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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 Politics

A powerful politician kills a bill that advocates say would have protected veterans

Many for-profit colleges have been frozen out of the federal student financial aid pipeline, because they feel to meet certain standards. But those standards don't apply through funds veterans receive under the G.I. Bill. A pair of California legislators tried to change that, but they were batted down by a powerful politician — with ties to the for-profit college industry.

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.