October 25, 2013 |
ALEPPO, Syria - In the newly opened office of the Islamist Liberation Party, the chairs were still covered with plastic and the walls were bare except for three Islamic black and white flags hanging behind Hisham Baba, the party's spokesman. Political pamphlets fresh from the printer had yet to be folded. On that day, during which Baba prepared political and religious presentations on his laptop, more than two dozen people were killed in and around Aleppo. Even as the Syrian civil war rages on in its third year with dim prospects for a resolution, Islamist, secular, nationalist and other groups in rebel-controlled areas are jockeying to present themselves as the best alternative to the government of President Bashar Assad.
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October 8, 2013 |
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of Israel's most influential ultra-Orthodox spiritual leaders who presided over the Shas political party, has died. He was 93. Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He had been treated in recent weeks for a series of medical conditions, including problems with his back, heart, kidneys and lungs. Strict but pragmatic, the authoritative rabbi held sway over several hundred thousand observant Sephardic Jews, who adhered to his rulings and teachings on marriage, politics and other topics.
July 3, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Political assassinations, kidnappings and threats have cast a pall over upcoming regional elections in which the ruling party is stressing its efforts to control violence as it seeks to consolidate power. Authorities reported that a mayoral candidate in Durango state was shot to death Monday by unknown assailants, his body dumped on a roadside, after he had been kidnapped at a funeral. Over the weekend, gunmen pumped more than 25 rounds into a car carrying Rosalia Palma, a candidate for state legislature in Oaxaca.
June 11, 2013
Re "Plug is pulled," June 7 The fact that electric vehicle activist and salesman Paul Scott was turned away from meeting President Obama is outrageous for several reasons. It's bad enough that Scott was denied the same opportunity that others who paid more than $30,000 to meet with the president were given. It's also absurd that anyone would need to spend this amount to have a few minutes with an elected representative. Scott chose to be open with the public about his intentions, something that takes courage of conviction.
May 12, 2013 |
There are two things you can do for your mother on Mother's Day. One is to say "thank you. " (Over lunch, with flowers.) The other is to ask her for advice - even if she's not convinced you really want it. "I don't think kids take any advice from their parents after they're 12," my mother told me last week. "But maybe they'll consider it. If they consider it, that's all you can ask. " Lois Doyle McManus is 87, and arthritis is getting in the way of her piano career. Her most recent performance, a concert with a community college orchestra, was last month.
March 8, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As tensions mounted over repeated failures to issue results in Kenya's tightly fought presidential contest, the election commission Friday said there would be a further delay but promised the announcement later in the evening. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was leading with votes tallied in more than 80% of the constituencies, but it was unclear whether he would garner the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He was sitting just below the threshold at 49.8% with 5.1 million votes to more than 4.5 million for his nearest competitor, Prime Minister Raila Odinga.