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Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

6 minutes agoNews : Reuters: World News

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.

Arizona and Higher Ed

Terrific article. The grim conclusion about this totally proactive new paradigm: Ultimately, Arizona shows two ways that universities can respond to government defunding. They can become country clubs, or they can become “knowledge enterprises” that rely on the Internet to deliver education to enormous, geographically diffuse student bodies. Show More Summary

Superpowers scramble for the South China Sea

The US government appears to be preparing the American public for a tougher line on China in the South China Sea.

UN talks on Yemen conflict 'postponed'

Exiled government says it will not attend Thursday's summit in Geneva unless Houthis withdraw from captured territory.

Chinese Officials Visit Prisons as Part of Corruption Awareness Program

The Chinese government has organized prison visits for officials, as well as their spouses, to raise awareness of corruption in the country.

Hezbollah leader says extremists are "existential threat"

The militant group vows to increase its involvement in support of Syria's government forces as its civil war continues

China officials taken on prison visits in warning against corruption

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have taken government officials and members of their families on tours of prisons as a "warning" against corruption, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Monday, citing the country's top disciplinary body.

The West and ISIS

By Jim Wight Far from the boasts made by the US, British, and French governments that IS would be destroyed, they have been unable to even contain the extremist jihadi group as it marches from city to city and town to town in Syria and Iraq, seemingly without constraint, sowing chaos and carnage in the...

After 60 years, government ends service that put flowers on GI’s graves

Polly Elliott continued to write her husband, Frank, weeks after he had been killed on D-Day.Five times in June, she wrote, unaware that he had died on Omaha Beach on the first day of the World War II invasion of Nazi-occupied France.Read full article >>

How APIs and Mashups Could Replace Patient Portals

The Health IT ecosystem is being driven toward an incentive-driven model through the implementation of Meaningful Use as the government standard for using Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Brunch Hate Reads: Times Columnist Demands Cabbies Drive "Like Vin Diesel"

This weekend in Brunch Hate Reads, the NY Weekend Times has a business column that calls for two seemingly reasonable behavior changes from New York cabbies and the people who govern them: hacks should get off their cellphones and taxi...Show More Summary

Cathay Pacific Cabin Crew to Strike in August

Pending salary negotiations, Cathay Pacific cabin crew may go on strike this August…which just happens to be the busiest time for the airline. Cathay is asking the government to step in to mediate the dispute while maintaining communications with the union. Show More Summary

West Allied with Islamists in Syria, Helped Create ISIS

A declassified secret U.S. government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. Show More Summary

The U.S. Navy’s brutal new war on the Arctic

This fishing season, the government plans to detonate thousands of pounds of toxic munitions in the Gulf of Alaska

This start-up is helping the government keep track of social media

When Anil Chawla built a start-up that uses software to archive social media posts, he never imagined that his biggest clients would be government agencies. Chawla, a former IBM engineer, founded ArchiveSocial in 2011 to design an efficient way to store and search social media content. Show More Summary

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “[R]elying on the federal government for your balancing your budget is really, I think, a fool’s bet.” 2. “Iran wants the money… they want it for more terror.” 3. “The people in Cleveland protest, and they ought to protest, that’s their right. But violence has been kept to an absolute minimum […]

Rand Paul Using Holiday Break to Stir Opposition to Patriot Act Provisions

With key provisions of the Patriot Act in limbo, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky hopes to use the weeklong congressional break to stir grassroots opposition to government collection of Americans' phone data—and to continue ginning up support for his Republican presidential bid.

Libyan Warplanes Attack Oil Tanker Off Coast

11 hours agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker off the coast near the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding two people, officials said. The post Libyan Warplanes Attack Oil Tanker Off Coast appeared first on gCaptain.

Fed Balance Sheet Review – Treasury Deposits Started Shrinking Last Week

The Treasury’s balance at the Fed has begun to decline from the record level it reached in early May as tax payments due on April 15 continued to be processed. The government is now spending the massive tax windfall. With tax demands now lower, the government’s spending should give the economic data a little bump…

BCCI considers contract system for India Women's team

12 hours agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

Almost a decade after taking over governance of women's cricket in India, the BCCI has proposed to introduce annual retainers for members of the national women's team

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