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China’s Coming Collapse?

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A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

Spread Of Ebola In Liberia Appears To Be Slowing

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There appears to be some good news on one of the main fronts in the fight against Ebola: WASHINGTON — The international response to West Africa’s Ebolaepidemic, coupled with more effective action by local communities, has stopped the exponential spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries, Liberia, the director of the Centers […]

Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

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The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

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Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

Early Elections Called in Japan

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Via the BBC:  Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an early election, two years ahead of schedule. At a news briefing, he said he would dissolve parliament later this week and was also delaying a planned but unpopular increase in sales tax. Mr Abe was […]

Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Implicated In Plot To Kill Robert Mugabe

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The Vice-President of Zimbabwe has been implicated in a plot to kill Robert Mugabe, the authoritarian ruler of that nation since the minority white government of what used to be Rhodesia gave up power: The deputy president of Zimbabwe has been linked to a plot to assassinate the country’s premier Robert Mugabe, according to a […]

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

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The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Putin Makes Waves At G-20 Summit Over Ukraine, Reportedly Leaving Early

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Vladimir Putin’s reception at the G-20 Summit in Australia has been less than warm thanks to recent events in Ukraine.

Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine Again, NATO Says

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The Ukraine crisis, which never really went away, is back,

APEC’s Silly Shirt Day, The Bizarre Tradition That Refuses To Die

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Yesterday’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting was marked by the return of odd tradition that has seemed to define these international conferences, a day that can only be called Silly Shirt Day: Every year at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, leaders from 21 Pacific Rim member states meet to discuss the big issues. This year, for […]

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 50 At Nigerian School

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 50 at a Nigerian school: A suicide bomber dressed as a student infiltrated the morning assembly at a high school in northern Nigeria on Monday and detonated explosives in a backpack, killing almost 50 students and teachers, according to news reports. Although there was no immediate claim of […]

Two Americans Released By North Korea After High Profile Visit

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Good news for two released Americans, but no clue what’s motivating North Korea’s latest actions.

Supreme Court To Decide If Congress Can Dictate Where Jerusalem Is

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The Supreme Court will decide if Congress can override American foreign policy when it comes to declaring who has dominion over Jerusalem.

Africa Ebola Map

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This “handy Ebola guide” is a must for anyone considering traveling to Africa:

Boko Haram Leader Says All Nigerian Schoolgirls Converted To Islam, Married Off

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The leader of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram says that all of the schoolgirls it kidnapped earlier this year are married off, presumably to much older men: MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to […]

Marijuana Legalization, Uruguay Style

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Via the BBC:  Uruguay cannabis growers’ clubs: Registration begins Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers’ clubs as part of the government’s plan to legalise the drug. Licensed clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to grow a maximum of 99 plants each year. In August, growing up to six plants of cannabis at […]

Coup in Burkina Faso

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Via the BBC: Army backs new Burkina Faso leader Isaac Zida Burkina Faso army chiefs have backed a military officer as transitional president. In a statement, the army said Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida was “chosen unanimously to lead the transition period”. This appears to end confusion over who has succeeded President Blaise Compaore, who stood […]

Two Claim To Lead Burkina Faso After Coup

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Two different leaders are claiming to be the leader of Burkina Faso after a military coup: Two military leaders have made competing claims that they’re in charge of Burkina Faso after unrest that led to the resignation of the West African nation’s longtime president. Both the nation’s top military chief, Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, and […]

Violent Protests in Burkina Faso

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Via the BBC:  Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze. The conflict is over an attempt to amend the constitution to allow the long-standing president to run for re-election: Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. [...] Mr Compaore first took power in a […]

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

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Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Chart Of The Day: Ebola In West Africa Edition

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While politicians in the United States worry about a grand total of one active Ebola cases in the United States, this chart from German Lopez at Vox shows that the disease continues on the march in western Africa: There are some indications that, at the very least, the worst case scenarios that W.H.O. and other […]

Kim Jong Un’s Absence Due To Foot Surgery, Report Claims

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Reports out of South Korea are claiming that Kim Jong Un’s month and a half long absence was due to foot surgery: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view aroused rumors that he was ill or deposed, or both, was recovering from surgery on his left […]

US, UK Declare Victory in Helmand and Go Home

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We’ve handed off operations in Helmand Province to the Afghanistan army.

