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To the world, Detroit's bankruptcy may appear one more painful and embarrassing episode in a wretched urban play. But inside the city and throughout southeastern Michigan, the financial mess has galvanized a tremendous amount of goodwill. For one example, Tracy Samilton of Michigan Public Radio points to the rehabilitation of Cody High School.
Rick Barton, a top State Department official, says sometimes the U.S. has to take risks in diplomacy. Citing his own frustrations, he says that the Obama administration has yet to come up with a real strategy to resolve the war in Syria and isolate jihadi fighters.
Thousands of people are converging on Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, for a protest rally against the government. The protesters began their 300-mile march in Lahore, led by Imran Khan, who believes he was robbed of last year's election by voting fraud. Meanwhile, a populist cleric is leading a separate march on the capital.
Heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, as government and separatist forces still fight for control of the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.
A shift in police tactics helped ensure protests stayed peaceful in Ferguson, Mo. Critics on both sides of the aisle say the response earlier in the week was heavy-handed and contributed to violence.
New information was released Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., but the answers have prompted still more questions.