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Circus 'Pandas' Were Painted Dogs

With more paint and a couple of horses, they could have had zebras, too: A pair of chow chow puppies dyed black and white looked enough like pandas to fool visitors to a traveling circus near Milan, officials in Italy say. Forestry officials—who investigate many animal offenses in Italy—...

Hillary Clinton’s decision to support Iraq war was driven by Israel, Chris Matthews says

It used to be verboten to suggest that the Israel lobby helped drive the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. Now James Mann says as much of the neoconservatives. And Chris Matthews says the same of Hillary Clinton.

No, North Korea Did NOT Threaten to Blow Up the White House

Zachary Keck military, Asia-Pacific "The latest example of the Western media botching its coverage of North Korea came this weekend...." Western media outlets have been having a field day with North Korea’s response to “The Interview” movie in which Seth Rogen and James Franco’s characters’ assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Show More Summary

2014 in review: Aaron Connelly on Indonesia

Indonesia's election dominated news from Southeast Asia this year, and demonstrated the consolidation of the country's remarkable democratic transformation. Or did it? Aaron Connelly expresses some misgivings in the interview below. We also talk about President Jokowi's maritime doctrine, and his foreign policy ambitions.

U.S. military shot down MH370, claims ex- airline chief

A former airline boss and writer claims the U.S. downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because the military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. […]

Facebook Angers Russian Dissidents by Blocking Protest Page

The company blocked a page rallying opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the request of the government's Internet monitor

Kurdish offensive against ISIL gains momentum

Peshmerga forces have regained ground in northwestern Iraq, while Kurdish fighters also battle ISIL in Syria.

Poland Embracing Multi-Ethnic Past, So What's Wrong With Ukraine?

Despite its less than stellar attitude towards the Jews, Poland seems intent on coming to terms with its wartime past. Take for example the case of the provincial Polish town of Kutno, which stages impressive concerts of Jewish music. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

Judging from events, Ukraine has even now failed to come to terms with the legacy of the Second World War. Recently, spectators in Kiev were graced with a divisive sight: outside parliament, protesters clashed with police after legislators failed to support a bill recognizing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army or UPA. Show More Summary

New Navy Lasers a joke so is Israel’s Iron Dome. On Us we paid for the damm things

Four Israeli civilians – Israeli citizens, and a Thai worker – have been killed so far in the Gaza war. However, fewer civilians were killed during the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive in Gaza, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, before the missile defence system was operationally deployed.

Police statistics, Psychopaths and is Jeb Bush half the man half the Civil Rights crusader his father was?/s

The first President Bush at least had the courage to go against his own party despite the public perception of him being a wimp ( Doonesbury Cartoon Bush was a Waffle ). and tried the cops in the Rodney King case on Federal Charges. Something...Show More Summary

Taxi Ride Led to Months in Asian Prison for US Tourist

A US traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from prison. Stacey Addison, 41, of Portland was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into the Southeast Asia nation. The veterinarian was sharing a taxi with a stranger who asked the driver to stop the car...

Where Does Venezuela Fit in the New US-Cuba Love-in?

Cuba and its longtime foe the United States of America are growing closer politically, after a lifetime of acrimony. That leaves Havana's revolutionary ally and patron Venezuela looking worryingly friendzoned.

Libya soldiers killed in attack on oil ports

Rebels target Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra oil terminals with rockets from speedboats as 19 servicemen die repelling them.

Ongoing plight of Palestinian Christians

Yet again, Israel restricts the movement of Christians as they celebrate Christmas.

Britain's Top Gear Show Not So Top in Argentina After Falklands Gaffe

In October the BBC's Top Gear program exacerbated bad blood between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands when filming on location. The show they filmed airs this weekend.

Sudan expels two UN officials

Expulsion appears to be escalation of President Omar al-Bashir's move against UN activities in the country.

The Insurmountable Culture Gap

I'm currently sitting in a favela in the middle of Rio de Janiero. And let me tell you, there's nothing that can make you more aware of the specificity of your worldview than this. The streets are abuzz with activity, and not the kind you can find on an L.A. Show More Summary

Injuries in suspected arson on Swedish mosque

At least five people are injured after suspected arsonist set fire to a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna, police say.

Russia to N. Korea: Interview Freakout 'Understandable'

Russia is apparently no fan of Seth Rogen. A Foreign Ministry spokesman today came to the defense of North Korea's rage over The Interview, reports the AP, saying it was "quite understandable" given the content of the movie. Alexander Lukashevich also sent Washington a little Christmas slap in today's briefing,...

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