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Pistorius Can Compete in Olympics, Is Writing Book

Things are really looking up for Oscar Pistorius: Now that he's been been found guilty only of culpable homicide, not murder, in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African Olympic committee says he can still represent the country in the Games, so long as doing so wouldn't...

Islam ‘not to blame’ insists ISIS victim’s brother

The brother of British hostage David Haines murdered by Islamist militants issued Sunday a tearful video statement about growing religious radicalization in which he quoted a verse from the Quran. “We are seeing more and more radicalization in every walk of life. Show More Summary

ISIS' New Recruiting Targets: American Women?

America may now be at war with ISIS, but a handful of Americans are joining up with the Islamic extremist group—and not all of them are men. US law enforcement is looking into a recent spate of women allegedly seeking to join the jihad, Reuters reports. In the past...

North Korea Sentences American to 6 Years

North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced Matthew Miller, a US citizen, to six years with labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit an act of espionage. The court said today that the 24-year-old Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport when he...

British PM vows justice after ‘act of pure evil’

British Prime Minister David Cameron said this weekend that the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State militants was an “act of pure evil” and vowed to “hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice.”...Show More Summary

Ohio University filibuster: harangue or free speech?

Observing the confrontation Wednesday night between filibustering pro-Israel students at Ohio University and Student Senate president Megan Marzec, who has stood up unapologetically for Palestine, Susie Kneedler saw a lot of chargedShow More Summary

Obama to announce plan to beat Ebola

US to deploy 3,000 US troops to afflicted African region and reallocate $500m for humanitarian mission.

Thailand Erases Ex-PM From Textbooks

In the Thai calendar, this is the year 2557—but you could be forgiven for thinking it was 1984. The generals who have been running the country since May's military coup have not only banned elections and sought to purge the government of people loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin...

Turkey would welcome Muslim Brotherhood figures who leave Qatar: Erdogan

Turkey would welcome senior figures from Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after they were asked to leave Qatar under pressure from other Gulf Arab states, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying late on Monday. A senior...Show More Summary

China and the Middle East: Embarking on a Strategic Approach

By James M. Dorsey As the United States becomes embroiled in yet another military intervention in the Middle East, China is embarking on a long-term approach to the region that would secure its access to resources and trade, and enable cooperation with the US on Chinese terms. Show More Summary

US warns Syrian regime not to mess with US mission

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, a senior Obama administration official said Monday. Officials also told Fox News that the U.S. Show More Summary

700 migrants feared dead after human traffickers ‘deliberately sank the boat’

As many as 700 would-be asylum seekers are feared dead after a group of human traffickers allegedly sank their boat in the Mediterranean, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday, citing surviving witnesses. The dreadful details of the shipwreck were told by two Palestinians, who were saved by a freighter boat Thursday. Show More Summary

An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodoe is an influential Buddhist teacher at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Tibet. His article which addresses the relation between language and identity and urges for the preservation of Tibetan language was posted on an official educational website for Tibetan middle schools on July 4, 2014. High Peaks...

Sex Offender Granted Right to Die

Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he...

One Man's Response to Chinese Communist Party-Style Patriotism: Here, Have a Chrysanthemum

In traditional Chinese culture, Chrysanthemums are an for offering to the dead. In popular online usage, it also means "ass kissing."

Sectarian divide hampers U.S. effort to build anti I.S. coalition

U.S. efforts to build a broad coalition to combat Islamic State on Monday ran straight into the sectarian chasm that has divided the Middle East for centuries, with Arab allies disagreeing over whether Iraq’s neighbors—particularly Iran and Syria—should have a role in any military campaign. Show More Summary

US Strike Near Baghdad Marks New Phase in Fight

An American airstrike in Iraq yesterday was the 162nd since early August—but unlike the previous 161, this one took place near Baghdad and marked what Central Command calls the start of "our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions," the Guardian reports. The strike was in...

US expands scope of Iraq mission, bombs I.S. near Baghdad

US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions...Show More Summary

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