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Is America Ready for Gay President? Iowa Casts First Votes

DES MOINES, Iowa — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? "The world will be wa...
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Dozens Dead or Hurt in Wedding Party Blast in Afghan Capital

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan's capital and dozens of people were killed or wounded, a government official said. More than 1,000 people had been invited, one witness said, as fe...
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Taliban Suicide Blast in Kabul Kills 14, Wounds 145

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilia...
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Pentagon Without a Chief as US Faces Numerous Global Threats

WASHINGTON — It's a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary. "With everything going on in Iran and all the provocations and counteractions, and to have no Secretary of Defense at this time is appalling. It shows the ...