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US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in Syria NFL playoff picture: Texans jump Pats in Week 15, Eagles (barely) alive

US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area they still hold.


If the regular season ended right now, here's how the top six would look in each conference, plus clinching scenarios.
Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police Say Foles sparks Eagles' biggest upset since 1995

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police SayTwo beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a


No Carson Wentz, no problem, as Nick Foles again stepped in, this time leading the Eagles to a 30-23 upset of the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank Links Raps' Nurse rips refs: Kawhi no-calls 'ridiculous'

Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank LinksRepresentative Adam Schiff of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. Schiff’s comments came three days after Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and fellow Senate Democrat Chris Van Hollen called for a Banking Committee investigation of Deutsche Bank’s compliance with U.S. money-laundering regulations.


Raptors coach Nick Nurse directed his ire at officials after Sunday's loss to the Nuggets for not calling fouls made against star Kawhi Leonard.
Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UK Tomlin backs Boswell after FG helps seal victory

Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UKStorm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.


Steelers kicker Chris Boswell, making 61.1 percent on his field goals on the season, seems nevertheless to have the backing of coach Mike Tomlin after helping seal a 17-10 win over the Patriots with a 48-yarder in the final minutes.
Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria Beasley attends Lakers game with ailing mother

Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips SyriaAl-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - After washing up her family's dishes over a plastic basin, 11-year-old Cedra sits on the floor of the dank basement in Syria to tackle her day's studies. A dark staircase leads from a street in the town of Al-Bab to the gloomy space the young girl, her blind father and some 40 other families have the misfortune of calling home. "There's a single room which we use as a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom," said Cedra.


Michael Beasley, who has missed a week while spending time with his ailing mother, was in the area as the Lakers' four-game road trip rolled through Washington and sat on the bench with the team in the second half.


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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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