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In Pakistan, Dad Sentenced to Death for ‘Honor Killing’ of Daughter

Farzana Parveen was beaten to death in broad daylight outside the high court in the city of Lahore

Bill Cosby's shows axed over 'sexual assault'

Move by NBC and TV Land follows allegations by a string of women that US comedian sexually assaulted them.

Torturer on the Ballot

Michigan’s First Congressional District is cold enough to freeze spit. Half of it is disconnected from the rest of Michigan and tacked onto the top of Wisconsin. A bit of it is further north than that, but rumored to be inhabited nonetheless. In the recent Congressional elections, incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Benishek was reelected to [...]

Another Domino Falls: Spanish Parliament votes to Recognize Palestine

Euronews: “Spanish MPs have urged their government to recognise the Palestinian state. The a non-binding resolution presented by the socialists won the backing of all the political groups of the lower house,…

In Iran, US Choice is a Negotiated Peace Now or the Risk of War

By Carlyn Meyer In 2012, Israeli PM Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly with a cartoon representation of an “Iranian bomb.” It was filled with red paint (uranium) up to a…

How human-emitted Carbon Dioxide Circulates in Earth’s Atmosphere (NASA)

NASA Goddard | — “An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in…

How German TV covers climate change: interviews scientist respectfully, disses denialist Politicians

DW | – “We are joined by Martin Cames who heads the Energy and Climate Division at the Institute for Applied Ecology in Berlin. He talks about the new synthesis report released…

The Historical Drivers of Modern Day Developments in Iraq (Cole Interview)

By Juan Cole, interviewed by Bassam Haddad Bassam Haddad, a prominent Syria specialist at George Mason University, interviewed me this fall for the new web radio program Status Hour, on the…

6 more French fighter jets join fight against ISIS

France’s defense minister said Wednesday the country will send an additional six fighter jets to aid the battle against extremists from the Islamic State group, Reuters news agency reported. Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the reinforcements in comments to the French parliament. The French Defense Ministry says there are 12 French aircraft already in the region […]

Obama and Iran: A rendezvous with history or failure?

By: Joyce Karam Looking back at 1979, former President Jimmy Carter recently said on CNBC: “I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians.” It was Iran that cut short the legacy of an American President with the hostage crisis and it is Iran […]

Jerusalem violence: Fear of deadly ‘religious war’ between Jews and Muslims

JERUSALEM —Israelis and Palestinians expressed fear Wednesday that their decades-old conflict was moving beyond the traditional nationalist struggle between two peoples fighting for their homelands and spiraling into a raw and far-reaching religious confrontation between Jews and Muslims. Show More Summary

Chile court awards political prisoners $7.5m

State ordered to pay money to 30 former inmates held on a remote island during Pinochet military government.

UN blacklists Ansar al-Sharia armed group

Arms embargo, assets freeze and travel ban applied to al-Qaeda linked group in Libya, at request of US, UK and France.

Iraq’s anti-ISIS strategy ‘bearing fruit’: U.N. envoyThe massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group of 322 members of the Albu Nimr tribe spurred cooperation with the government in its campaign to defeat the militants, he said.

The new Iraqi government’s strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the U.N. envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay salaries, arm and train fighters from local tribes and communities and provide legal […]

It's Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets

Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.

ISIS Imposes Education Tax on Students

ISIS has announced monthly taxes on students attending schools and colleges in Iraq’s second-largest city, parents and a security official said Wednesday. Iraqi government schools have been state-funded since 1974. But parents in Mosul — which ISIS militants now control — have been told they must pay 25,000 Iraqi dinars (about $21) for every child […]

Dollar at seven-year high against yen

The dollar rose to seven-year highs against the Japanese yen on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve meeting released minutes contained no big surprises to make investors change their bets that the U.S. economy will keep strengthening. Fed policy makers wrestled with whether to nod to financial market volatility and a weakening global economy in their […]

It Is Time for an International Children's Court

LONDON -- It is now more than 200 days since 219 Nigerian girls were ambushed in the grounds of their school, kidnapped and forced into captivity by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This, and a hundred other violations of children's rights...Show More Summary

Deadly snowstorm hits parts of New York state

At least seven people killed as severe cold continues to grip northeastern US and Canada.

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