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Morning Brief: Congress Party Concedes as Votes are Counted in India

Congress Party Concedes as Votes are Counted in India India: With only a portion of the 550 million votes counted, the Indian National Congress, which has been dominant for most of the post-Independence era, conceded hat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi, had defeated it. Show More Summary

Thanks for the Great Foreign Coverage, Jill Abramson

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson didn't leave the paper on her own terms. In a reportedly awkward newsroom meeting on Wednesday -- from which Abramson was conspicuously absent -- the paper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger,...Show More Summary

Bye Bye Bluefin: Navy Drone Sub Yanked from Hunt for MH370

A 17-foot-long drone submarine the United States dispatched to help trawl the Indian Ocean for signs of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been pulled out of the hunt, at least temporarily, which means that the Pentagon no longer has any...Show More Summary

A Who's Who in the Executive Cell Block

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for accepting bribes to streamline the construction of a luxury apartment complex. When his incarceration begins in September, Olmert will be...Show More Summary

Morning Brief: Death Toll Climbs in Turkish Mine Disaster

Death Toll Climbs in Turkish Mine Disaster Top news: The death oll from Turkey's worst-ever mining accident climbed to 284 on Thursday, as trade unions announced a one-day strike to protest safety standards. Angry citizens continuedShow More Summary

The One Picture That Explains Egypt’s Political Divisions

Nine months ago, Egyptian security forces dispersed two major Islamist sit-ins in Cairo in a day of violence that left nearly 1,000 people dead and solidified the military's grip on power. Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi...Show More Summary

This Is the Greatest Get-Out-the-Vote Video Ever Made

He interrupts couples having sex and throws people into voting booths. He has a terrible mustache and even worse teeth. He is Voteman, and, for whatever reason, Danish parliamentary officials thought he was the perfect mascot for the country's get-out-the-vote campaign ahead of European parliamentary elections. Show More Summary

Morning Brief: More Than 200 Dead in Turkey Mine Disaster

More Than 200 Dead in Turkey Mine Disaster Top news: Rescue workers in Turkey are battling to reach miners trapped after an explosion at a power distribution unit set off a fire that has left at least 232 miners dead and many more trapped...Show More Summary

How Europe Became Ground Zero in the Battle for the ‘Right to be Forgotten’

In his 2013 novel, The Circle, Dave Eggers articulates a dystopian vision of a world without privacy. In the book, a Google-esque tech giant consolidates the personal information of the world's Internet users, using search history and video technology to record every keystroke, every concept, every breathing moment in the Digital Age. Show More Summary

Why Do Americans Fear Torture More than Chinese?

A decade has a passed since the American public first learned of the horrific abuses committed by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Shortly after that, major newspapers caught wind of the George W. Bush administration's...Show More Summary

The Delicate Art of Managing an Authoritarian Protest

Ever since China planted an oil rig in a disputed area of the South China Sea in early May, the leaders of Vietnam have been searching for leverage against their giant northern neighbor, who shows no signs of retreating. One sign that...Show More Summary

Morning Brief: EU Imposes New Sanctions Over Ukraine

EU Imposes New Sanctions Over Ukraine   Top News: Moscow said new European Union sanctions will undermine efforts to defuse the crisis in Ukraine. The EU announced sanctions on two Crimean companies and 13 people on Monday in response to Moscow's annexation of the peninsula in March. Show More Summary

Why This Austrian Drag Queen Is the New Bête Noire of Putin Cronies

Russia's leading politicians have a stark warning for Ukraine and it involves a bearded lady who just took home top honors in Europe's annual tribute to kitschy stage acts, Eurovision. Over the weekend, Conchita Wurst, an Austrian drag...Show More Summary

Morning Brief: Boko Haram Video Shows Kidnapped Girls

Boko Haram Video Shows Kidnapped Girls   Top News: A video released by the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram allegedly shows around 100 of the recently kidnapped girls from Nigeria. The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said the captives, who Boko Haram had previously admitted to abducting, would be held until all imprisoned militants were freed. Show More Summary

Selfie, Putin-Style: Tanks, Planes, and Nukes Mark Victory Day

Sixty-nine years have passed since the end of World War II, and on Friday Russia put on an incredible show to mark the occasion. In a deep-throated paean to military might, the country's armed forces paraded their hardware through the streets of Moscow. Show More Summary

Hagel to Congress: Stop Monkeying Around with My Budget

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is "not pleased" with House lawmakers who this week attempted to undo much of the Pentagon's efforts to tighten its own budgetary belt by restoring funding the Pentagon had proposed to cut from programsShow More Summary

Morning Brief: Tensions Run High as Russia Displays Military Strength

Tensions Run High as Russia Displays Military Strength Top News: Russia celebrated Victory Day today, commemorating the Soviet defeat of the Nazis in World War II. "This is a holiday when the overwhelming power of patriotism riumphs,...Show More Summary

House Republicans Might Have Found a Real Scandal -- And It's Not Benghazi

Think of it as the tale of two scandals. In the last week, Congress slapped a pair of Obama administration cabinet officials with subpoenas. The first was handed to Secretary of State John Kerry, ordering him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and testify about the 2012 attack on the U.S. Show More Summary

Obama Don't Take It Personally, North Korea Just Hates Black People

"In 1965, the Cuban ambassador to the DPRK, a black man, was squiring his wife and some Cuban doctors" around Pyongyang, the scholar of North Korea B.R. Myers wrote in his 2010 book The Cleanest Race. "Locals surrounded their car, pounding it and shouting racial epithets. Show More Summary

Morning Brief: Ukraine Separatists Defy Putin, Vow to Proceed With Independence Vote

Ukraine Separatists Defy Putin, Vow to Proceed With Independence Vote Top news: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Thursday that a referendum on independence will go ahead as planned, defying Russian President Vladimir Putin's public call for the vote to be postponed. Show More Summary

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