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10 foreign Christmas traditions that Americans might want to adopt

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. But it's also among the most diverse and varies from country to country. Here are a few traditions WorldViews thinks the U.S. should consider adopting — even though some might seem quite strange to Americans. In central Europe, many towns set up cozy Christmas villages with mulled wine […]

Birth control as ‘treason?’ The logic behind the Turkish president’s latest controversy

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Over the past few months, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a number of provocative statements. At times, he has pushed what appeared to be a socially conservative agenda; telling a conference that dealt with women's rights that women could not be equal to men in November, for example. At other points, he appeared […]

5 insights into the mind of Sudan’s President Bashir, an accused war criminal

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

My colleague Kevin Sieff recently sat down with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in what was Bashir's first interview with an American media outlet in four years. Bashir, 70, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for his role in the genocide in Darfur, a restive Sudanese region where violence has displaced half a million people this year alone. The […]

Pizza, hedgehogs and shoes: The least pressing emergency calls to a British police department

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Police in Manchester, England, want residents to stop calling the emergency line for problems that are decidedly not emergencies. Oh, you want an example? How about four? The department released the audio of four different calls to 999 — the equivalent to 911 in the United States — that feature disputes over a vending machine,  a store's return policy […]

Why the Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal may be a disaster

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Monday, Nicaraguan dignitaries and officials from a Hong Kong-based consortium inaugurated what could be the most ambitious infrastructure project in the Western Hemisphere. The planned Grand Canal of Nicaragua would span 172 miles across the Central American nation, cutting through Lake Nicaragua, the region's largest freshwater reservoir. Show More Summary

The strange story of the ‘first Westerner’ to report from the Islamic State

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Over the past few days, the remarkable story of Jürgen Todenhöfer, a German author who traveled to areas of Iraq and Syria held by the Islamic State, has captivated international media. Todenhöfer has received coverage from outlets such as CNN and the BBC, and he has been dubbed the "first western journalist to be given access to […]

A Coca Cola factory is coming to Gaza

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

One of the most controversial aspects of Israel's policy on Gaza is economic: A blockade of the Palestinian territory began in 2007 after Hamas gained control of the region. Most experts agree that it has had a dramatic effect on life in the region (over the summer, the Economist said the siege had made Gaza "the world's […]

Can Pakistan finally give up the ‘good Taliban’?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In the aftermath of last week's brutal terrorist attack by the Taliban on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, which left 148 dead, the country's authorities responded with a firm, if heavy, hand. Pakistani officials dubbed the massacre a "mini-9/11," a tragic moment of reckoning in the country's history. "Terrorism and sectarianism are a cancer […]

Crossword: What in the world, in 2014

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

From the rise of Islamic State to the unending chaos in Ukraine and the deadly spread of Ebola, a series of big news events defined 2014. Here at WorldViews, we put together questions from some of the events, big and small, that made headlines, to test how closely you've been following the news this year. If […]

Australia’s prime minister gets accused of sexism, again

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott did it again. He is "under fire" for allegedly sexist remarks delivered while defending his record of reforms and cuts. In the wake of a cabinet reshuffle to boost his flagging government (and low approval ratings), Abbott hailed the success of his controversial repeal of the country's carbon tax, a move […]

The verdant landscapes of Iceland, through a new lens

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

(NOTE: To interact with the photos, click on different elements in the frame in the foreground, midground and background.) From Skaftafell National Park, a climber takes in a view of Hvannadalshnukur, Iceland's highest peak (6,923 ft.). Although covered in ice, the peak is on the rim of the summit crater of the Oraefajokull volcano, the […]

A Muslim bride placed her wedding bouquet at the Sydney hostage crisis memorial. The crowd cheered.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Manal Kassem, 23, was still dressed in her elaborate floor-length wedding gown, a veil and a hijab when she walked over to the sea of flowers in front of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney on Sunday. Days earlier, an Iranian-born gunman had taken 17 people hostage inside the store. The police operation to free them left the gunman […]

Map: The spread of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

There are rarely good years, but 2014 has been a particularly dreadful one in the annals of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. U.S.-led talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed before the start of summer. Then, hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas exploded into a full-blown war that led to more than 2,000 deaths and […]

Remembering the tsunami disaster, 10 years later

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Swimming in the waters off Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004, Michael Dobbs thought the day couldn’t get any better. “It was the most idyllic, peaceful day that you could imagine,” Dobbs said. The former Washington Post reporter and his family were vacationing on Taprobane, the private island that his brother, hotelier Geoffrey Dobbs, purchased […]

North Korea’s legacy of terrorism goes far beyond hacking

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

A disastrous hack of Sony Pictures and the subsequent cancellation of "The Interview" has rightly been taken as a sign of the growing threat of cyberwarfare in the modern age. Many observers now wonder whether North Korea's actions (assuming it really is North Korea) constitute some new form of online terrorism. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia. Really.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011. "Yes, such an invitation was sent," confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking […]

Egyptian jihadists thank U.S. State Department for ‘terrorist’ designation

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department designated Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, as a terrorist organization. Not long thereafter, the jihadists responded on the group's official Twitter account, thanking the U.S. for this "blessing." The U.S. Show More Summary

Watch: Indian official’s tirade goes viral

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

An amateur video showing a district magistrate in India lashing out at municipal workers and engineers for using substandard materials in road construction has become an instant online phenomenon. The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows B. Show More Summary

Saudi cleric pays price for showing his wife’s face

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's Sheik Ahmed al-Ghamedi appeared on "Badria," a talk show shown on Dubai-based satellite television channel MDC. During the show, the Islamic cleric told viewers that women were not required to wear a full niqab and could also wear beauty products. Show More Summary

Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country's long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries. A public ceremony marked the memorial's opening on […]

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