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Buenos Aires, city of tango and psychoanalysis

Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital known for its tango bars, has another claim to fame: it may well be the world’s capital of psychoanalysis. For every 120 inhabitants in this bustling metropolis, a psychologist is on hand to help struggling individuals make it through tough times — or simply lend…

John Lennon’s killer up for parole for seventh time

Mark David Chapman, the disturbed man who shot dead Beatles frontman John Lennon, is up for parole for the seventh time, with a decision expected later this week, prison officials said Sunday. The hearing is set to begin on Tuesday and will last two to three days, New York State…

New Zealand considering early departure from Afghan War

WELLINGTON — New Zealand revealed Monday it was considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after three of its soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on their convoy in Bamiyan province. Prime Minister John Key insisted the plan to pull out early was not linked to the attack, which…

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff flies to Afghanistan for talks

By Daniel De Luce (AFP) – 3 hours ago BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The top US military officer Martin Dempsey flew to Afghanistan Sunday for talks with senior commanders, as this year’s toll from insider attacks by Afghans on coalition troops reached 40. In the latest incident an Afghan in police…

Eurozone crisis puts Germany’s Merkel in ‘precarious position’

The eurozone crisis returns with a vengeance this week after a brief respite for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, kicking off an election campaign year she has said will turn on the single currency. Merkel, who has just resumed work with a visit to Canada after a break in the mountains…

Somalis attempt to install first stable central government in 21 years

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s newly appointed legislature will elect the country’s next president Monday, in a fresh bid to end two decades of unstable central government in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation. The election of the new president would complete a complex process set in motion through a UN-backed agreement…

Pussy Riot protesters arrested in France under anti-niqab law

Several people protesting peacefully in Marseille against the trial of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were detained by police for wearing balaclavas, under France’s controversial law that bans Muslim niqabs and all face-coverings from public places. About 30 demonstrators gathered outside the Russian consulate in the southern French city…

Vatican newspaper makes bald Barbie appeal

The Vatican’s official daily newspaper has appealed to the makers of the Barbie doll to put a bald version of the doll on toy shop shelves for children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy or illness. Mattel has already launched a bald Barbie shorn of her cascading blonde locks,…

How nonprofits spend millions on elections and call it public welfare

Matt Brooks describes the mission of the Republican Jewish Coalition as educating the Jewish community about critical domestic and foreign policy issues. But the well-dressed crowd that gathered in May for a luncheon on the 24th floor of a New York law firm easily could have figured that the group…

Jerusalem police arrest suspects in anti-Arab attack

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem police on Sunday arrested three Jewish teens suspected of a brutal hate attack on young Palestinians, and magistrates remanded in custody another suspect detained a day ago. “Altogether four people have been arrested,’ police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “The latest three people to be arrested are…

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