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US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

A US-backed Syrian force says it has liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared caliphate.

Rare, leaked report reveals Cardinal O’Malley was a top vote-getter in last papal election

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, was one of the top four vote-getters in the 2013 papal election where Pope Francis was elected.

Trump reverses sanctions on North Korea one day after US imposes them

President Donald Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago.

Truck driver in crash that devastated a hockey team is sentenced to 8 years

The defendant, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, drove a tractor-trailer laden with peat moss at about 60 mph past five signs warning him to stop before the truck collided with a bus carrying the team.

Mourners walk silently to honor Utrecht shooting victims

The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in Utrecht confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday, hours before mourners walked in silence through the central Dutch city to honor the victims.

Indonesian airline wants to cancel Boeing order after crash

In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer’s 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes within five months.

Opinion & Ideas


//[1].jpg A bicycle safety measure that should be law

One of the most crucial fixes for bicycle safety is a device for trucks that should be mandatory.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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