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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered four days of air combat readiness testing on Monday, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months.Carol J. Williams
Charter Communications is near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable for about $195 a share -- furthering its quest to build one of the nation's largest cable TV and Internet service companies.Meg James
Afghan government representatives said at the meeting that it was ready to make an effort to build trust, if the Taliban agreed to peace negotiations.EDWARD WONG and MUJIB MASHAL
Anne Meara, who became famous as half of one of the most successful male-female comedy teams of all time and went on to enjoy a long and diverse career as an actress and, late in life, a playwright, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85.PETER KEEPNEWS
In a brief summer drilling season off Alaska's Arctic shore, Shell Oil Co.'s Ann Pickard is on the hunt for a giant oil field, and she thinks she knows where to find it.Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick
A spokesman for the activists said they are protesting Shell's plan for Arctic drilling by chaining themselves to a support ship for the project.Associated Press
The trial of the white officer, Michael Brelo, who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired repeatedly at its unarmed black occupants, played out amid questions about how the police interact with African-Americans.MITCH SMITH and ASHLEY SOUTHALL
Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.Rebecca Santana
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of El Salvador’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the beatification of Óscar Romero, a Roman Catholic archbishop who walked with his people in their poverty.ELISABETH MALKIN
Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the LGBTQ rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.DANNY HAKIM and DOUGLAS DALBY
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