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Honduran special forces struggling to keep children from fleeing to U.S.

Clad in flak jackets and bearing automatic rifles and side arms, elite forces are scouring the ragged countryside that straddles this border between Honduras and Guatemala. The officers are used to fighting heavily armed drug cartels and murderous “mara” street gangs. But now they have a new mission: trying to stop the flow of children who are fleeing to the U.S. by the thousands.... Read more»1

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News analysis

Petraeus' legacy is on line at defining moment

Afghanistan’s “fighting season” is about to begin. As troops are bolstered in the region, Gen. Petraeus’ expected final days in the field could reflect a turning point in the 10-year-conflict.... Read more»

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announce unity deal

Rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, announced Wednesday in a surprise move that they have reached an agreement to reunite their governments after years of fighting, arrests and vicious attacks. The factions said they will create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year.... Read more»

Commentary

British royal wedding: Who wins the Crown of Shame?

The media might have gotten carried away with royal wedding news. The royal reporting awards honor the madness of the race for ratings and readers.... Read more»

Apple: Big Brother no more?

Apple says it’s not tracking you on your iPhone or iPad. “Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so,” the company said on its website Wednesday.... Read more»

Border reservation a smuggler's playground

Until now, the U.S. has focused most of its security efforts on its border with Mexico. But its porous northern frontier is set to come under greater scrutiny following recent warnings of terrorist threats. Organized crime uses the highly porous Mohawk reservation as a conduit for illicit cargo, including cigarettes and firearms.... Read more»

Ann Coulter: Let's fight wars for oil

How might the Tea Party use the world’s most powerful army? Author Ann Coulter provided some clues in a speech last week.... Read more»

Afghanistan’s great escape

More than 470 Taliban detainees broke out of Kandahar’s toughest prison, and nobody noticed. (with video)... Read more»

Reporter detained in Libya allowed to call home

GlobalPost correspondent James Foley called his mother at her home in New Hampshire on Saturday in the first contact he has been allowed to make since forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi first detained him on April 5.... Read more»

British royal wedding: A match three decades in the making

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is what royal matchmakers had in mind when they introduced Charles to Diana.... Read more»

Price of coffee hits 34-year high

Coffee prices have topped $3 a pound for the first time in more than 34 years. A drop in supplies of high-grade arabica coffee beans and a growing taste for upmarket coffee among the middle classes of China, Brazil, Indonesia and India are blamed for the sharp rise.... Read more»

Canada's dope laws going up in smoke?

Pot lovers are dreaming of July 10, the day Canada’s dope laws go up in smoke. An Ontario judge has struck down key aspects of the country’s marijuana laws, triggering a 90-day countdown when growing, possessing or smoking pot will become legal.... Read more»

Happy birthday, Mr. Lenin

Russians mark the 141st anniversary of Lenin’s birth.... Read more»

Researchers: Non-surgical penis enlargement possible

Some non-surgical methods for increasing the length of the male penis do in fact work, a review of medical literature has shown.... Read more»

Wanderlust: Inside Moscow's hottest clubs

The mid-winter frost on the velvet ropes at Imperia Lounge starts melting around 1 a.m. The line heats up when a shiny black Maybach pulls up in front of the bouncers. Want to gain entry, superstar? You need to get past “Face Control” first.... Read more»

Peru's national anthem: A colossal bummer?

Critics contend “The Star-Spangled Banner” is hard to sing, glorifies war and is set to the music of an English drinking song. But that’s nitpicking compared to the problems with Peru’s dirge-like national anthem which invokes slavery, humiliation and horror — all in the first stanza.... Read more»

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