Parallels - World News

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. Faiz Mohammed Wafa decided to join the fight against the Taliban after seeing his mother beaten on the street for not covering her ankles.

For all the good aspirin can do in preventing second heart attacks and strokes, taking it daily can boost some risks, too — of ulcers, for example, and of bleeding in the brain or gut. iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo, is seen Sept.19, 2012. PEN American Center's decision to give the French satirical magazine its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award has prompted six writers to withdraw from the annual event. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

An engraving of the Sultana explosion, published in Harpers Weekly, May 20, 1865. An estimated 1,800 people died in the explosion and ensuing fire --€” more than died in the sinking of the Titanic. Library of Congress hide caption

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History

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sank while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter earlier this month in Tokyo. Abe's visit to the U.S. this week features an agreement for the Japanese military to have a more active role. Franck Robichon/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To Elevate Image

Shinzo Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement and make a historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his weeklong visit.

A woman walks past a memorial for some of the victims who are said to have died at the hands of the serial killer dubbed the "Grim Sleeper." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Too Scared To Talk To Police, Stalker's Victims Open Up In 'Grim Sleeper'

From 1985 to 2002, a serial killer haunted South Central Los Angeles. Many of the victims were prostitutes and drug addicts. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to make an arrest.

SwiftKey analyzed more than a billion pieces of emoji data, organized by language and country. The poop emoji was most popular in Canada. Unicode/Apple hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

A study analyzes more than 1 billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.

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