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  1. Secret Service head grilled over White House security breach

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, left, is sworn in on Capitol Hill Tuesday before testifying before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House. [Associated Press]
  2. Hong Kong becomes a puzzle for China's Communist Party

    World

    BEIJING — China's Communist Party has ample experience extinguishing unrest. For years it has used a deft mix of censorship, arrests, armed force and, increasingly, money, to repress or soften calls for political change.

    Protesters outside the Hong Kong government complex use their phones early today to create a light amid thousands of pro-democracy supporters in the streets pushing for change.
  3. Afghanistan swears in new president, signaling change

    World

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Monday, punctuating a season of grave political crisis with a peaceful transition of power that stood as a rarity in a country marked by four decades of war.

    President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai says women and youth will have a place in government.
  4. Maker of app for smartphone spying is jailed

    Nation

    Washington

    Maker of app for smartphone spying is jailed

  5. Flag of the EU mistaken for terror emblem

    World

    A state of confusion

    Flag of the EU mistaken for terror emblem

    From left, President of Iran Hassan Ruhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk at Volga river embankment during the Caspian Summit in Astrakhan, Russia, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) XIAS132