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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

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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.

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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 months 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

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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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months 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

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  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.

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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.

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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 […]

Yemen and Somalia are examples of U.S. mission creep, not success

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In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria. U.S. action in Iraq will involve sustained targeted air strikes combined with ground offensives by the Iraqi army and Kurdish […]

Mexican journalist suffers brutal beating after critical stories

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For more than a year, Karla Silva typed out the news in a cramped storefront office for El Heraldo de Leon, a newspaper in the central Mexican town of Silao. The front door was always open, she said, so that passing residents could drop off tidbits of local interest. The city styled itself as a […]

Video: Truth and half-truths in the campaigns for and against Scottish independence

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On Sept. 18, Scottish voters will be asked "Should Scotland be an independent country?" If the "Yes" vote wins it, Scotland will divorce itself from the United Kingdom, and the consequences could be big for both countries. While the referendum was agreed upon back in October 2012, the campaign only began to heat up this year as […]

What the world thinks of Obama’s plan to fight the Islamic State

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On Wednesday evening, just before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that have shaped modern American history, President  Obama gave a speech that outlined a plan for fighting the Islamic State extremist group. Polls appear to show that the majority of Americans would generally support America's plan to further the fight against […]

The mysterious explosion that could change the Syrian war

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, a single event happened that could change the course of the the Syrian war. At least a dozen commanders of Ahrar al-Sham, including leader Hassan Aboud, were wiped out in an instance by what has been described as a suicide bomb during a high-level meeting in Ram Hamdan in Syria’s Idlib province. Less than 24 hours […]

The better way to end an Islamist insurgency

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III submitted a draft law to Congress proposing the creation of an autonomous Muslim region, carved out a number provinces and municipalities in the country's south. Bangsamoro, as the region would be called, would have its own elected officials and assembly, its own law enforcement and greater control over local tax […]

How the U.S. is falling short as Syria’s humanitarian crisis rages

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

While the Obama administration struggles to decide on military intervention against the Islamic State in Syria, it is also running the risk of ignoring the humanitarian crisis in the country. On Tuesday, an Oxfam Briefing Paper accused...Show More Summary

People in Messi’s hometown have been barred from naming their babies Messi

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

You can love FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi. You can tattoo the soccer god's jersey on your back. You can even buy a $5.25 million gold replica of his foot. But you cannot -- I repeat, cannot -- name your baby after him, at least if you live in Messi's Argentinian hometown of Rosario. Gonzalo […]

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