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‘Kabul I love you’ brings Afghan woes to the big screen

KABUL — A decade after the fall of the cinema-hating Taliban, a group of Afghan directors have created a film love letter to their capital, rooted in the grim reality of everyday life in the war-torn city. Forced marriage, people smuggling, illegal land grabs, land mines and ethnic conflict —…

Drought will bring about higher food prices, U.S. warns

The US government acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that the drought now covering two-thirds of the country will lead to significantly higher food prices. The catastrophe in the corn belt, which has seen crops decimated by extreme heat and prolonged drought, will have ripple effects throughout the food…

Judge transfers custody of Michael Jackson’s children

LOS ANGELES — A US judge on Wednesday gave temporary guardianship of late singer Michael Jackson’s three children to his nephew TJ amid a bitter public dispute over the whereabouts of the family’s matriarch. Katherine Jackson, the late singer’s mother, had custody of Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket, but Judge…

North Koreans angered by Olympic flag blunder

GLASGOW — North Korea’s women’s football team refused to take the field for more than an hour Wednesday in protest at an embarrassing mix-up of their national flag on day one of the London Olympics. The team were incensed after Hampden Park’s giant screen showed images of North Korean players…

Senate votes against Bush tax cuts for the wealthy

WASHINGTON — The US Senate approved a Democratic plan Wednesday to extend expiring tax breaks for all but the wealthiest Americans, though the measure will not resolve the country’s looming fiscal impasse. Republicans want the Bush-era tax cuts extended for all, arguing that Congress should not raise taxes on anyone…

Fighter jet scrambled after plane enters Olympic no-fly zone

LONDON — Britain scrambled a Royal Air Force Typhoon jet on Wednesday after a commercial airliner entered restricted airspace put in place for the London Olympics, the Ministry of Defence said. The RAF jet was launched after air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. But contact was soon re-established…

Romney jets in for London Olympics

LONDON — US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrived in Britain on Wednesday for a three-day trip which will take in the London Olympic Games opening ceremony and a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron. Republican governor Romney and his wife Ann arrived early Wednesday, his press officer confirmed, as final…

U.S. slams deteriorating human rights in China

WASHINGTON — US officials and lawmakers took aim at China Wednesday, saying human rights were deteriorating in the communist-run nation as Chinese leaders move to quash even the slightest sign of dissent. “The overall situation of human rights in China continues to deteriorate,” said Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state…

Theater shooter James Holmes sent warning package to psychiatrist: report

AURORA, Colorado — Alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes reportedly sent a warning package to a psychiatrist at his former university more than a week before massacring people at a cinema. The parcel appeared to have arrived at the University of Colorado on July 12 but sat opened until after the…

Scotland will legalize same sex marriage

Scotland plans to bring forward legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, making it the first part of the UK to do so, the government announced on Wednesday. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the decision as “the right thing to do”, saying the government was “committed to a Scotland that…

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