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North Korea’s legacy of terrorism goes far beyond hacking

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A disastrous hack of Sony Pictures and the subsequent cancellation of "The Interview" has rightly been taken as a sign of the growing threat of cyberwarfare in the modern age. Many observers now wonder whether North Korea's actions (assuming it really is North Korea) constitute some new form of online terrorism. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia. Really.

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Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011. "Yes, such an invitation was sent," confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking […]

Egyptian jihadists thank U.S. State Department for ‘terrorist’ designation

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On Thursday, the U.S. State Department designated Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, as a terrorist organization. Not long thereafter, the jihadists responded on the group's official Twitter account, thanking the U.S. for this "blessing." The U.S. Show More Summary

Watch: Indian official’s tirade goes viral

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An amateur video showing a district magistrate in India lashing out at municipal workers and engineers for using substandard materials in road construction has become an instant online phenomenon. The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows B. Show More Summary

Saudi cleric pays price for showing his wife’s face

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's Sheik Ahmed al-Ghamedi appeared on "Badria," a talk show shown on Dubai-based satellite television channel MDC. During the show, the Islamic cleric told viewers that women were not required to wear a full niqab and could also wear beauty products. Show More Summary

Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country's long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries. A public ceremony marked the memorial's opening on […]

Why ‘The Interview’ is not ‘The Great Dictator’ of our times

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

We live in strange times. A huge hack against Sony Pictures and apparent threats against cinemas planning to play the James Franco/Seth Rogan film "The Interview" has lead to Sony shelving the release indefinitely. Stranger still, the U.S. government now thinks that North Korea, incensed by a scene that apparently shows the assassination of North […]

“Not as skinny as Obama, like Putin is ok.” China censors schoolboy’s suggestion that Xi lose weight

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

BEIJING – Chinese censors have never been known for their sense of humor, but their lack of it was amply demonstrated this week when they blocked a child’s light-hearted suggestion that President Xi Jingping might like to lose some weight. As part of a school writing project, nine-year-old Niu Ziru wrote a letter to Xi […]

Why a Communist dictator may be the world’s most popular leader – at home and abroad

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

BEIJING – He presides over a one-party state that jails more journalists than any other on the planet, silences its critics ruthlessly and censors the Internet extensively. But China’s President Xi Jinping is not only wildly popular in his own country, he could be the most popular world leader globally. Research by Japanese research firm […]

14 awkward photos of world leaders that explain 2014

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

It was a tough year for global events. From serious conflicts in Syria and Ukraine to the Ebola outbreak and the apparent destruction of not one but two Malaysia Air passenger planes, it sometimes felt like the world was bouncing from one horror to the other, never quite able to comprehend any of them. It […]

5 things to read and watch about North Korea instead of “The Interview”

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

Sony has canceled the Christmas-day release of "The Interview," the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, bowing to threats from an anonymous squad of hackers riled by the film. The move sets a worrying precedent, as The Post reports here, and will likely kick off a debate about censorship and cyberterror. The film places its […]

Hungarian folk singer accuses Beyoncé and Jay Z of ripping off her old hit

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

Did hip-hop's royal couple just pull a real life Bonnie and Clyde on "Drunk in Love," Beyoncé's smash hit with her husband, Jay Z? That's what the Hungarian folk singer known as Mitsou claims in a lawsuit, which alleges that the song samples vocals from her recording of "Bajba, Bajba Pelem," a folk tune passed on by her […]

6 graphs that explain Cuba

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

President Obama has announced an effort to normalize relations with Cuba more than half a century after the historic rift between the two countries. Under the new plan, the United States plans to ease travel and trade restrictions and reopen its embassy in Havana. Read the full story. Here are six graphs that explain Cuba's economy, tourism, […]

4 reasons an opening to Cuba is long overdue

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

"Change is hard, but today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past," said President Obama on Wednesday, announcing his administration's historic effort to normalize ties with Cuba. Relations were severed in 1961, following the ascension of the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and its confiscation of American property on the island. But the world is […]

Meet the ‘Cuban Five’ at the center of the blockbuster U.S. announcement on Cuba

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Thursday, Obama administration officials confirmed to The Post that Cuba has freed American citizen Alan Gross. Gross, who was detained in December 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, had been accused of espionage and sentenced to 15 years in prison by Cuba. His imprisonment was a major problem in relations […]

After Peshawar terror attack, one Pakistani calls on his nation to change

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In the aftermath of the worst single terrorist attack in Pakistan's history, Pakistanis have united in mourning. On social media and other platforms, many have issued moving commentary and posts, lamenting the gruesome slaughter of 132 children by Taliban militants. One post, republished below with the permission of its author, calls on Pakistanis to recognize the demons […]

In North Korea, different recollections of Kim Jong Il on the third anniversary of his death

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Congratulatory message from the outcast Syrian president? Check. Floral tributes from the president of Guinea and the communist parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin? Check. Fawning coverage in the Russian press? Check. It’s that time again in North Korea: Time to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the […]

You want fries with that in Japan? You can only get a small order at McDonalds.

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

  TOKYO – Already reeling from a butter shortage, Japan is now being buffeted by another food crisis: McDonalds is running out of french fries and will start rationing the crispy delicacy. There’s no super-sizing here. From Wednesday, customers will be able to buy only small packs of fries with their orders, which in Japan […]

5 reasons you should care about Russia’s falling ruble

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

Russia’s ruble was tanking on Tuesday faster than journalists could type, hitting levels against the dollar that were unimaginable even a week ago. 1)      So why should I care about a weak ruble? Russia’s plummeting ruble is swiftly upturning the nation’s broader economy and threatening instability in a major world economy. When Russia defaulted in […]

What’s behind the astonishing rise of an anti-Islam movement in Germany?

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

Carrying German flags and banners saying "We're against religious fanaticism," an increasing number of German protesters, known as the Pegida movement, have taken to the streets in recent weeks to voice their concerns about an influx of Muslim immigrants. On Monday, 15,000 came to the eastern German city of Dresden to march through the historic city center. […]

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