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Russian lawmaker: We need to work out if our vodka is really vodka

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Few things are as synonymous as Russia and vodka. And while it may be a cliche, it's a cliche with good reason: According to one study of drinking habits from 2012, Russians consumed almost 14 liters of vodka per person that year — more than 7 times the amount consumed by Americans. But what if that vodka isn't really […]

Why a suspected Russian submarine is a reminder of Cold War embarrassment for Sweden

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Over the past few days, the Swedes has been perturbed by ominous signs that appear to show a foreign submarine may have infiltrated their waters. On Friday and Saturday Swedish forces searched the waters for '‘foreign underwater activity’' in the Baltic Sea, by Sunday there were reports of three "credible" sightings. By Tuesday there were two more. While Swedish […]

Hong Kong’s protesters occupy city’s iconic mountain

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators have occupied busy thoroughfares, set up camps in teeming neighborhoods and barricaded the offices of some of the city's most powerful officials. But, on Thursday, they took their protest to new heights. A group of protesters climbed the city's iconic Lion Rock, a peak located between the areas of Kowloon and New Territories, across […]

Watch: Ukrainian girl escapes death as Donetsk stadium debris crashes down

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

The video above is of CCTV footage taken on Monday outside the Donbass Arena in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which, despite attempts to broker a ceasefire, continues to be the site of clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. We see a young child, identified in reports as a girl, stroll over to the stadium, which […]

Here are some hot takes on Mark Zuckerberg’s Mandarin skills

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Facebook's CEO pulled off an undeniably impressive feat Wednesday in Beijing. Four years after Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would take up Mandarin in all the spare time he has while running a $200 billion-plus company, the executive sat down for a 30-minute question-and-answer session with Chinese students, with whom he spoke entirely in Mandarin. […]

In Malaysia, a dog-petting event riles Muslim clerics

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

At first glance, it seems like a relatively normal, even low-key, event. According to Star Online, more than 800 people arrived this weekend at the One Utama shopping center in Petaling Maya, Malaysia, to attend the "I Want to Touch a Dog" event. The event, news of which had spread on Facebook, had been designed to help those apprehensive of […]

3 big questions for Canada after Ottawa terror attack

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a shooting that left a Canadian soldier dead in Ottawa was a terror attack. It was the second such attack in less than a week — on Monday, a soldier had been killed in a deliberate hit-and-run near Montreal. Canada is no stranger to terrorism. In the 1960s, the […]

Meet the trailblazing judge who sentenced Oscar Pistorius to 5 years in jail

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

At the heart of the Oscar Pistorius trial was Judge Thokozile Masipa, 67, the official who, on Tuesday, sentenced the South African paralympian to five years in prison after finding him guilty of "culpable homicide" in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial has been the source of round-the-clock coverage in South Africa and intense […]

Retailer apologizes after Hitler and Mussolini coffee creamers invade Swiss restaurants

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Swiss retailer Migros apologized for an "unforgivable blunder" this week after surprised coffee drinkers in Switzerland spotted the mugs of Hitler and Mussolini on the company's dairy creamer packets. The dictator-emblazoned containers "should...Show More Summary

Why you shouldn’t ignore the Middle East’s other epic crisis

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

In September, when President Obama unveiled his plans to step up air attacks against the Islamic State, he cited the supposed success of U.S. operations in Yemen as an example of American air power subduing terror threats. That "success," as WorldViews wrote earlier, is questionable. What's less in doubt is that Yemen is in serious […]

Rwanda backs down on Ebola screening for incoming Americans and Spaniards

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

On Sunday, Rwanda, an East African nation far from the core of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, announced it would be screening passengers from America and Spain for Ebola. For some observers, it seemed a remarkable act of schadenfreude. That an African nation (one free of Ebola) would impose restrictions from two Western nations (both with a handful of […]

Mark Zuckerberg deserves a lot of credit for speaking mediocre Mandarin

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Even if you don't understand a word of Mandarin, it was easy to spot the occasional "um" and "sorry" littered in Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's speech. But during a question and answer session at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he kept at it  — for 30 very long minutes. For the audience of Chinese students, Zuckerberg's first words […]

Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Conspiracy theorists disappointed with the reappearance of Kim Jong Un earlier this month can breathe a sigh of relief. North Korea has provided new fodder for unchecked speculation, wild rumors and frenzied tea-leaf reading. Citing fears about the spread of Ebola, the world’s most closed state abruptly told Western travel agencies Thursday that it would […]

State Department suggests Syrian regime soldier a hero in stray retweet

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

In the struggle to win hearts and minds from the Islamic State, much of the focus has been on the online battle: Extremists and their supporters have taken to mediums like Twitter and YouTube to spread their message, a relatively new and worrying tactic for terrorists and one that is tough to counter. One counter-strategy has come from the State […]

Map: The best places in the world to be a rich foreigner

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

This year's iteration of HSBC's annual ranking of the best places to live as an expat, published Wednesday, ranked 34 countries on a host of indicators, such as salaries earned, the expat's quality of life and an expat family's ability to raise kids abroad. The full rankings are in this chart below. Switzerland tops the list overall, […]

China says Kenny G’s visit with Hong Kong protesters was not a smooth move

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

China loves Kenny G. But the Chinese government's love affair with the gratingly ubiquitous smooth jazz saxophonist could be coming to an end. Kenny G is in Hong Kong, and according to his tweets, he's been hanging out with pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters, much to the dismay of the government. The musician posted a photo of […]

Why a photo of Xi Jinping holding an umbrella won China’s top photojournalism prize

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, Chinese state media carried an announcement that a photograph of Xi Jinping had won China's top photojournalism prize, the National News Awards, dubbed "China's Pulitzer" by the expat That's magazine. The picture, taken...Show More Summary

Watch: Creepy Vladimir Putin doll annexes Crimea

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

What with his propensity for leather and shirtless cavorting, Russian President Vladimir Putin is used to being something of a fetish object. So perhaps we shouldn't be too alarmed by this mechanical toy that's on auction in Germany. The device depicts a somewhat anachronistic Russian leader at a wooden desk with a kerosene lamp, signing the […]

High Hitler: Nazi leader was a crystal meth addict, says new documentary

last monthNews : BlogPost

Adolf Hitler is remembered as many things: a genocidal warmonger, a hateful ideologue, a failed art student. But the phrase "drug addict" is usually not high among the list of epithets. A new documentary, to be aired this weekend by Britain's Channel 4, digs into the Führer's "hidden drug habit." Based on details in a 47-page American […]

Photos: A reporter’s journey through an Ebola-stricken Liberia

last monthNews : BlogPost

The outbreak of Ebola in Liberia has struck the medical community hard. In a country already lacking in doctors, nurses and other health-care workers, Ebola has made things unbelievably difficult. (Read the full story: Liberia already had only a few dozen of its own doctors. Then came Ebola.) Liberian doctors and nurses pray together before entering […]

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