World Health Organization: Ebola Cases In Africa Top 10,000

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The World Health Organization has upped the number of people known to be infected with Ebola in Africa to over 10,000: GENEVA — The number of people infected with Ebola in three West African countries has exceeded 10,000, the World Health Organization reported Saturday. A total of 10,141 people had contracted the disease worldwide, the […]

Darth Vader Running For Parliament In Ukraine

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Among the candidates in today’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine is a Dark Lord of the Sith: One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to […]

Shooting at the Canadian Parliament

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Via the BBC:  Shots fired inside Canada parliament “Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspect. The gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament. The […]

More Good Ebola News

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Via the BBC we find that : 1)  Nigeria has been declared Ebola free Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". Nigeria won praise […]

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

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The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

It’s Time To End The U.S. Embargo Of Cuba

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The U.S. embargo of Cuba, and our lack of diplomatic recognition of the government in Havana, is an outdated relic of the Cold War. It’s time to end it.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

North Korean Media Shows Kim Jong Un In Public For First Time In 40 Days

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After an abcense of more than a month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been shown appearing in public by the country’s media: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view generated speculation about his health and grip on power, has visited a housing project and […]

Trouble for Rousseff

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Via the BBC:  Brazil election: Silva backs Neves in blow for Dilma The Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva, who came third in Sunday’s presidential election, has backed opposition centrist candidate Aecio Neves in the second round. Mr Neves won 33.5% of the votes in the first round to 41.5% for President Dilma Rousseff, who is running […]

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

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So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

Where In The World Is Kim Jong Un?

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The mystery continues.

Sierra Leone Admits ‘Defeat’ In Ebola Fight, Allows Home Care Of The Infected

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Public health officials in Sierra Leone are admitting that the Ebola epidemic in that country is spreading faster than they are able to respond to it: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Acknowledging a major “defeat” in the fight against Ebola, international health officials battling the epidemic in Sierra Leone approved plans on Friday to help families […]

Liberia Suspends Elections In Wake Of Ebola Epidemic

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With various reports describing the nation in near collapse, Liberia is canceling its national elections as Ebola continues to ravage the nation: Monrovia (AFP) – Ebola-hit Liberia has suspended nationwide elections in the latest measure to combat an epidemic which has shut down society in three west African nations, restricting travel and forcing the cancellation […]

Government Cancels Hong Kong Talks As Popular Support For Protesters Wanes

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The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue, and may intensify, after efforts at talks between the protesters and ruling authorities collapsed: HONG KONG — The standoff between Hong Kong’s government and pro-democracy protesters intensified Thursday as the democrats demanded that the city’s top official be impeached over a multimillion-dollar payment from an Australian company and […]

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border

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A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Germany Promises Expanded Military Role But Its Military Isn’t Ready

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Germany’s new defense minister has promised a more robust role but lacks the ability to back her words with action.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine

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Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Run-off Time in Brazil

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Via the BBC:  Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff to face presidential run-off Brazilian incumbent Dilma Rousseff has won most votes in the country’s presidential election, but has fallen short of outright victory. She received about 41% of the vote and is set to face a run-off against centrist Aecio Neves, who got 34%, near complete official results […]

Something Afoot In North Korea?

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Once again, there’s speculation that something is up in the world’s most closed society.

The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

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In the current situation, speaking out forcefully as some are demanding can only do more harm than good.

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Hong Kong Rocked With Protests As China Tries To Limit Political Rights

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The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters upset over China’s efforts to control the city’s political future.

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during his visit to the Wonsan Shoe Factory

North Korea’s young, reclusive leader may be ill, because even the North Korean press is acknowledging that something is wrong: That Kim Jong-un is carrying a few extra pounds has been obvious since he became North Korea’s leader in late 2011. But speculation that his increasing weight – apparently partly due to a weakness for […]

After all, the Queen is a Dog Person

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Via the BBC:  David Cameron to apologise to Queen over ‘purred’ remark Speaking in New York, Mr Cameron told Mr Bloomberg he had phoned the Queen to tell her the result. “She purred down the line,” he said. “I’ve never heard someone so happy.”

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