Category Archives: Americas

Ariel Castro’s death is ‘last slap’ to victims’ faces, psychologist says

Kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro’s apparent prison suicide may deprive his victims of a vital sense that justice has been done, a leading psychologist said Wednesday. The convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist was found dead overnight, an apparent suicide just … Continue reading

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With big promise of aid, Saudi Arabia puts security before diplomacy

News Analysis Saudi Arabia’s pledge to replace U.S. aid to Egypt that could be cut in the wake of the military’s bloody crackdown makes clear the American ally’s priority in the Middle East: to keep deposed President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim … Continue reading

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Iraq, 10 years on: Did invasion bring ‘hope and progress’ to millions as Bush vowed?

When the administration of President George W. Bush planned the invasion of Iraq, hopes ran high that the massive deployment of troops and money wouldn’t just result in the toppling of Saddam Hussein: The United States would help create a … Continue reading

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How the US military can become a ‘band of brothers and sisters’

Even before she moved to Israel, Minnesota-born Cpl. Arrielle Werner was certain she possessed what it took to fight on the front lines. “I realized that I couldn’t be the passive Minnesotan,” said the 21-year-old member of Israel’s majority female Caracal Battalion, … Continue reading

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Survey: World’s opinion of US, Obama slips

Global overall confidence in and attitudes toward the United States have slipped since the beginning of President Barack Obama’s presidency, a new survey of 21 countries by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Projectshowed. But while confidence in Obama — … Continue reading

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Mexico’s drug war: No sign of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Mexico is struggling to contain a drugs war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives in less than six years. F. Brinley Bruton spoke to NBC News contributor Jorge Castañeda, who is a former Mexican foreign minister and a New York University professor, about … Continue reading

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Cross-border methamphetamine trade booms amid Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’

The number of methamphetamine “super labs” seized by Mexican authorities has rocketed in the last five years but shipments of the drug across the border have also continued to grow, according to government statistics. The increase highlights how Mexico’s cartels … Continue reading

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