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How a Facebook group in Kenya is shaming deadbeat parents

7 hours agoNews : BlogPost

There are selfish, negligent parents all over the world. In Kenya, however, a new Facebook group has now taken private parental disputes public. "Dead Beat Kenya" – which was founded Sept. 6 and already has 170,000 members – aims at exposing those who have refused to care for their children. Jackson Nieru, one of the group’s […]

9 big questions before Scotland’s big vote on independence

9 hours agoNews : BlogPost

In case you hadn't noticed, Scotland is having a vote on Thursday. The results of this vote could be dramatic: Scotland could break ties with the United Kingdom and become an independent state. The world would see the creation of a new sovereign state and the end of one of the most important political unions in […]

On the streets of Scotland, ‘yes’ is brash and optimistic, while ‘no’ bets on ‘the silent majority’

10 hours agoNews : BlogPost

EDINBURGH, Scotland — In the final hours before Scots vote on whether to secede from Britain, polls show an incredibly tight race, with the unionists maintaining a slight edge. But anyone traveling around Scotland, as I have in recent days, would be forgiven for thinking that the pro-independence ‘yes’ campaign is poised to win in a […]

What do the polls really say about Scotland’s referendum on independence?

12 hours agoNews : BlogPost

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Scotland could jump back more than 300 years in time. Residents will have the opportunity to vote in a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. Polling from a variety of sources suggests that the Scottish public has moved in the past month from clear, double-digit margins for a “no” vote […]

Xi Jinping to Chinese tourists: Please eat less instant noodles

14 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The behavior of Chinese tourists abroad has been something of a sore spot for Beijing in recent years. Following a number of incidents that went viral on the Web last year (including the defacing of the 3,500-years-ago old Luxor Temple in Egypt by a Chinese teenager and photos of Chinese tourists washing their feet at Louve in Paris), state-run China Central […]

South Sudan wants to kick out foreign aid workers, even as a devastating famine looms

20 hours agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, South Sudanese authorities announced that they are planning to ban foreign workers by Oct. 15 — a move that could also affect foreigners employed by aid agencies. The report comes amid a rapidly deteriorating food security situation in the East African country, which has suffered through months of civil war. In late July, the […]

North Korea wrote a 53,558-word report on its human rights record. The conclusion? It’s pretty good

20 hours agoNews : BlogPost

When a bombshell United Nations report on North Korean human rights abuses came out in February and concluded that the country was committing human rights violations “without any parallel in the contemporary world," Pyongyang's initial reaction was anger. Show More Summary

Nevermind what Obama says: The Islamic State claims it’s facing a crusade

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

In his speech last week announcing  plans to combat Islamic State extremists, who are wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria, President Obama was at pains to stress that his country was not embarking on a religious war. "[The Islamic State] is not 'Islamic.' No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of [the Islamic State]'s […]

Ilham Tohti’s daughter laments China’s ‘ridiculous’ charges against her father

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BEIJING – In February 2013, Jewher Ilham was due to accompany her father to the United States for a month, to help him settle in as he took up a new job as a visiting scholar at Indiana University. But as they prepared to leave China, her father, the prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, was detained, […]

Ukraine ratifies E.U. pact but backs expanded autonomy in rebel areas

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Ukraine’s parliament ratified an agreement Tuesday to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union _ moving ahead with a plan that sparked an uprising by pro-Russian rebels and led to Moscow's annexation of the Crimea peninsula. But in a move seeking to ease tensions, Ukrainian lawmakers also passed legislation to grant greater autonomy to eastern Ukraine, […]

The 9 newest countries in the world

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

This week, Scottish voters go to the polls to make a big decision: Should they stay a part of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, or become an independent country? It's an enormous decision, and the debate over what exactly will happen to Scotland if it does go independent is still waging. One thing is […]

India’s leading newspaper tweeted a cleavage shot of a Bollywood star. This is what happened next.

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

One of Bollywood's leading actresses was all the buzz this weekend when a leading Indian newspaper tweeted a story, not about her just-released film or even gossip, but about her cleavage. The tweet, which refers to a photo of a dress she wore at a trailer launch for one of her movies last year, said: 'OMG: Deepika […]

A Chinese city is asking smartphone users to walk in their own sidewalk lane

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

China, home to 700 million smartphone users, is now experimenting with new ways to prevent smartphone-related accidents: On a 165-foot pavement stretch in the city of Chongqing, pedestrians can choose between a normal lane and an exclusive one reserved for heavy users of mobile devices. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, […]

Tweets from Iran’s supreme leader end hopes of cooperation against Islamic State

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The Islamic State, the extremist Sunni Islamist group that has taken over much of Iraq and Syria, once appeared to be doing the impossible: Uniting America and Iran in their opposition to a common enemy. While Iran was not mentioned in President Obama's speech on how to tackle the Islamic State, there was much speculation that the center […]

In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a last gathering place

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

Religion plays a major part in Liberian life. Formal gatherings of any kind are discouraged in Liberia these days, because the lethal Ebola virus is spread by contact with other people’s body fluids, including sweat and saliva. In addition to the schools, most workplaces are closed. Show More Summary

49 reasons why Turkey doesn’t want to fight the Islamic State

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Ankara, Turkey, to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and discuss possible cooperation to fight the Islamic State. So far, 10 states in the Middle East have declared a "shared commitment" to President  Obama's plan to tackle the extremist group. Show More Summary

Forget ‘Braveheart.’ Here are 8 movies about Scotland you should watch.

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

If you've been following news and commentary about Scotland's independence referendum next week, you've probably seen jokes involving the face-painted fellows in the picture above. Fair enough: "Braveheart," with all its heavy-handed sentiment and Mel Gibson-grimacing, has stuck long in the American imagination. Show More Summary

An Estonian agent, a Russian arrest and more tensions with Moscow

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

  Estonia was still in the afterglow of President Obama’s visit – and his promises of unwavering Western support against possible Russian threats – when a security services agent named Eston Kohver headed toward the borderlands near Russia. His bosses say Kohver was investigating a suspected smuggling ring with top-level Russian links. Russia claims he crossed into […]

The ‘best’ model for how to destroy the Islamic State? The time the U.S. first defeated it.

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

As the United States embarks on an open-ended campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State, there are pronounced questions as to how that can be achieved. In his Wednesday night speech, President Obama linked planned operations in Iraq and Syria to ongoing campaigns in Yemen and Somalia -- missions he deemed "successful." WorldViews explained why […]

Britain asked people to help redesign the pound coin. The response was brutal.

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

Today I will deliver a Budget for a resilient economy - starting with a resilient pound coin pic.twitter.com/Ev2IuNpXg4 — George Osborne (@George_Osborne) March 19, 2014 On Friday, the British government opened a new competition to redesign the one-pound coin. The new coin, announced earlier this year, will "world’s most secure circulating coin," according to a statement […]

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