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Why President Rouhani is supporting thousands of Iranian protesters

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Anger and outrage had been growing for months in Iran over a string of acid attacks targeting women. This week, those emotions erupted into the streets, with about 2,000 people condemning the attacks in front of the city of Isfahan's judiciary building on Wednesday and dozens of protesters assembling in front of Tehran's parliament. There have been at least eight acid […]

Map: Sweden’s hunt for a mysterious submarine

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As the country's top military commander put it the other day, Sweden's strange and worrying hunt for an alleged submarine is "f---ed up." There have been at least five sightings since late last week of what is thought to be a foreign submarine in Swedish waters, prompting the country's biggest anti-submarine operation since the end of the […]

Pakistan has lots of problems. Now add cannibalism.

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As fright-seekers in the United States prepare for Halloween, lawmakers in Pakistan are working to try to prevent their country from producing the world’s next real horror story. Until now, there has been no law in Pakistan against cannibalism, a fact that has fueled persistent rumors of crazed residents roaming cemeteries and streets searching for […]

‘Spice’: The new drug craze that is killing people in Russia

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It is cheap and looks like marijuana, but it can have a lethal impact: the drug "spice" is making headlines in Russia. As of Oct. 7, there had been at least two dozen deaths and 700 people hospitalized, according to Viktor Ivanov, the director of Russia's Federal Narcotics Service. The drug is made up of […]

Tensions flare along Iran and Pakistan’s dusty border

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We're accustomed to reports of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. So too the almost routine exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani soldiers stationed across one of the world's militarized borders, where skirmishes have led to more than a dozen deaths this past month. But hostilities have flared this week along a more forgotten frontier: Pakistan's long […]

How Ebola is fueling prejudice against gays

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The victims of the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa aren't just the ones who contracted the virus. The infrastructure of whole nations are at breaking point; hospitals and doctors are being pushed to the breaking point. Many Africans traveling to the U.S., or at least intending to, have faced shameful racism from institutions and […]

What the world thinks of the American Ebola panic

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The American panic about Ebola hasn't made headlines just in the United States. It's also gotten attention abroad — and many foreign broadcasters and newspapers have criticized the American reaction in harsh terms. Here's a roundup of...Show More Summary

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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