Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post:

Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post:



- Turkey looks for international aid, and countries to host refugees, in Syrian crisis-- Facing one of the world’s largest refugee crises in decades, Turkish officials are urgently appealing for international financial assistance and calling on wealthy nations, particularly the United States and the countries of Europe, to start accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees. The stance marks a shift for the Turkish government, which had long insisted that Ankara would manage and pay for the refu­gee crisis on its own as a matter of national pride. But with the cost to Turkey hitting $1.5 billion, an estimated 400,000 refugees in the country and a total of 1 million expected by the end of the year, pressure is building. By Kevin Sullivan


- Bomb in Kabul kills 4 NATO forces, 6 Afghans--KABUL — At least four NATO service members and six Afghan civilians, including school children, were killed when a suicide car bomber rammed a two-vehicle NATO convoy in the Afghan capital during Thursday morning’s rush hour, government officials said. It could not be immediately confirmed how many international forces were killed or what their nationalities were. NATO officials here had no immediate comment, but Afghan police officials at the scene said they had removed the bodies of four Americans from one armored vehicle, which was charred and mangled by the powerful explosion. By Sayed Salahuddin


-World Views: Map: How the world voted on a U.N. resolution for political transition in Syria--The United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution on Tuesday to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for its “indiscriminate” shelling and bombing of civilians. The resolution, which passed, also urges a political transition through “inclusive” democratic elections. Though it has no binding implications, the vote is an interesting glimpse of the increasingly tense global politics around Syria’s crisis. Of the U.N. General Assembly, 107 countries voted yes, 12 voted no, 59 chose to abstain and several did not vote at all because their delegates were not present. Those vote totals are mapped out above. By Max Fisher


- François Hollande, France’s Socialist leader, is steering a middle-line path--SAINT NAZAIRE, France — This Atlantic port is the heart of France’s shipbuilding tradition, where the British came to have the Queen Mary 2 built a decade ago and where Royal Caribbean recently ordered a $1.5 billion floating palace for island-hopping by the masses. When the Saint Nazaire SPX Shipyards’ majority shareholders in South Korea announced that they were selling out, therefore, the reflex here was almost automatic. Leftist union activists turned to the Socialist government in Paris with a demand for nationalization, saying it was the best way to preserve France’s shipbuilding prowess and guarantee 2,000 jobs in the yards and 4,000 more in service and supply firms. By Edward Cody


- Most U.S. clothing chains did not sign pact on Bangladesh factory reforms--Nearly all U.S. clothing chains, citing the fear of litigation, declined to sign an international pact ahead of a Wednesday deadline, potentially weakening what had been hailed as the best hope for bringing about major reforms in low-wage factories in Bangladesh. Companies including Wal-Mart, Gap, Target and J.C. Penney had been pressed by labor groups to sign the document in the wake of last month’s factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed at least 1,127 people. More than a dozen European retailers did so. But U.S. companies feared the agreement would give labor groups and others the basis to sue them in court. By Brad Plumer


- Obama administration releases e-mails detailing agencies’ debate over Benghazi--The Obama administration released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The internal debate did not include political interference from the White House, according to the e-mails, which were provided to congressional intelligence committees several months ago. Since the assault that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Republicans have accused President Obama and his senior advisers of mischaracterizing the attack, largely to prevent political repercussions during what was then a close reelection campaign. By Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung

The Fact Checker: Did GOP budgets hamper Benghazi security? By Glenn Kessler





-Groups that sought tax-exempt status say IRS dealings were a nightmare--The Common Sense Campaign, a self-described constitutionalist group based in Montgomery, Ala., aspired to be a smaller version of the National Rifle Association — powerful and influential, without having to pay federal income taxes. “We wanted to have a voice too,” said the group’s chairman, Pete Riehm. “The biggest difference between us and them is money.” But Common Sense never reached the nonprofit stage.  The organization gave up seeking tax-exempt status after two years of Internal Revenue Service demands for everything from the group’s blog posts to the names of “anyone who gave you so much as a dollar,” according to its officials. By Josh Hicks and Kimberly Kindy

Acting director of IRS forced to resign amid furor over targeting of conservative groups by Zachary Goldfarb and Juliet Eilperin

-OPINION by Dana Milbank: Eric Holder’s Abdication

-OPINION by David Ignatius: In IRS and AP scandals, a frighteningly impotent government


- Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta--The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon. In the view of President Obama’s adversaries, recent revelations add evidence to arguments that they have been making about the president all along: that he would do or say whatever it took to get reelected; that his is a philosophy of rampant, invasive big government; that he has not acted within the constraints of the Constitution; that he regards those who oppose him with contempt. By Karen Tumulty


- Signing of Md. gun control bill to launch new legal battles, fight for public support-- Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will sign into law one of the nation’s strictest gun-control measures Thursday, a major victory after months of contentious debate during this year’s legislative session. But the signing of the law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, isn’t the end of the fight. A new battle begins to convince judges and voters that it was the right response to last year’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The National Rifle Association on Wednesday renewed its promise to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law. It bans the sale of nearly all semi-automatic rifles, plus magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and requires new gun buyers to submit digital fingerprints to state police. By Aaron C. Davis



- Some question whether AP leak on al-Qaeda plot put U.S. at risk--Now, some members of Congress and media advocates are questioning why the administration viewed the leak that led to the May 7 AP story as so grave. The president’s top counterterrorism adviser at the time, John O. Brennan, had appeared on “Good Morning America” the following day to trumpet the successful operation. He said that because of the work of U.S. intelligence, the plot did not pose an active threat to the American public. Holder said this week that the unauthorized disclosure “put the American people at risk.” The White House and CIA declined to comment for this article. But former White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor, recalling the discussion in the administration last year, said officials were simply realistic in their response to AP’s story. They knew that if it were published, the White House would have to address it with an official, detailed statement. By Carol Leonnig and Julie Tate



- Exclusive: GSA failed to pay thousands of small government contractors since 2008-- An investigation by House lawmakers has revealed that the U.S. General Services Administration failed to fully pay thousands of small federal contractors in the past five years. GSA officials confirmed the error, acknowledging that 1,334 government services firms had been shorted more than $3 million since 2008, the vast majority of them small businesses, because the agency neglected to fulfill a “guaranteed minimum payment” clause outlined in many of its contracts. A spokeswoman for the agency declined to comment on why the payments were not issued in recent years but said officials will begin soon begin issuing payments to every company that was eligible but did not receive money, dating back to 2007. By J.D. Harrison


- New GOP debt-limit demands: Ban late-term abortion and approve Keystone pipeline?--While much of Washington was enthralled by Benghazi e-mails and the IRS scandal, House Republicans began quietly planning their strategy for the next showdown over the debt limit, now believed to be at least four months away. At a two-hour listening session Wednesday afternoon in the basement of the Capitol, rank-and-file lawmakers offered suggestions for handling an event that, in 2011, blew their approval ratings to smithereens. The good news: This time around, most GOP lawmakers agree they probably should not block a debt-limit increase, halt Treasury borrowing and let the government default on its obligations. According to GOP aides who attended the meeting, the “hell no” caucus appears to be radically diminished. By Lori Montgomery


- New SEC chief Mary Jo White begins job with pressure to tackle rules--Her pictures are not even on her office wall yet, but Mary Jo White already is getting pulled into an arena in which she’s untested: writing regulations. Since she took over as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission a month ago, Congress has pressed the former federal prosecutor to pump out long-overdue financial regulations required by the Dodd-Frank Act and rewrite key rules that govern the capital markets. This week, lawmakers are applying more pressure to get the job done — on their terms.  By Dina ElBoghdady



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