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Editorials in English-language media are casting blame on everyone from the prime minister to opposition firebrand Imran Khan to Army leaders. Across the border, Indian media are urging a further crackdown on the Taliban.

Michael Holtz
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil giant BP had to cut its worldwide portfolio significantly by selling off $43 billion in assets. Now, unexpectedly, the company finds itself in a more favorable position to weather a bear oil market than some competitors.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
A year ago, Bradley Stone had agreed to give up his guns. Last week, he had persuaded a Veterans Affairs psychologist he was neither suicidal nor homicidal. On Wednesday, the onetime Marine had officials perplexed about how he died.Chris Palmer
Employers have been hiring at a faster clip. The official unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent of the labor force five years ago to 5.8 percent today. Households have lightened their debt loads. And now a plunge in oil prices is acting like a holiday gift for consumers.Mark Trumbull
Mark Oberholtzer's Ford pickup truck is now being used on the front lines of Syria. The path from Texas to Syria may have been shorter than some speculate.Lindsay Ellis
The trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is slated to take place some three miles away from the finish line of the race. The final hearing before the trial is scheduled for Thursday.Henry Gass
Jeb Bush’s announcement that he would “actively explore” a 2016 presidential run has been met with healthy skepticism, in no small part because he has staked out positions at odds with the Republican Party’s conservative base.Nate Cohn
The normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of enmity would leave only North Korea on America’s Cold War blacklist, and only Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that are regarded by the U.S. government as pariah states that sponsor terrorism.Rick Gladstone
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the disputed method of natural gas extraction.THOMAS KAPLAN and JESSE McKINLEY