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Monday, July 14, 2014



Afghans to Alter the Government

Officials are seeking a stronger parliamentary system nearly a decade after the U.S. pushed a Constitution that enshrined near-dictatorial powers for the Afghan president.

Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

Many children in India are exposed to a bacterial brew from human waste that may make it impossible for food alone to cure their malnutrition.

Middle East

U.N. Security Council Authorizes Strengthened Syria Aid

The unanimous measure permits U.N. agencies and other relief groups to deliver cross-border aid without the Syrian government’s permission.

Israel Intercepts Drone Sent From Gaza

The drone added a new element to the conflict, and Hamas said others had been dispatched on “special missions.”


Church of England Votes to Allow Women as Bishops

The vote by the church’s decision-making body overturns centuries of tradition and overcomes a dispute that had undermined the unity of Anglicans.

Letter From Europe

Italian Island of Elba Clings to Napoleon’s Legacy

Elba has become a microcapital of Napoleon-mania, with a full calendar of period balls, commemorative Masses, conferences, theatrical performances, book readings and walking tours.


Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

Ms. Gordimer found her themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored.

More News

Hamas Publishes Photo of a Drone It Says It Built

Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, said on Monday that it had built and flown three types of unmanned aircraft against Israel, all variants of an Iranian-made drone.

North Korea Fires Rockets and Artillery

Artillery pieces and rockets were fired into the sea between North Korea and Japan on Monday, said a South Korean defense spokesman.

Delicate Operation to Refloat Wrecked Cruise Ship Begins in Italy

Engineers hope to lift the Costa Concordia, which ran aground in 2012, killing 32 passengers and crew, so that it can be towed to port for salvage.

Militants Fire on Military Post in Egypt, Killing Soldier and Nearby Civilians

The fighters in Egypt have also fired rockets at Israel in a show of support of Palestinian groups.

Rival Factions in Libyan Capital Battle for Control of Main Airport

The United Nations mission in Libya, which began to withdraw staff members last week because of security concerns, accelerated that withdrawal on Sunday.

Germans See World Cup Win as a Symbol of Global Might

The victory symbolized, at least to fans, not just Germany’s dominance of Europe, but its prominence on the world stage.

In Divided Jerusalem, Rail Line for Arabs and Jews Is Among the Fractures

Rioters in a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem destroyed two light-rail stations, breaking what some saw as an artery of coexistence in a city that is otherwise split.

U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force

A classified report says that many units are deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran, according to U.S. officials.

Donetsk Journal

For a Weekend, Ukraine Rebels Make Love, Not War

A wedding was billed as the first in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, and on Saturday it was singles night.

France to Shift Mali Troops to Battle Regional Terrorism

Forces were sent to halt advances by Islamist militants who had hijacked an uprising by Tuareg separatists and occupied much of northern Mali in 2012 before being driven back.

Holder Voices ‘Extreme Concern’ About Terrorist Bomb Makers

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. addressed reports that Yemeni explosives experts were working on devices small enough to fit into cellphones or laptop computers, and helping militants in Syria.

Ukrainian Forces Close In on Rebel-Held Luhansk

Government fighters battered the outer suburbs of Luhansk, pushing deeper than ever but falling short of retaking the city.

Deadlock Blocks Iraqi Leadership Vote as ISIS Makes Gains Toward Baghdad

A sandstorm was blamed for the delay, but a possible defection in an alliance aiming to reinstate Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki may have played a greater role.

News Analysis

Americans and Iranians See Constraints at Home in Nuclear Negotiations

As Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart try to rescue stalled talks, they are struggling to accommodate members of Congress and Iranian military and religious leaders.

Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as a Cease-Fire Appears Elusive

Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza continued Sunday, as did rocket fire into Israel, as Israeli leaders and Palestinian militants both appeared ready to continue and escalate the conflict.

From Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor

Brazil’s Dance With Defeat

If the soccer team’s collapse teaches us anything, it’s to remember: You can’t win before the game is played.

Op-Ed | Vali R. Nasr

Diplomacy Can Still Save Iraq

The country can be pulled back from the brink only if the U.S. can mediate a bargain among the warring sects.

Op-Ed Contributor

Who Will Stand Up for Hong Kong?

A special onus falls on Britain, whose flag some Hong Kongers waved during recent protests.

World Cup
Nation Games

In Qatar’s Bid for Soccer Respect, Big Bankroll and Imported Talent

The gulf nation began an ambitious program to identify and train talented boys from Africa as it sought to build its credibility as host of the 2022 World Cup.

On Soccer

As Glow of World Cup Fades, Issues Remain for FIFA

The 2014 World Cup was a runaway success, but significant issues like match-fixing, player safety and the Cup bidding process need to be confronted.

Lens Blog
Soccer in Brazil, and Outside the World’s Glare

Mauricio Lima went to remote villages, up the river and even to a prison, to document his countrymen’s passion for the sport, as well as their lives, during the World Cup.

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