- WaPo to readers: Send us your ‘gun violence’ stories for Sandy Hook anniversary
- U.S. threatens Ukraine with sanctions over dispatch of riot police
- Canada doing away with door-to-door mail delivery by 2018
- NSA chief defends phone spying: ‘There is no other way’
- Hawaii Health Department head killed in plane crash
- Colorado school drops sexual harassment label on boy who kissed girl’s hand
- Australia court strikes down 5-day-old, gay-marriage law
- Fake interpreter at Mandela service: ‘Sorry,’ I have schizophrenia
- George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute
- Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal
Question of the Day
Americans warned to avoid march
LA PAZ — The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia yesterday warned Americans not to attend a military parade to be hosted by President Evo Morales in the eastern city of Santa Cruz for fear of violence.
Thousands of Bolivian soldiers will march with indigenous groups in today's Armed Forces Day celebration in Santa Cruz, a hotbed of anti-government sentiment.
Leaders in the lowland city are demanding greater autonomy from Mr. Morales' government and see the parade as an unwelcome display of force by the populist president.
The move to Santa Cruz highlights the stark divide between the poorer indigenous population in the western highlands and the mestizo and European-descended residents of the more prosperous eastern flats.
Talks with U.S. 'frank and serious'
BAGHDAD — The United States and Iran held "frank and serious" talks on security issues in Iraq yesterday, more than two weeks after a rare meeting between the ambassadors of the two countries.
Washington has accused Tehran of fueling the violence by arming and training Shi'ite extremists, but it agreed during the July 24 ambassadorial talks to set up a security subcommittee to carry forward talks on restoring stability in Iraq.
Rebel leader named as prime minister
DILI — Independence hero Xanana Gusmao was named East Timor's new prime minister yesterday, triggering fresh violence in the capital a year after bloody street battles led to the collapse of the government.
Despite hopes that the appointment would end months of political tension, the country's largest party immediately slammed the decision as illegal. Youths in Dili set up barricades of burning tires and set a tax office on fire, witnesses said.
Darfur rebels signal willingness to talk
ARUSHA — Almost all of Darfur's splintered rebel factions have agreed to hold peace talks with the Sudanese government within three months, U.N. and African Union officials said yesterday.
After four days of meetings, the rebel factions reached a "common platform" for talks with the government on issues such as power- and wealth-sharing, security, land and humanitarian issues, said the AU envoy to Darfur, Salim Ahmed Salim, and the United Nations' special envoy to Darfur, Jan Eliasson, in a statement released after the meeting.
Journalists arrested for public protest
BEIJING — Police detained journalists at a rare protest yesterday in Beijing, staged by a free-press advocacy group that accuses the government of failing to meet promises for greater media freedom one year ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.
The detentions, which came during a visit to China by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, followed the unfurling of posters depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs by members of Reporters Without Borders on a pedestrian bridge outside the headquarters of the Beijing Olympics planning committee.
Bad cops to wear pink badge of shame
BANGKOK — Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot-pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty," the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said yesterday.
Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area or arriving late will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan.
From wire dispatches and staff reports
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Teen thugs in D.C. run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
- MALCOLM/REIMER: Over-criminalization undermines respect for legal system
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- Study IDs reasons for late-term abortions
- DIVEST! Oil is the new apartheid on college campuses
- Colorado school drops sexual harassment label on boy who kissed girl's hand
- MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.s gun registration, files for summary judgment in Heller II
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
Buzz on Bees is a column promoting the love and life of God’s greatest pollinators on earth: The Honeybee
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow