratic transition was in danger. Mohammed Brahmi, a leading nationalist and member of Parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by gunmen on a motorbike, according to media reports.
July 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It began as series of small shuddering earthquakes beneath Alaska's Mt. Redoubt that gradually coalesced into a high-frequency "scream," according to seismologists. While scientists could only guess as to what triggered the vibrations, there was no question about what happened next: The seismic scream was followed by 30 seconds of silence, and then a series of volcanic eruptions -- 20 over a two-week period -- that launched an enormous plume of ash resembling a mushroom cloud. In a study published recently in Nature Geoscience, researchers examined data from the 2009 eruption and concluded that the sustained vibrations were caused by numerous so-called stick-slip movements on faults more than a mile beneath the volcano.
July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - At least 10 people were killed in street battles and clashes with security forces as supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president rallied in Cairo and elsewhere Friday in the first major show of defiance against what they termed an illegal military coup. As night fell and military helicopters circled the capital, supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi clashed on the bridges and overpasses leading to Tahrir Square, the heart of the protests that forced Morsi's removal Wednesday.
June 26, 2013 | By David Pagel
If anything defines our times, it's that everything seems to be running together. Movies look like comic books. Reality and television are in bed with each other. News and entertainment appear to have fused. And interpersonal communication, otherwise known as social networking, has become a form of advertising - a kind of self-promotion that replaces the give-and-take of conversations with the monotony of monologues. At Jancar Gallery, the six punchy paintings in “Erupt,” Mira Schnedler's first solo show in the United States, begin with the blurry boundaries of the day. INTERACTIVE:  The price of art But rather than stirring them into an overcooked stew of bland superficiality, the German-born, L.A.-based painter makes a virtue of incompatibility, inconsistency, irresolution.
June 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Another wildfire, the sixth of seven this season in Colorado, has broken out, forcing about 100 people to leave their homes in Jefferson County, about 30 miles from Denver. The blaze, known as the Lime Gulch fire, is burning near Foxton, Colo., on lands of the Pike National Forest. Approximately 500 acres have burned but no injuries have been reported. "The good news is, it's a very sparsely populated area as far as houses go," Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink told reporters.
June 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT -- Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and government troops erupted Thursday at a United Nations-monitored checkpoint, the heaviest battle to date near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The checkpoint near the town of Quneitra, Syria's sole crossing into the Golan Heights, was overrun in the morning by rebels in a symbolic victory that was reportedly reversed a few hours later when Syrian government forces recaptured the area. As of Thursday afternoon, three mortar rounds from the fighting had landed in the Golan Heights as Syrian soldiers and rebels battled for control of the town, according to Israeli military officials.
May 17, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
After days of silence during which long-held resentment toward Abercrombie & Fitch Co. began to boil over, Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries tried to stem a backlash against the teen-focused retailer. Jeffries, in a statement Thursday, discussed criticism that the company lacks women's XL and XXL sizes in favor of catering toward young, good-looking customers. "A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers," he said in the statement.
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