New battles rage near Aleppo between Syrian insurgents and Islamic State

Syrian rebels and U.S. officials charge that the Assad government and Islamic State militants are coordinating attacks against the rebels.

Niger meningitis epidemic has peaked with 545 dead, WHO says

The WHO had said that the epidemic was worrying and unprecedented because it was a strain not normally found in Africa.

Gunmen in northern Afghanistan kill 9 local aid workers

It was the worst attack on aid workers this year, in which there has already been an increase in such episodes.

World Briefs: Iran pressed to free U.S. detainees

Plus: Bombing rocks Nigeria; Hamas kills extremist; Vatican word awaited; and more.


FBI behind surveillance aircraft over U.S. cities

The FBI has a civilian air force of scores of low-flying planes over U.S. cities to conduct both video surveillance and cell phone tracking.

White House opens ‘superbug’ summit

A mainly closed-door White House meeting is seeking vendors for antibiotic-free meat and poultry to serve in government cafes it manages.



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Local Dispatch: The end of school days leaves a parent in a daze

Last child’s graduation from high school brings both sadness and potential.

Sharon Randall: Revisiting hometown is really rather personal

Remembering home is nice, and it’s even better being there.


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RMU poll finds tight GOP presidential field

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, talks to a throng of media personnel after addressing

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  Terri Klein, right, hugs Allegheny County Judge Eleanor L. Bush after being sworn in to fill the County Council District