Political Issues

HADDONFIELD, N.J. - Gay Americans have arrived at a "teachable moment." Often feeling marginalized in political discourse or grousing that they're used as political pawns, they have the nation's attention - and sympathy - after a recent spate of teenage suicides and two apparent anti-gay attacks in the heart of their community.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopian officials on Wednesday released a top opposition leader who had been sentenced to life in prison after the government said she had violated a pardon agreement and sent her back to jail in late 2008.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul ambushed and killed the director of the city's crime lab Tuesday in the latest targeted killing of security officials and government workers around Iraq, police said.

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government announced Wednesday that it is investigating whether the relatives or close associates of high-ranking officials are receiving improper payments, kickbacks or bribes.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A former federal prosecutor running for Congress has dropped his claim that he had permission from the Justice Department to serve as a personal reference for a convicted felon seeking a casino license.
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