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Op-Ed: Afghan election results not determined by voters

Kabul - Those in the west — including the US who keep the Afghan government functioning through their aid — are much relieved that a president has finally been chosen and the loser has become the "chief executive" of what will be a national unity government.

Op-Ed: When Obamacare stops treatment for cancer patients

Jeffrey Rusch, a man from California, had 20 tumors in his brain, a large tumor in his lung and several others in his liver and bones. He started to receive treatment, only to later receive a notice his treatments weren't covered under Obamacare.

Weirton, WV moving forward with plans to open new detox center

The Weirton Board of Zoning Appeals gave details on its plan to open a new detox center this past Tuesday night, with residents out in impressive numbers to the Wilsap Community Center to hear the Board speak.

North Dakota extends lowest state unemployment rate to 69 months

Bismarck - While the nation struggles with unemployment, and small new job numbers, one state stands alone in job growth. For more than five years, North Dakota has lead the nation with the lowest rate of unemployment.

Op-Ed: Troubles continue in Libya as clashes threaten oil production

Sabha - Libya's troubles are increasing as conflict has taken place in the south west of the country and clashes have shut down the El Shalala oil field that supplies the Zawiya refinery that in turn supplies the capital Tripoli with gasoline.

Op-Ed: The Secret Service needs to get its A-game back

Washington D.c. - An intruder actually makes it inside the White House. After a tough past year that has included sex scandals and public drunkenness, the vaunted U.S. Secret Service faces yet another PR black eye. It's time for the USSS to get its A-game back.

Op-Ed: $117,000 'drive-by doctor' bill calls for universal health care

The complexities of medical billing can be confusing and infuriating, but a case from New York reveals the dangerous, and growing, trend of "drive-by doctoring." Doctors who consult on procedures, without the knowledge of the patient, can charge big fees.

Op-Ed: Michelle Obama believes in 'change and hope' stronger than before

Washington - Michelle Obama addressed the DNC Women’s Leadership Fund conference in Washington D.C., summarily dismissed naysayers of her husband's 2008 message of "change and hope." The speech was the most vigorous defense to date of President Obama's achievements.

Scottish Referendum: 'No' voters were 'tricked' says Alex Salmond

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said voters that rejected independence for Scotland were "tricked" by a late promise of greater powers.

Sam Wang predicts 93% probability Democrats retain Senate control

New York - Sam Wang is a political unknown who dabbles in election forecasting. A professor of neuroscience at Princeton by day, Wang is considered by election forecasters an "outlier," being the only forecaster predicting the Democrats will hold the U.S. Senate.

President Obama signs $1 trillion stopgap spending bill

Washington - On Friday, September 19, President Obama signed a $1 trillion spending bill that includes funding for his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria.

Rival Afghan candidates reportedly reach deal

Kabul - Rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani were said to be close to a power-sharing agreement back on Tuesday Sept. 16 but talks stalled in part because the two could not agree when the results of final vote audit should be released.

Libyan parliament rejects prime minister's proposed cabinet

Tripoli - Libya's new parliament elected in June and based in the eastern city of Tobruk has added to the political turmoil by rejecting the 16 minister cabinet proposed by acting prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

Op-Ed: Boehner ridicules unemployed who 'Don’t think they have to work'

Washington - House Speaker John Boehner is picking up where Mitt Romney left off — Boehner is echoing Romney’s infamous claim that 47 percent of Americans are “takers.” Boehner laments unemployed "just sit around," opting instead for benefits in lieu of work.

Op-Ed: Putin replaces ISIS and Ebola as public enemy No. 1

Moscow - Even as there were growing signs of peace in the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the war path as far afield as the Bering Straits and Sweden/Finland.

Iran 'Happy' dancers given 91 lashes

Tehran - Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" have been sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms.

Op-Ed: Mitch McConnell responds to Alison Grimes ad by attacking grandma Special

Frankfort - Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is running for U.S. Senate in a bold attempt to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. With the race very close, Grimes is taking on McConnell for repeated attempts to damage/weaken Medicare.

Expert charges Health Canada is on the side of the drug companies

The scandal surrounding Health Canada’s failure to prevent the pharmaceutical company Apotex from distributing medications made with suspected faulty ingredients raises questions about just where the regulator’s loyalties lie, writes the Toronto Star.

Op-Ed: Sarkozy 2.0. — Nicolas Sarkozy is back for revenge

Paris - It was a secret for no one that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was planning to return to politics this September. Nicolas Sarkozy made it official today via his Facebook page.
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