Nation & world

  1. Postal workers unions protest Staples program


    CONCORD, N.H. — Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.

  2. Clashes spread across eastern Ukraine as Russia starts military drills on border


    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Russia on Thursday began military drills on its border with Ukraine as the government there mobilized against pro-Russian militants, killing "up to five" people, according to Ukrainian officials.

    Ukrainian troops take positions next to burning tires Thursday at a pro-Russian checkpoint after an attack on militants outside Slovyansk, Ukraine. After the action, Russian troops began to drill.
  3. Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital


    KABUL, Afghanistan — Three Americans — a pediatrician and a father and son — were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.

    Dr. Jerry Umanos, 57, a pediatrician from Chicago, was one of the victims in Thursday’s shootings.
  4. Israel halts talks, citing Palestinian unity deal


    Israel broke off peace talks with the Palestinians on Thursday, saying that a planned reconciliation between the moderate faction participating in the talks and the militant Islamist group Hamas made negotiation impossible.

  5. South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit


    TOKYO — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea today, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

    Mourners line up candles to form the phrase “We are here with you” at a candlelight vigil in Ansan, South Korea, on Thursday for victims of the Sewol ferry accident.