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Brazil and Ecuador come out against airstrikes in Syria

The South American governments are calling the air campaign against Islamist militants a violation of Syria’s sovereignty — even if Assad seems to be welcoming the help.... Read more»

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

As Arizona economy picks up, interest in AmeriCorps slows down

After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year.... Read more»

Az lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS

Members of the state’s congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan.... Read more»1

Rally to push deportation stay for woman in sanctuary at Tucson church

Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto rallied Thursday to urge immigration officials to change a decision to deny a her stay of deportation, holding a vigil in front of Tucson’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office.... Read more»1

Mexico's president hopes for a galactic legacy with this airport

Plans for a six-runway airport with a space-age design could leave Mexico’s president with a major legacy — or a major headache.... Read more»

Advocates on both sides take dim view of Obama’s immigration stance

As Congress returned from its August recess, advocates and Arizona lawmakers from both parties had harsh reactions to President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he would not take action on immigration reform by the end of summer as he had previously vowed.... Read more»

Az-based Taser sees stock boost since Ferguson shooting

Scottsdale-based Taser was one of several makers of body cameras whose stock rose in the wake of a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb. But Taser officials said the stock started rising well before Ferguson, when studies last year showed the cameras’ effectiveness.... Read more»

Adding up presidential vacation time

Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407.... Read more»1

Tourists swarm Mexican beaches after security image facelift

Mexico is receiving record foreign visitors thanks to efforts to change its security image. But Mexico still has more murders than the U.S., which has a much bigger population. And last year, Mexico reported the highest number of kidnappings on record, with 1,698 abductions, according to the police.... Read more»

Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne’s bid for reelection and ‘answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.’... Read more»5

Obama: 'World is appalled by the brutal murder' of James Foley

Speaking of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, kidnapped two years ago in Syria, President Obama said Wednesday said that “ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” “People like this ultimately fail. They fail, because the future is won by those who build and not destroy and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.”... Read more»

The bullet train that could change everything

For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world’s ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains.... Read more»

Analysis

How scared should Americans be of the Islamic State?

The United States is grappling with the risk level of the extremist militants retaliating as Obama inserts military might into Iraq.... Read more»

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