Military reasserts its allegiance to its privileges

by Ben Hubbard New York Times July 3, 2013

CAIRO — For most of his year in power, President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood thought they had tamed Egypt’s military, forcing out top generals and reaching a deal with their successors that protected the armed forces from civilian oversight....

Army ousts Egypt’s president; Morsi is taken into military custody

by David D Kirkpatrick New York Times July 3, 2013

CAIRO — Egypt’s military officers removed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, suspended the Constitution and installed an interim government presided over by a senior jurist....

Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment

by Darryl Fears Washington Post June 30, 2013

Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters, who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune....

Military says law barring US assistance to human rights violators hurts training mission

by Eric Schmitt New York Times June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — A 16-year-old law that bars American aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights is drawing unusual fire from some top military commanders who say it undermines their ability to train the troops to fight militants and drug traffickers....

Sweeping protests in Brazil pull in an array of grievances

by Simon Romero and William Neuman New York Times June 20, 2013

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Just a few weeks ago, Mayara Vivian felt pretty good when a few hundred people showed up for a protest she helped organize to deride the government over a proposed bus fare increase. She had been trying to prod Brazilians into the streets since 2005, when she was only 15, and ...

Biologists worried by starving migratory birds, seen as tied to climate change

by Darryl Fears Washington Post June 19, 2013

At the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the tiny bodies of Arctic tern chicks have piled up. Over the past few years, biologists have counted thousands that starved to death because the herring their parents feed them have vanished....

Does a child die of hunger every 10 seconds?

by Ruth Alexander BBC News June 17, 2013

Every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger, says a campaign by charities urging G8 leaders to pledge more aid for the world's poorest families - or every 10 seconds, according to the latest version of the slogan. But does this paint an accurate picture?...

From inner circle of Iran, a pragmatic victor

by Thomas Erdbrink New York Times June 16, 2013

TEHRAN — As Iranians responded to the victory of the cleric Hassan Rowhani in the country’s presidential race over the weekend by erupting into street parties not seen in many years, it almost seemed as if some sort of reformist revolution could be under way....

Ecuador legislature approves curbs on news media

by William Neuman and Maggy Ayala New York Times June 14, 2013

When President Rafael Correa of Ecuador won re-election this year, and for the first time captured a majority in the National Assembly, he vowed to push forward with major proposals that had been stalled in his earlier terms. On Friday he gained a victory that he had long coveted when the Legislatur...