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World leaders sing praises of Fidel Castro in Cuba

HAVANA—Political leaders and other dignitaries from around the world joined Cuban mourners on Tuesday night in the packed Plaza of the Revolution—the site of so many fiery orations by Fidel Castro—to pay their last respects to the former Cuban leader in a service called “Song to Fidel”.

Could caffeine help prevent dementia?

MILWAUKEE—A new study suggests a significant relationship between caffeine and dementia prevention, though it stops short of establishing cause and effect. The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, found higher caffeine intake in women age 65 and older was associated with reduced odds of developing dementia or cognitive impairment.

Kaine, Pence on religion: Faith, hope and sincerity

WHEN one reviews the charges and countercharges that have characterized the 2016 presidential election campaign, one topic that’s been left on the fringes is faith. That changed on Tuesday night, as two candidates, whose faith is central to their political philosophies, took to the debate stage.

Russia, Syria should face war-crimes probe–Kerry

WASHINGTON—Acrimony between Washington and Moscow heated up even further on Friday as Secretary of State John F. Kerry called for Russia to be investigated for war crimes because of its bombardment of civilians in Syria and the Obama administration publicly accused Vladimir Putin’s government of computer hacking that was “intended to interfere with the US election.”

Colombia’s long war and its squandered pact for peace

The hard part was supposed to be over. After a half century of war, and after four years of grinding negotiations, the Colombian government and leaders of the country’s insurgency reached an accord in August to end a conflict in which more than 220,000 people were killed and 6 million displaced. The world watched September 26 as President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), signed the agreement, hailed as a blueprint for resolving war through dialogue and compromise.

The nuclear question

A growing chorus of politicians and national-security experts have questioned whether it would be safe to have Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button. But are they asking the right question?

State of emergency declared in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina— Protests turned violent for a second night in Charlotte after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man. Late on Wednesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for the city and deployed the National Guard and State Highway Patrol troopers to assist local police.

After Olympics, global security experts live on

WITH the cauldron at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro extinguished, fans and critics alike are revisiting the perennial Olympic question: To whom is this enormously oversized effort to host the games really worth it? One beneficiary that was prominently featured in Rio is the world of global security and surveillance.

Young people drives India diamond jewelery sales

MUMBAI—Young Indians, under the age of 35 also popularly known as millennials, have emerged as one of the most important consumer segments buying diamond jewelery in India, accounting for close to half of the sectors overall revenues showing that the sparkling stone has not lost its sheen among the youth, who are also known to spend a lot more on everything from fancy gadgets to vacations.

Obama struggles to make a deal with Russia on Syria

HANGZHAO, China—President Barack Obama’s emissaries spent much of Sunday talking with Russian officials here about how to quell the violence in Syria, but the president all but shrugged his shoulders when asked about the prospects of a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton backs Internet neutrality

WASHINGTON—When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve Net neutrality rules last year, many people saw it as a done deal. Supporters cheered the decision as a victory for the free and open Internet, where the deep pockets of big companies couldn’t buy faster web speeds over struggling start-ups.

Islamic State diminished by attacks

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon and US intelligence agencies now view Islamic State (IS) as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.

‘Senate won’t vote on TPP this year’

WASHINGTON—The Senate will not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this year because of “serious flaws” in the agreement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a farm group, effectively ending President Barack Obama’s drive for congressional approval before he leaves office in January.

Trump belatedly endorses Paul Ryan

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin—With no prominent Wisconsin Republicans on hand, GOP nominee Donald Trump limped into Wisconsin on Friday and belatedly endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan and 2008 nominee Sen. John McCain, trying to heal the wounds of a rough week of party infighting.
“I fully support and endorse Paul Ryan,” Trump said on Friday, prompting both cheers and boos from about 2,000 supporters here.
The real-estate mogul has seen his poll numbers plummet this week as he feuded with the family of a fallen soldier and with Ryan, the most popular politician of his party in this potential battleground state.
The difficult week for Trump has overshadowed potentially damaging news for Democrats and his rival Hillary Clinton, such as recent revelations about how the United States delivered $400 million to Iran as part of a nuclear detente deal. After pointedly declining to do so earlier this week and being drubbed by Wisconsin Republicans, Trump endorsed Ryan as the Janesville Republican goes into a primary on Tuesday with businessman Paul Nehlen. Such an endorsement, though a small win for Ryan, might come too late to fully undo the damage in Wisconsin.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, wrote in a column on Friday morning on the web site Right Wisconsin that he was “heartbroken” to see Trump praising Nehlen and withholding support from Ryan.

‘A sense of panic rising’ in GOP over Trump

WASHINGTON—Donald Trump’s relations with the Republican Party—and his political fortunes—worsened dramatically on Wednesday, as party leaders fretted openly about the inability of his campaign staff to control him and even began to discuss what to do if their unpredictable nominee suddenly quit the race.

US: 64 to 116 civilians killed by drones

WASHINGTON—After escalating one of the most lethal covert operations in United States history, President Barack Obama finally made a public estimate of the civilian cost of the nation’s secret drone program, which has targeted Islamic militants in remote corners of the globe. Human-rights groups immediately challenged the estimate and the amount of transparency from the administration, saying both were too limited.

Philadelphia first big city to OK soda tax

PHILADELPHIA—Looking to raise millions for a bold expansion of early-childhood education, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday approved a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages, the first such tax imposed in a major US city.

Father’s Day: Forget the card, give dad a sandwich

THE only handheld device dad needs this year for Father’s Day: a hulking sandwich filled with grilled pork chops, chicken thighs, soft-shell crab or garlic-slathered zucchini. These breadwinners, dreamed up by our food writers, let you bust out the backyard tongs without defaulting to steak and potatoes. Pair them with beer, and pops is going to wonder how he raised such an amazing kid.