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  • Bert Trautmann dies at 89; ex-Nazi and star England soccer goalie

    The first time former Nazi paratrooper Bert Trautmann faced his new teammates, the English soccer club Manchester City, in 1949, he was welcomed with these words: "There's no war in here, Bert." The war-weary public was not so forgiving — until...
  • Funeral scheduled for last of 28 wrongfully convicted in WWII riot

     Funeral scheduled for last of 28 wrongfully convicted in WWII riot
    Roy Laine Montgomery carried a quiet hurt and shame with him for 68 years, ever since the World War II veteran's country wrongly imprisoned him. He was one of 28 African-American soldiers falsely convicted in connection with the lynching of an Italian...
  • One man's efforts untangle WWII prisoners' Catch-22

     One man's efforts untangle WWII prisoners' Catch-22
    — The last Illinois survivor of a mostly forgotten World War II prisoner-of-war saga lives in a white farmhouse 7 miles north of town. Retired from grain farming since 1988, Alva Moss, 89, walks a narrow road, mows his lawn and plays tennis for...
  • Mo Yan fires verbal cannons in 'POW!'

    Mo Yan fires verbal cannons in 'POW!'
    While the jury is still out as to whether the Chinese writer Mo Yan, who is said to have been toeing the party line, truly deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature, there is little doubt that his novel “POW!” — with its Rabelaisian...
  • Maj. Gen. John Borling writes poetry of survival

    Maj. Gen. John Borling writes poetry of survival
    For the better part of four years, Air Force Maj. Gen. John Borling lived in a cell that was about 21/2 paces wide and 31/2 paces long. There were no windows and little ventilation, except for three small holes. One of the holes contained a naked light...
  • Treaties — as American as Ben Franklin

     Treaties — as American as Ben Franklin
    However the Syrian crisis turns out, it holds a lesson for American leaders. They have often been ready to confront those who violate international norms, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, but reluctant to join worldwide agreements that express those...
  • Talks with Taliban ahead, now that U.S. envoys can find them

    In one of the more bizarre diplomatic events of late, turbaned envoys of the Taliban cut a pink satin ribbon across the entrance of a two-story villa in Doha, Qatar, a fixed address where U.S. negotiators can find the fugitive extremists when they want to...
  • Hunger strike, Yemeni dilemma could spur Guantanamo closure plans

    Hunger strike, Yemeni dilemma could spur Guantanamo closure plans
    A 100-day-old hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorists has agitated international human rights advocates anew, prompting fresh calls worldwide for closure of the detention center that President Obama vowed to shutter more than...
  • Myanmar begins new round of political-prisoner releases

    NEW DELHI – Myanmar started releasing approximately 70 political prisoners Tuesday, days after President Thein Sein promised during a European tour to free all remaining prisoners of conscience by the end of the year. Civic society groups...
  • In the Pipeline: Humble POW downplays his sacrifice

    In the Pipeline: Humble POW downplays his sacrifice
    The Western Union telegram is dated June 12, 1951. It is addressed to a Lillian Roberts in Mankato, Minn. It reads, "The secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son PFC Roberts, Lloyd L has been missing in action in Korea...
  • Bradley Manning plans to serve WikiLeaks sentence as a woman

    WASHINGTON — Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified military and diplomatic materials to WikiLeaks, announced plans Thursday to live as a woman while confined in the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth....