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  • Heavy Price: Relatives mourn Maj. German Mendez, one of two Colombian police officers killed last month by rebels in the port town of Tumaco. Guerrillas pay $1,000 to anyone who kills a cop, police say. (REUTERS)

    U.S. helping Colombia quell Marxist guerrilla group

    This impoverished port town on the Pacific coast has become ground zero for the Colombian government's U.S.-funded efforts to quell a Marxist guerrilla rebellion and eradicate the drug trade, which serves as the group's main source of financing.

  • Venezuela cardinal calls for peace amid escalating violence

    Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas again urged peace amid increasing conflict in Venezuela, where at least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the past several weeks.

  • The Capitol in Washington is seen under an overcast sky at dawn, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.  The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation's history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Watchdogs defanged by government shutdown

    The government shutdown is inconveniencing a group whose job it is to inconvenience the government.

  • "We as a society have a fundamental choice of whether to cut back on [entitlements] or to raise taxes to pay for them. And so far, we've chosen to do very little of either," says Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf. (associated press)

    CBO says government finances will be in dire straits by 2038

    Federal taxes will go up, but spending will rise even faster over the next 25 years, leaving the national government in dire fiscal straits, according to projections the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Time

    BARR: The U.N. comes after America's guns

    The true scope of the anti-firearm crusade of the United Nations, which began more than a dozen years ago, finally is coming into clear focus, as the White House readies to sign the Arms Trade Treaty adopted with U.S. support this past April by the U.N. General Assembly

  • Tunisian women pray near the Zitouna mosque for the Eid al-Fitr prayer, Thursday, Aug.8, 2013, in Tunis. The prayer is taking place at the so-called "Departure Sit-in" on the Bardo square, where people demand the resignation of the ruling moderate islamic Ennahda Party. Tunisians ousted their longtime dictator in January 2011, touching off the Arab Spring uprisings. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisians quickly losing faith in their government: poll

    A new poll shows Tunisians are quickly losing confidence in their Islamist-led government, with support dropping from 56 percent in March 2012 to 32 percent in May of this year — a notable shift in a region beset by regime changes and unrest at the confluence of religious and democratic principles.

  • Legislators in sexual-assault cases under fire

    Indian lawmakers facing sexual-assault charges against women could be suspended from office if the country's top court rules in favor of a petition submitted following a gang-rape and murder that shocked the country.

  • Indian women carry placards and banners as they offer prayers for a gang rape victim, at Mahatma Gandhi memorial, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

    Indian court may suspend lawmakers facing crimes

    India's top court said Wednesday it will decide whether to suspend lawmakers facing sexual assault charges as thousands of women gathered at the memorial to independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi to demand stronger protection for their safety.

  • Embassy Row: No collapse in Nigeria

    Nigeria, a key U.S. oil supplier, is under severe threat from Islamic terrorists, but the democratic West African nation "is not going to collapse, implode or go away," said a top American diplomat who has served as ambassador to three African countries.

  • ** FILE ** German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norbert Roettgen, a candidate of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party, wave during a campaign rally in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, ahead of elections in the populous German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Merkel risks setback in German state vote

    Germany's most populous state is holding a legislative election Sunday, with polls showing good chances of victory for a center-left regional government that Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought to label as irresponsibly spendthrift.

  • A protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam Friday, April 20, 2012, during a demonstration against a government plan to stop foreigners from buying marijuana in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Dutch judge upholds ban on foreigners buying pot

    Long famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuchinos share the menu, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke.

  • Gergel

    Judge enjoins provisions of S.C. immigration law

    A federal judge Thursday blocked several provisions of South Carolina's tough new immigration law from taking effect New Year's Day, including a requirement for law officers to check the immigration status of people they pull over if they suspect they are in the country illegally.

  • An aerial view shows a boat crossing an area of the oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos in Rio de Janeiro.  (Associated Press)

    Chevron likely to be fined $28 million

    Brazil is expected to fine Chevron Corp. nearly $28 million for an ongoing offshore oil spill, Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary said Monday.

  • Yoweri Museveni (Associated Press)

    Uganda's power outages spark scrutiny, criticism

    For nearly a month now, large sections of this East African capital city have been plunged into darkness for 24-hour stretches, causing untold losses in retail, manufacturing and foreign investment.

  • Illustration: Obama's Constitution

    KNIGHT: Obama tears up the Constitution

    The Constitution of the United States, whose adoption we celebrate every Sept. 17, clearly lists the powers of each branch of the national government. Let's take a look at what Barack Obama, like any president, is empowered to do and see if it squares with his actions. In Article II, Section 1, he is sworn to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Section 2 names the president as commander in chief of the armed forces, grants him the power to make treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate and to appoint ambassadors, federal judges, Cabinet officials and other federal officers. Section 3 says the president "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

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