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Conflict & Justice

An Eritrean refugee endured brutal torture. But he may find hope on a ranch in California

Philemon Semere has a harrowing story to tell. For seven months, the Eritrean refugee was held captive in the middle of the Sinai desert for a huge ransom. He managed to be set free last year after his family paid some of the $25,000 his captors demanded. Now, an American woman is offering him a place to stay and work — on her remote ranch in California.

Global Scan

The US agrees to, eventually, set the Internet free

The relationship between the US government and the Internet has been close since the US military created it decades ago. But now, in the face of a howl of protests, US officials have said they're ready to let go. If certain conditions are met. Plus an Indian diplomat, who just saw the charges against her dropped on Wednesday, faces charges once more.