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  • Russian aid convoy enters eastern Ukraine; Kiev official denounces ‘invasion’

    22 August 2014, 9:41 am by: Karoun Demirjian, Michael Birnbaum

    MOSCOW — After a nearly 10-day standoff, at least 145 trucks of a Russian humanitarian convoy crossed into Ukraine on Friday without the permission of Ukrainian authorities or the accompaniment of the International Committee of the Red Cross — a step that…
  • Experimental Ebola treatment helped, Nancy Writebol’s son says

    22 August 2014, 8:36 am by: Abby Phillip

    Nancy Writebol believes that the experimental Ebola treatment drug ZMapp contributed to her recovery, her son said on Friday. Days after Writebol was released from Emory University Hospital, where she had been treated in isolation for the Ebola virus disease,…
  • Innovations: The best butter knife ever and 9 other brilliant redesigns

    22 August 2014, 7:01 am by: Tuan C. Nguyen

    Scissors. Cups. Kitchen utensils. They’re household items considered to be so fundamentally sound in their essential form and function that they’ve changed little throughout the years. Hence, for designers, figuring out a way to improve upon goods that…
  • McDonnell describes a marriage unraveling during his rise to power

    21 August 2014, 10:19 pm by: Rosalind S. Helderman, Matt Zapotosky, Steve Hendrix

    RICHMOND — In an emotional second day of testimony in his federal corruption trial, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell portrayed in searing detail the slow collapse of his marriage from the couple’s days as young lovers in Germany to battling,…
  • The next space race is for a rental car into orbit

    21 August 2014, 9:41 pm by: Christian Davenport

    Ever since the retirement of the space shuttle three years ago, American astronauts have had to hitchhike their way to the International Space Station aboard Russian spaceships. It is an increasingly costly arrangement, which the head of NASA has called…
  • After Foley killing, U.S. defends refusal to pay ransom to terrorist groups that kidnap

    21 August 2014, 8:22 pm by: Karen DeYoung, Adam Goldman

    The Obama administration sharply defended its refusal to negotiate with or pay ransom to terrorist groups that kidnap, following the videotaped execution this week of American photojournalist James Foley by the Islamic State. Read full article >>
  • Editorial: The wrong way to achieve political accommodation in Afghanistan

    21 August 2014, 8:11 pm by: Editorial Board

    WHEN PRESIDENT Obama announced in 2011 the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, he was sanguine about that nation’s future. U.S. soldiers could be “proud of their success,” he said, and he was “confident” that Iraqis would “build a future…
  • In Ferguson, young demonstrators are finding it’s not their grandparents’ protest

    21 August 2014, 8:07 pm by: DeNeen L. Brown

    FERGUSON, Mo. — It hasn’t been so easy for traditional civil-rights-era activists in this small St. Louis suburb in recent weeks, where the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has put them on all-too-familiar…
  • Krauthammer: Stopping the worst people on Earth

    21 August 2014, 8:05 pm by: Charles Krauthammer

    Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. Read full article >>
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 3 top Hamas commanders in Gaza Strip

    21 August 2014, 8:05 pm by: William Booth, Ruth Eglash

    JERUSALEM —Israeli airstrikes killed three top commanders of Hamas’s armed wing in Gaza on Thursday, dealing the most significant blow to the group’s military leadership in six weeks of fighting. Gaza-based militants responded with more rocket fire…
  • Pentagon leaves door open to strikes in Syria to curb Islamic State

    21 August 2014, 5:49 pm by: Dan Lamothe

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the Islamic State militant organization “is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen,” and left open the possibility that the United States may strike the group not only in Iraq, but…
  • Federal Eye: Guantanamo prisoner transfer for Bowe Bergdahl violated laws, review finds

    21 August 2014, 5:32 pm by: Josh Hicks

    The Obama administration broke the law when it exchanged five Taliban commanders for a captured U.S. soldier without giving Congress 30 days notice, according to a review by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. Read full article >>
  • GovBeat: New York City wants to make all the costumed characters you pose with in Times Square…

