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Sinosphere Blog: Beijing Police Say Uniform Vendor Instigated Veterans0 Protests

The announcement of the arrest set off discussion that the move was intended to tamp down discontent over valid complaints.

Scotland Residents Head to the Polls for Independence Vote

People casting their votes at a polling station in Edinburgh on Thursday morning.

Sinosphere Blog: Trying to Turn China0s Vacations Into Real Holidays

Tourists make their way through the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing on June 1, during the three-day national holiday for the Dragon Boat Festival.

In Brutal Year, 7th Journalist Is Killed in Afghanistan

The stabbing of Palwasha Tokhi adds to a toll that was already the deadliest for the news media in the country since the fall of the Taliban.

World Briefing: Fiji: Strongman Leading in Election Count

Fiji0s military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory after the nation voted in a landmark election on Wednesday.

World Briefing: Australia: Sweeping Raids Seek People Planning Terrorist Attacks

More than 800 heavily armed Australian police officers conducted antiterrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane early on Thursday, and at least 15 people were detained, the police said.

Sicilian Town on Migrants0 Route Cares for the Living and the Dead

Italy has staggered its way through a skyrocketing migration crisis in the Mediterranean that has seen roughly 120,000 migrants rescued by Italian ships this year, while nearly 2,800 have died in shipwrecks or in transit.

Obama Promises Again Not to Send Ground Troops to Fight Militants

President Obama on Wednesday told soldiers at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., that they would not be sent into combat against Islamic militants in Iraq.

News Analysis: A Host of Possible Objections to Expanded Airstrikes in Syria

Airstrikes on Iraq were a fairly easy sell, but airstrikes on the group in Syria present a dilemma: how to support such military action while obeying international law.

Unrest by Palestinians Surges in a Jerusalem Neighborhood

Palestinians hurled stones during clashes with the Israeli police in East Jerusalem on Sept. 7, part of an increase in violence there.

World Briefing: Thailand: No DNA Matches Found in Tourists0 Killings

The police said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who had been in the area.

World Briefing: Nigeria: Gunmen Strike College, Killing at Least 15

Gunmen stormed a college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, the police said.

World Briefing: Slovenia: Japan Seeks to Resume Whale Hunting

Japan sought international backing on Wednesday for its plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top United Nations court.

U.N. Leader Plans Stronger Presence in Ebola Zone

A burial team on Wednesday collected the body of a person who was thought to have died from Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia.

House Votes to Authorize Aid to Syrian Rebels in ISIS Fight

Free Syrian Army rebels in a trench dug near a checkpoint on Sept. 12. The House authorized training and arming the rebels to fight the Islamic State.

Nijmegen Journal: A Dutch Town Honors U.S. Soldiers0 Wartime Bravery at Germany0s Edge

De Oversteek, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, memorializes a bold World War II crossing.

Rob Ford to Be Treated for Unusual Cancer

The Toronto mayor will soon undergo chemotherapy for treatment of two unusual, malignant tumors, a physician said.

World Briefing: Bangladesh: Islamist Leader0s Death Penalty Dropped

Bangladesh0s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader on Wednesday who was convicted last year of war crimes during the nation0s 1971 war for independence.

World Briefing: Venezuela: Move to Revoke Actress0s Citizenship

Obama Faulted in Terror Fight, New Poll Finds

With Americans0 fears about a terrorist attack on the rise, a New York Times/CBS News poll finds the public is questioning President Obama0s strategy for combating the militant organization calling itself the Islamic State.

Sinosphere Blog: Lawsuit Aims to Put an End to 0Gay Conversion Therapy0 in China

China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997 and declassified it as a mental illness in 2001, but clinics promising to 0convert0 gay people abound in a country where pressure to join the heterosexual mainstream is high.

Bad Vaccine Kills Dozens of Children Inside Syria

Volunteer medical organizations said the vaccine afflicted dozens of children in insurgent-held areas of Idlib Province.

Scottish Vote Weighs Pride Against Risk

While Scots have been warned repeatedly about the dire consequences of voting for independence from the United Kingdom, half 0 more or less 0 are expected to do so anyway.

In Scotland, Avid Activists Fuel 0Yes0 Campaign for Independence

Supporters of the "yes" campaign gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday.

Letter From India: Mumbai Rail System Pits Cool vs. the Crowds

Commuters ride atop an overcrowded train in Mumbai last year.

Op-Ed Contributor: Alan Cumming on Scotland0s Vote for Independence

Alan Cumming campaigned for Scottish independence in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sept. 8.

Syrian Forces Are Seen Stepping Up Attacks on Rebels as U.S. Sets Sights on ISIS

Fighters who oppose the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State are being pummeled by a new wave of attacks and assassination attempts.

Lens Blog: Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money

Newsha Tavakolian returned a 50,000-euro prize rather than see her work about contemporary Iran be controlled 0 distorted, she says 0 by the financier whose foundation selected her.

Obama Insists U.S. Will Not Get Drawn Into Ground War in Iraq

President Obama met with his top military commanders at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

Vladimir P. Evtushenkov Is Accused of Laundering Money

Vladimir P. Yevtushenkov

Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti Goes on Trial in China on Separatist Charges

Ilham Tohti, a scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, at his home in Beijing in February 2013.

With Much at Stake, Chinese Leader Visits India

President Xi Jinping of China, center, near the riverfront in Ahmedabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second from left.

U.S. Army Chief Says Ground Troops Will Be Needed Against ISIS

Gen. Ray Odierno, now the Army chief of staff, at a memorial for veterans last year.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Is Egypt Doomed to Autocracy?

Those who say Muslim Arab society is not ready for democracy should recall Europe's 20th-century dictatorships.

Op-Ed Contributor: Britain0s Sclerotic Politics

The Conservatives promised reform but didn't deliver. Britain needs democratic reform from the ground up.

At War Blog: A Sister, and Brother, in Arms

Teresa Fazio receiving her Marine Corps commission in 2002, with her two brothers, Chris on the left and Mike on the right. 0

At War Blog: Writing as a Soldier and a Civilian

A soldier takes time out of uniform to pursue an M.F.A. in writing, and discovers that what sets him apart, as a veteran at the keyboard, is not as important as the common ground he shares with other writers.

Lens Blog: A Witness to AIDS in South Africa

A female patient in her bed at the Sparrow Ministries' Rainbow Village. Dec. 20, 2002.