Afghan Hunger Strikers Demand Cease-Fire: ‘Our Blood Is Finished’

Afghan Hunger Strikers Demand Cease-Fire: ‘Our Blood Is Finished’ Photo An attack on a crowd leaving a wrestling match in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on Friday killed at least 14 and wounded more than 40, including many children. Peace protesters have camped near the site. Credit Abdul Khaliq/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Within 24 hours of a recent suicide bombing in Helmand Province, which added at least 14 names to the long list of the dead in a bitterly contested corner of Afghanistan, a group of local activists began a sit-in at the site of the carnage.
In their moment of anger and sorrow, they asked not for revenge, but for peace.
Over the following days, mothers and fathers of victims came to pour out their hearts and to support the protest, in a tent pitched near the field in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, where last week a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a crowd leaving a wrestling match. Emboldened, the protest organizers announced a “long march..

A Quick Online Divorce for $60? Not So Fast, Denmark Says

A Quick Online Divorce for $60? Not So Fast, Denmark Says Photo An art installation in Copenhagen. Under new rules set to go into effect next year, Danish couples who have children and who decide to dissolve their marriage will be required to observe a three-month “reflection period” before the divorce takes effect. Credit Ole Jensen/Corbis, via Getty Images COPENHAGEN — As one of the most wired countries in the world, Denmark offers hospital records, death certificates, tax returns and other important documents with little more than a couple of clicks.
Even a divorce can be obtained in less than a week with only a short online form and a $60 fee. But Denmark has long had one of the highest divorce rates in Europe, and the government has decided that breaking up should be a little a harder to do.
Under new rules set to go into effect next year, couples who have children and who decide to dissolve their marriage will be required to observe a three-month “reflection period” before the di..

Cricket Hero Breaks Down in Tears on TV Over Cheating

Cricket Hero Breaks Down in Tears on TV Over Cheating
Disgraced in a blatant ball-scuffing scandal that has transfixed the cricket world, one of its most exalted players flew home to Australia from South Africa on Thursday and broke down in tears, apologizing on live national television for sullying his country and its national pastime.
“I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life,” said the athlete, Steve Smith, who until a few days ago had been the Australia team’s heroic captain. “I’m absolutely gutted.”
“I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness,” Mr. Smith told a news conference at the Sydney airport as he struggled to keep his composure, his father standing behind him. “Cricket is the greatest game in the world. It’s been my life, and I hope it will be again.”
Mr. Smith returned to Australia five days after admitting to having concocted a plot with teammates to doctor the cricket ball by scuffing it with sandpaper during a match with South Africa last weekend. S..