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North Korea’s reaction to Ebola makes fears of a zombie apocalypse look rational

26 minutes agoNews : BlogPost

Turns out North Korea wasn’t kidding about protecting itself from Ebola. Kim Jong Un’s regime is not taking any chances when it comes to keeping out the virus – despite the fact that it’s happening half a world away and that North Korea is the most closed state in the world. After last week closing […]

Chart: Asia is the most optimistic part of the world

5 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The chart above, part of a slew of new data released by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, reflects one of the results of a survey regarding the population moods in a range of countries around the world. Populations in developing countries in Asia and Africa are far more optimistic about their future than their Middle East […]

Why Burkina Faso’s attempt to topple a long-serving leader matters

8 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The current crisis in Burkina Faso largely comes down to one fact: Blaise Compaoré, the president of the landlocked West African state, came to power in a 1987 coup d'etat, and -- despite a 2000 constitutional amendment that limits presidents to two five-year terms -- he has led the country ever since. In theory, 2015 was due to be Compaoré's last […]

Russia warns citizens not to travel abroad because of Ebola

11 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Fears about the spread of Ebola have driven many countries to restrict incoming travelers from abroad. In Russia, those same fears are being given as an official reason why Russians shouldn't leave home. The head of Russia’s main health watchdog agency recommended Thursday that Russians should forego vacations and other travel over the winter holidays […]

The White House would be a tiny wing of Turkey’s new presidential palace

12 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week unveiled his new palace in the outskirts of the country's capital, Ankara. The gaudy residence boasts 1,000 rooms and apparently cost some $350 million to construct. Its total area, according to the AFP, encompasses 2,150,000 square feet. Unsurprisingly, such largesse has led to criticism. Show More Summary

Charting the murky leadership structure of the Islamic State

20 hours agoNews : BlogPost

While it's tempting to imagine them as a disorganized horde, the reality of the Islamic State -- the extremist Islamist group who have taken over vast swathes of Syria and Iraq -- is that the sheer scale of their military operations, not to mention their Caliphate ambitions, are not possible without some kind of organized […]

Israeli politician wants to ban the Muslim call to prayer

21 hours agoNews : BlogPost

A right-wing Israeli member of parliament has proposed legislation that would ban the Muslim call to prayer in Israel, where 20 percent of the population is Arab (the majority of whom are Muslim). Robert Ilatov, a MP from the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, argued for restricting the ability of mosques to project the 'Adhan," or call […]

Zambia’s new president may be white, but that’s not what makes him interesting

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On Tuesday, Guy Scott was the vice president of Zambia. Now, he’s being hailed by many in the international press as the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African country since the fall of apartheid two decades ago (that's not quite accurate). Scott, 70, became president Wednesday after the death of his ally, President Michael Sata, […]

How Israelis responded when a White House official called their prime minister a ‘chickens––t’

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

One way or another, Jeffrey Goldberg's article in the Atlantic on the strained relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government was always going to be a big deal. However, there was one key quote in it that seems to have captured everyone's imagination: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickens--t." That quote from […]

Colombia peace talks enter ‘toad swallowing’ phase

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With every incremental advance in the peace negotiations between Colombian government negotiators and FARC rebel commanders, President Juan Manuel Santos faces an increasingly unpalatable spectacle — the Bogota equivalent of the "Satan sandwich." The armistice talks have been taking place in Cuba for nearly two years, and for the process to advance, more and more FARC […]

A tax on the Internet seems like a crazy idea, but it fits right in for Viktor Orbán’s Hungary

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

It seems like they thought no-one would notice. Tucked into Hungary's 2015 budget was a tax that would force Internet service providers to pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of data downloaded or uploaded by users. It would be, quite simply, the world's first tax on the Internet. And it would certainly be quite a tax. If the […]

Donetsk airport: From a shiny testament of hope to a burned-out hulk

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

KIEV, Ukraine -- Just months ago, Donetsk’s airport was a gleaming testament to Ukraine’s hopeful future. Now it is a dystopian burned-out hulk where intense fighting continues despite a nearly eight-week-old cease-fire. The battle for Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev Airport comes during a period in which Ukraine’s warring sides are supposed to have officially laid down […]

7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite. The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxony became the last state to scrap the fees. Tuition rates were always low in Germany, but now the German government […]

Watch: Canadians stand up to an ‘anti-Muslim bigot’

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

There’s a long tradition of activist videos where filmmakers attempt to expose the hidden prejudices of their societies through secretly-staged scenes in public. These often yield depressing, unsavory results. But a new video that has gone viral offers a small glimpse of Canadian tolerance in action. The “social experiment” -- as the video’s maker, Omar […]

The quiet, controversial partnership between the Israeli and Palestinian police chiefs

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

RAMALLAH, West Bank — When Palestinian police discovered a torched car with Israeli license plates near the West Bank city of Hebron this summer, they immediately suspected foul play. It was only later that afternoon, however, that they learned that the abandoned vehicle was the first piece of evidence in the kidnapping of three Israeli […]

Iran and China deepen a ‘blue water’ friendship

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

  Last month, visitors to Bandar Abbas on Iran’s southern coast gathered to witness a never-seen-before event: two Chinese warships pulling into port. It could be just the start of a budding naval alliance stretching from the Pacific to the Persian Gulf. Iranian and Chinese commanders last week announced plans for greater maritime cooperation. While the […]

Pope Francis backs theory of evolution, says God is no wizard

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gatheringShow More Summary

Why Britain won’t save drowning migrants in the Mediterranean

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, the British Foreign Office announced that it would not support any future search-and-rescue operations aimed at preventing migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. It was only confirmation of what was already known: The British government had quietly spelled out its position on Oct. Show More Summary

Map: How your country treats women

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The World Economic Forum's annual report on the global gender gap contains some predictable data. Nordic countries blessed with robust social democracies make up the top five places in the rankings, beginning with tiny Iceland. The bottom five countries — Yemen, Pakistan, Chad, Syria and Mali — are racked with political instability and conflict and are home […]

Why a protester wore a Ku Klux Klan outfit to Australia’s parliament

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe, a niqab and a helmet, three protesters tried to enter the Australian Parliament House on Monday. Their attention-grabbing plan was meant as criticism of the recent revocation of a partial burqa ban in Australia's legislature. On Oct. 2, the presiding officers of Parliament had required people wearing facial coverings […]

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