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Australian politician calls for U.S. travel warning after California shooting

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Tim Fischer, a retired Australian politician and former deputy prime minister in the right-wing government of Prime Minister John Howard, issued a stern rebuke of U.S. gun laws Thursday in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino attacks. In an interview with Australia's ABC News, Fischer decried the prevalence of mass shootings in the United States, […]

Watch: The Kremlin’s fantasy of an Edward Snowden presidency

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

RT, the Russian state-funded English news network, marked its tenth anniversary this month with a new promotional video. It imagines a world 20 years from now where a doddering President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, impersonated by actors, putter about in their retirement. In the background in Obama's kitchen, RT blares away on Obama's television, […]

Indian city’s historic rainfall — nature’s fury or construction frenzy?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Thursday at the global climate change talks in Paris, former Vice President Al Gore was quick to cite the torrential rains in India’s fourth-largest city as evidence that the effects of global warming are already causing havoc. “The answer is coming from nature itself, “ Gore said, noting that “record-breaking downpours” in the southeastern […]

How foreign media has covered the San Bernardino shooting: ‘Another day, another slaughter’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

LONDON -- The mass shooting in San Bernardino may have been the bloodiest in the U.S. in nearly three years, but for many around the world -- accustomed to all-too-frequent dispatches about gun violence in America -- it was difficult to be shocked. “Just another day in the United States of America. Another day of […]

China has an awful safety record — and wants to run 110 nuclear reactors by 2030

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

It had been about a month since chemical explosions blasted and burned through the port of Tianjin, killing 173. Pictures of rescue workers in hazmat suits became some of the signature images of the disaster. And despite incredible censorship, it was clear to most that unsafe chemical storage—thanks to bribery by local big shots—was to […]

Former U.S. official who bungled Iraq occupation wants to send troops back there again

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Paul Bremer, the former American diplomat who presided over the initial stages of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, wants the Obama administration to redeploy 10,000 U.S. troops to the country to aid the fight against the Islamic State. For 13 months between 2003 and 2004, Bremer headed the provisional authority that governed Iraq in the wake […]

Russia’s Putin says ‘Allah is punishing’ Turkey’s rulers

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the union address on Thursday and, as my colleague Andrew Roth reported, he reserved some of his most charged rhetoric for Turkey. Leaders of the two countries have been locked in a war of words ever since the Turkish military brought down a Russian jet operating along the […]

Nepal border protests have led to a dangerous humanitarian crisis

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

DELHI — A dispute along Nepal’s border with India involving ethnic groups unhappy about the country’s new constitution is stretching into its fifth month, with supplies of fuel and medicine running dangerously low as winter is sets in. Every day now in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, Meena Khadka has to search for firewood to cook […]

This is how bad the air in Beijing can get

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Beijing was smothered by a thick smog earlier this week, prompting civilians to again put on protective masks and authorities to issue an air quality alert that forced a cut in some industrial production. The dark haze settled over some of Beijing's most prominent sites, including Tiananmen Square and the national stadium. A stark series of composite images […]

Watch: Israelis blow up the house of a Palestinian killer

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

JERUSALEM – In the midst of a crowded Palestinian neighborhood, on the edge of Jerusalem beyond the separation wall, Israeli forces blew up a house on Wednesday belonging to the family of a Palestinian who killed two Israelis in a vehicular attack a year ago.The Israeli police then released a video showing how they did […]

1,000 American rabbis sign letter welcoming Syrian refugees

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

More than 1,000 rabbis in the United States signed onto a letter urging elected officials in the country to "exercise moral leadership for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program." The letter was published on the website of HIAS, a venerable U.S. charity once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society that was originally founded in the […]

3 charts explain why Piketty’s idea that inequality fueled Islamic State’s rise is flawed

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Since publishing his much-acclaimed book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" last year, Thomas Piketty has ignited a renewed debate on the root causes of terrorism and the rise of the Islamic State. In a recent op-ed for French newspaper Le Monde, he argued that inequality was a "major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Islamic State attacks on […]

North Korea wants to open up its economy, and a small program in free-market Singapore shows how

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

SINGAPORE – Innovation boot camps, social media marketing, chief technology officers. These are hardly the kinds of words expected from North Koreans. After all, business development in that resolutely communist country is still very much top-down and dictated by the needs of the state rather than by the market. Plus, there’s no social media. Almost […]

Russian TV host announces he is HIV-positive in live broadcast

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

MOSCOW — It was a heartfelt admission of a kind that Russia has never seen before. On Tuesday evening, Pavel Lobkov, a television host for the independent Dozhd channel, announced on air that he had been diagnosed in 2003 as HIV-positive. It is the first time in recent memory that any Russian celebrity, major or minor, […]

Activists flood Paris with ads mocking corporate sponsors of climate change talks

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

While in Paris for the climate change summit, President Obama was optimistic. "The main message I got is that I actually think we are going to solve this thing," he said Tuesday. His optimism, though, was not shared by a network of artists, which installed more than 600 works of art on the streets of […]

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to return to German bookshelves after 70-year ban

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

It has been in exile for 70 years, but plans are underway in Germany to publish Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" once again. Since the end of World War II, the German state of Bavaria has fiercely enforced its copyright on the autobiographical manifesto, barring any attempt to publish the book. But with the copyright set to expire […]

Photos: The long, grim wait for asylum seekers in Europe

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Reporting on the wars in Syria and Iraq, I’ve largely seen the other end of Europe’s refugee crisis – the tragedy they flee. The razed neighborhoods, mass graves, funerals and car bombs. It takes a lot for people to leave everything they know to be refugees. But many have no choice because the violence arrives […]

Russia and Turkey accuse each other of buying oil from the Islamic State

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The war of words between Moscow and Ankara took a new turn early this week in the wake of Turkey's Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet that had flown briefly into Turkish airspace during a sortie in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traded accusations on the sidelines […]

Russian crackdown against Turkey targets soccer players, Ottoman classes and turkey parts

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

MOSCOW — Turkish soccer players are off-limits. Ottoman-Turkish language classes are canceled. Frozen turkey parts from Turkey have been banned. When Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev ordered his government last week to draft economic sanctions against Turkey, no ministry was left out. Some of the sanctions in the wake of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane over […]

Cubans worry that security forces are everywhere. They may be right.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

HAVANA -- The protests that erupted Friday in Havana at airline offices and outside Ecuador's Embassy were a rare occurrence in this tightly controlled society, where street demonstrations and anti-government activism are essentially forbidden. As such, the protests were an opportunity to see the Cuban government's extensive security apparatus in action. In a part of […]

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