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November 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the nation's most famous evangelists whose ministry tended to presidents and paupers, has been taken to a hospital for observation in Asheville, N.C., his spokesman said Wednesday. Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 7 at a party with guests including Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, went to the hospital Tuesday and is expected to released soon, his spokesman said. “Billy Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago. As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two,” Mark DeMoss, a family spokesman, said in a statement emailed to reporters.
November 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
GENEVA - On the eve of a new round of talks, Iran's foreign minister appeared to suggest a way Tehran and the West can finesse the touchy question of whether the Islamic Republic will continue to enrich uranium for its nuclear program. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif released a five-minute online video that describes the negotiations that begin Wednesday in Geneva as a "historic opportunity" and urges the West to participate with respect and equal treatment of Iran so that the talks will be successful.
November 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
With all the recent drama surrounding Rob Ford, you have to wonder what the next stop is on the Toronto mayor's "crazy train. " Even outside of Canada, Ford fatigue may be setting in. Sunday saw him attending a Canadian Football League game -- despite being asked by the league commissioner not to -- in his "Mayor Ford" Argonauts jersey. The same day he told Fox News he wanted to run for  prime minister. On Monday, the Toronto City Council voted to strip Ford of much of his budget and transferred most of his important functions to the deputy mayor.
November 19, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Michael Muskal
A day after convicting a Pennsylvania pastor of breaking church law by officiating at his son's same-sex marriage, a Methodist jury suspended the Rev. Frank Schaefer for 30 days and told him he should surrender his credentials if he could not follow church doctrine. The jury, made up of 13 pastors, heard testimony that Schaefer's actions had divided his congregation at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa. They also heard from Schaefer, who refused to repudiate his conduct and refused to promise that he wouldn't do it again.
November 15, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Despite pressure from the Obama administration, Albania's prime minister said Friday that he would not allow the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the European country. Prime Minister Edi Rama surprised some Western officials by saying in a televised address that it was "impossible" to take on the job of dismantling Syrian President Bashar Assad's toxic arsenal because "we lack the necessary capacities to get involved in this operation. " Rama bowed to growing protests in the small Balkan nation, where activists have opposed being the host country for the costly and complex process of neutralizing Syria's weapons, because of concern over toxic waste.
November 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure of the latest international talks to limit Tehran's nuclear program, even as they insisted a deal remains possible. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said it was the Iranians, and not the French, whose last-minute objections Saturday stalled a preliminary deal that diplomats hoped would lead to a final settlement of the nuclear dispute after a decade of stalemate. "The French signed off on it, we signed off on it," Kerry said Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he sought to reassure Arab allies about the nuclear negotiations.
November 9, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - After days of rising expectations, diplomats from six world powers failed in marathon talks with Iran to seal a preliminary deal aimed at launching comprehensive negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Foreign ministers, who had hoped for a breakthrough on one of the world's most urgent security challenges, said instead early Sunday that they had been unable in 161/2 hours of talks Saturday to resolve issues raised by France. As a result, they said, lower-level officials will return to Geneva in 10 days to resume their effort to end a decade of diplomatic stalemate on the issue.
October 28, 2013 | Times wire reports
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 86, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, a key advisor to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, died Monday in Warsaw after being hospitalized for a high fever, said his personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz. In August 1980, Mazowiecki joined thousands of workers on strike at the Gdansk Shipyard. Within days, their action grew into a massive wave of strikes that gave birth to Solidarity - Eastern Europe's first free trade union and a nationwide freedom movement - led by a charismatic shipyard electrician, Lech Walesa, whose name quickly became known around the globe.
October 16, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Egypt's foreign minister said in an interview published Wednesday that turmoil in U.S.-Egyptian relations could harm American interests throughout the Middle East and suggested that his country's military-backed government might begin distancing itself from the United States and seeking aid elsewhere, possibly from U.S. rivals. The sharp tone of Nabil Fahmy's remarks, made to the state-owned Al Ahram daily, appeared aimed at warning the Obama administration against trying to pressure Egyptian authorities into easing a harsh ongoing crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's biggest Islamist movement.
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