    21 August 2014, 2:57 pm by: Hunter Schwarz

    Costumed characters who pose for pictures with tourists in Times Square could become regulated under a proposed New York City law. If passed, the bill would require anyone who alters their appearance with costumes, makeup, wigs, or other methods and seeks…
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon withdraws National Guard from Ferguson, as clashes subside

    21 August 2014, 2:50 pm by: Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura, William Branigin

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from this St. Louis suburb on Thursday, the clearest sign yet that authorities believe the violent clashes between police and residents are subsiding after nearly two…
  • WorldViews: The logic of not paying ransoms

    21 August 2014, 1:32 pm by: Adam Taylor

    The U.S. government certainly tried to save James Foley before he was executed by Islamic State extremists. Sources have told The Washington Post that a secret raid was conducted in a bid to save the American journalist and others. It failed because the…
  • With an eye on 2016, Rand Paul takes his campaign-in-waiting to the operating room

    21 August 2014, 1:02 pm by: Ed O’Keefe

    Brothers Juan and Andres Hernandez traveled more than four hours here by bus for the chance to reunite with the man they call “Dr. Pablo.” Fifteen years ago, they were flown to Bowling Green, Ky., to be examined by an ophthalmologist named Rand Paul.…
  • In the Loop: Ambassadors, diplomats, House members are barred from #IceBucketChallenge

    21 August 2014, 12:11 pm by: Colby Itkowitz

    The State Department and the U.S. House informed their diplomats and lawmakers respectively this week that they may not participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research. The Associated Press obtained a cable sent to embassies around the world alerting…
  • Two Americans who contracted Ebola have been released from the hospital

    21 August 2014, 11:14 am by: Abby Phillip, Terrence McCoy, Lena Sun

    American doctor Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol, both of whom contracted Ebola while treating infected Liberian patients, have been released from an Atlanta hospital. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, and Brantly was…
  • In the Loop: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly nominate NRA head Wayne LaPierre in latest…

    21 August 2014, 10:39 am by: Colby Itkowitz

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has created some amusing bedfellows in the weeks since it swept social media. But Thursday, Gabby Giffords and her husband Mike Kelly, the latest in a long line of public officials and celebrities to accept the challenge, made the…
  • For Michael Sam, a victory even if cut from St. Louis Rams roster

    21 August 2014, 10:04 am by: Mark Maske

    In May, University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became the most highly publicized and intensely scrutinized seventh-round draft pick in NFL history with his selection by the St. Louis Rams. The brightness of the spotlight had little to do with how…
  • As more hospices enroll patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise

    21 August 2014, 7:47 am by: Peter Whoriskey

    This story is part of an ongoing WashPost series on the hospice industry in America. Read part 1, part 2, and part 3.  MAIDEN, N.C. — Clinard “Bud” Coffey, 77, a retired corrections officer, did the crossword in The Charlotte Observer after breakfast…
  • China tries five cult members for McDonald’s murder

    21 August 2014, 6:52 am by: Simon Denyer

    BEIJING — Five people went on trial Thursday in China on charges of beating a woman to death in a McDonald’s restaurant after unsuccessfully trying to recruit her to join their Christian cult. They allegedly belong to the Church of Almighty God, also known…
  • American doctor who contracted Ebola to be released from hospital

    21 August 2014, 6:03 am by: Terrence McCoy, Abby Phillip

    An American doctor who contracted Ebola while treating Liberian patients infected with the deadly disease will be released from an Atlanta hospital on Thursday, NBC news reports. Brantly appeared near death weeks ago after contracting the disease, which has…
  • A peaceful night in Ferguson after a visit from Eric H. Holder Jr.

    21 August 2014, 4:44 am by: David Nakamura, Nia-Malika Henderson

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Twelve days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, six people were arrested. A bottle was thrown at police. And a supporter of the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown was hit during a scuffle. Read full article >>
  • U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

    20 August 2014, 11:41 pm by: Adam Goldman, Karen DeYoung

    U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. Read full article >>

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