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Russia opens new front in Georgia

Russia escalated its war in Georgia again yesterday, sending troops and tanks out of separatist enclaves to stage the first major invasion of undisputed Georgian territory. One armored column seized a town and major military base in the west of Georgia, effectively opening a second front, while another menaced the central city of Gori. (By Peter Finn, Boston Globe)

In candidates' approaches, clear contrast

As of yesterday, the bottom-line positions of the Barack Obama and John McCain on Russia were fairly similar: Both want US humanitarian and economic assistance sent, both called for international pressure to end the war and preserve Georgian sovereignty, and neither has urged US military intervention. But the candidates' initial reaction provided an insight into what analysts say are their different approaches to foreign policy. (By Michael Kranish, Boston Globe)
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Kennedy steps up plans for institute at UMass

Senator Edward M. Kennedy and several of his closest friends have accelerated plans to build an institute near the John F. Kennedy Library that will be dedicated to research and education about the US Senate and that will use Kennedy's lengthy political career as a case study. (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe)

Activist turned extremist, US says

US officials say that Aafia Siddiqui, a 36-year-old mother of three, became an Al Qaeda operative who ended up in Afghanistan and attacked US soldiers who had come to interrogate her. Now, those who knew Siddiqui in Boston are struggling to understand how the MIT graduate could pose "a clear and present danger to America," as the FBI alleges. (By Farah Stockman, Boston Globe)

In summer, obesity rules over children

It is the paradox of summertime: The very months blessed with the greatest opportunity for running and jumping and playing have instead become prime time for packing on pounds. Once the plight of adults, obesity has become alarmingly common among the young, with children under 10 even being prescribed cholesterol-lowering pills. (By Stephen Smith, Boston Globe)

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