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Japanese defense minister denies aliens have invaded Japan

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

During a budget session in the Diet, or Japan's parliament, the country's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani confirmed that aliens had never penetrated Japanese air space. The statement was a response to a question by outlandish lawmaker and square-jawed former celebrity wrestler Antonio Inoki. Show More Summary

Photo: Were Iranian soldiers fighting in Tikrit?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

TIKRIT – In the center of the Iraqi city of Tikrit freshly sprayed graffiti on walls and shop fronts record the names of the groups that fought against Islamic State militants here. While the Iraqi government insists there were only Iraqi ground troops involved, spray paint that is scrawled outside the city’s newly freed former […]

A Chinese official has been placed under investigation — for golfing

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

"Official probed for golf," reads the headline in a report published Wednesday on the English-language Web site for the Global Times, a Chinese state newspaper. In three short paragraphs, the story says Wang Shenyang, head of the Department of Outward Investment and Economic Cooperation at the Commerce Ministry, was being investigated by a "disciplinary inspection […]

This Gaza man says he was tricked into selling a Banksy mural for just $175

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

When the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy slipped into Gaza, he turned rubble he found there into works of art. Apparently, one of those works was later sold for less than $200. But now, the 33-year-old seller says he had no idea it could gone for much, much more. "I did not know that it was this valuable; […]

Sweden is about to add a gender-neutral pronoun to its official dictionary

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In the Egalia, a preschool in Stockholm, there are no male or female students. Instead, all children are referred to as 'hen' – a gender-neutral pronoun that has become so established in Sweden that it will be recognized next month in the newest edition of the country's official dictionary. The Swedish Academy's SAOL dictionary, which is […]

The big questions any nuclear deal with Iran would have to answer

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The meetings in the gilded rooms of Lausanne between Iran, the United States and its diplomatic partners went beyond an artificially imposed deadline on Tuesday night. There was growing optimism that negotiations in the Swiss town would yield a tentative agreement over Tehran's controversial nuclear program. Show More Summary

Map: How the world executed people in 2014

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The year 2014 was a mixed one for executions. According to new data collected by Amnesty International, the number of executions carried out around the world dropped – but the number of death sentences given out as legal punishments increased dramatically. In total, Amnesty – an advocacy group that opposes the death penalty – found that there were at least […]

The key moments in the long history of U.S.-Iran tensions

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In Lausanne, Switzerland, top-level negotiators from Iran and a number of world powers are still wrangling over the outline of a deal that they hope will ease tensions surrounding Tehran's controversial nuclear program. Such a deal also could be a prelude to a historic diplomatic rapprochement between the United States and Iran, two countries that share a long, […]

What Yemen’s crisis reveals about China’s growing global power

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported that more than 500 Chinese nationals who were evacuated from Yemen had arrived safely in the city of Djibouti. The evacuees had been picked up by a Chinese fleet Sunday and Monday, fleeing an increasingly dangerous situation in the Middle Eastern state. In the chaotic web of alliances in Yemen's new conflict, China's relatively […]

How Yemen was once Egypt’s Vietnam

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Friday, Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived at the Egyptian seaside town of Sharm el-Sheik on a plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The smiling Hadi, who was about to attend a session of the Arab League, now presumably feels safer abroad, among his regional counterparts, than he would in Yemen. Earlier in the week, Hadi was forced […]

Who are the two candidates running to become the president of Nigeria?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

President elections in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, are scheduled on Saturday. The two leading candidates are starkly different: one is a Christian politician who has struggled with the growing Boko Haram Islamist insurgency; the other is a Muslim and former military ruler known for a crackdown on corruption but also for allegations of serious […]

A new Chinese anti-corruption drive has a really unfortunate name

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

This week, authorities in Beijing announced an initiative to catch corrupt officials who have fled overseas. The plan, set to be put into action next month, will better coordinate Chinese investigations into offshore funds and "underground banks" used by officials to funnel money out of the country. Show More Summary

Chart: Yemen’s chaos, explained

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in neighboring Yemen on Thursday in an effort to combat the Shiite rebel group known as the Houthis. The insurgents have been growing in power in a country that was once under the control of a Saudi- and Western-backed administration. As you can see from the chart above, it's pretty complicated. Here's a breakdown of the […]

Live updates: Germanwings plane crash

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The investigation continues into the crash of Germanwings flight 9525, which killed 150 passengers and crew. We're bringing you live updates here.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ author to be India’s new spokesman

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

  Vikas Swarup, the author of the book that became the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” will become India’s principal spokesman, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday. Swarup has had a long career in India as a diplomat before he debuted a novelist in 1985 with the best-seller “Q&A,” ultimately made into the 2008 movie […]

Was King Richard III a bad guy?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The remains of England's King Richard III, who died in battle more than five centuries ago, will be re-interred on Thursday at Leicester Cathedral. The planned burial has dominated headlines in Britain, where the fate of the late monarch's bones has been a source of national fascination since they were dug up in a Leicester parking lot in […]

Multimillionaire Robert Durst may have hoped to flee to Cuba. Here’s how Cuba would have welcomed him.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

HAVANA — When murder suspect and premium-channel sensation Robert Durst was busted by the FBI at a New Orleans hotel on March 14, he was caught with a big wad of cash, a fancy face mask and several maps of Cuba. Prosecutors said these accessories suggested a plan to go on lam beyond the reach […]

How Saudi Arabia turned Sweden’s human rights criticisms into an attack on Islam

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

After a rare public criticism of its human rights record by Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Saudi Arabia is at diplomatic war with Sweden. The kingdom blocked Wallstrom from speaking at an Arab League event, recalled its ambassador from Stockholm and stopped giving business visas to Swedish citizens. Sweden, for its part, has cancelled a major arms deal with the […]

This Chinese restaurant in Kenya is open for dinner, as long as you’re not African

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

According to local media reports, a Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has adopted a rather unsavory practice. After 5 p.m., most African patrons are barred from entering the premises. Chinese restaurant in Nairobi notShow More Summary

Paris tries to fight smog by banning half its cars from the roads

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Paris officials have suspended their order to keep half of the city's cars off the roads after a day of banning them because of thick smog and air pollution. Cars with license plates ending in even numbers were barred from being driven on Paris-area streets Monday. Cars carrying three or more passengers, emergency vehicles, and electric and […]

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