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China Issues “Guide for Civilized Tourism” China Issues “Guide for Civilized Tourism”
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In China, general etiquette just became a law, specifically when you’re planning to travel. CNN reports that a massive tourism law went into effect on October 1 that aims to combat the perception of Chinese travelers behaving unpleasantly. The law …

Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters …

Navy SEALs Somalia Assault Raises Strategic Questions Navy SEALs Somalia Assault Raises Strategic Questions
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Yesterday, Navy SEAL Team Six raided an al-Shabaab HQ in Barawe, Somalia. Although none of the SEALs were killed in the assault, a series of conflicting reports about the raid’s target were released, some of which claiming the individual was …

Iranian Spy Case: Israel Shows Off Captured Spy Iranian Spy Case: Israel Shows Off Captured Spy

Reuters reported yesterday that Israeli courts heard the case of an Iranian spy on Monday, which some analysts are suggesting represents an effort by Israel to discredit new relations between Iran and the United States. The spy has been identified …

Mali Explosion Caused by Suicide Bombers in Kidal Mali Explosion Caused by Suicide Bombers in Kidal
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The AP reported this morning that an explosion rocked a UN World Food Programme storage facility in the town of Kidal in northern Mali. Two civilians died in the attacks and seven others were wounded by shrapnel. The targeted building …

United States & Iran Hold First Talks in 3 Decades United States & Iran Hold First Talks in 3 Decades
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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the United States and Iran held the highest level of talks in 36 years. The topic of conversation: Tehran’s nuclear program, enriched Uranium, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The meeting was held …

China Buys 3 Million Hectares of Ukrainian Farmland China Buys 3 Million Hectares of Ukrainian Farmland

Reuters reported on Sunday that the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps has signed an agreement with the Ukrainian farming firm KSG Agro that would net 3 million hectares worth of farmland to be used to feed Chinese consumers. Increasing food …

Edward Snowden’s Russian Adventure: ‘Fearful’ Edward Snowden’s Russian Adventure: ‘Fearful’

Edward Snowden is, to some, the most interesting man in the world for a variety of reasons. Yet Snowden is made infinitely more fascinating by his mystique; whatever opinions one might hold about him, nobody really knows anything about how …

Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood
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Slate published a story this week that may turn a few heads with the release of the new iPhone iterations: the biggest manufacturing trade group in the United States is in the midst of a court battle with the Securities …

Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned

USA Today reported this morning that an Egyptian Court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a political organization and as a community organization. Authorities will be expected to seize all of its assets in an upcoming crackdown against Islamists in …

Nairobi Westgate Mall: Islamists Kill 25 Nairobi Westgate Mall: Islamists Kill 25

Islamists around the world are staging coordinated attacks with increasing regularity. Yesterday saw a series of coordinated attacks on the Arabian peninsula, and today sees al-Qaeda affiliated militants seizing a shopping mall, killing dozens and injuring 40. Witnesses say that …

AQAP Stages Suicide Car Bombing, Kills 38 Yemenis AQAP Stages Suicide Car Bombing, Kills 38 Yemenis
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The AP via USA Today reported earlier today that al-Qaeda militants in Yemen launched a coordinated attack on a military barracks in the southern part of the country called Shabwa province. 38 soldiers were killed in the attacks and dozens …

Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz

The BBC reported this morning that fighting between some of the rebel groups has come to a grinding halt in the town of Azaz. Militants linked to al-Qaeda and fighting under the banner of “The Islamic State of Iraq and …

Ottawa Train Crashes into Double-Decker, Kills Six Ottawa Train Crashes into Double-Decker, Kills Six

Tragic news out of Canada: the CBC reported that an Ottawa city bus crashed with a Via passenger train leaving five men and one woman dead. The scene has been cleared, and officials have removed the bus for investigation. The …

John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru
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Last weekend, John McCain made it clear he intended to write a counterpoint to Vladimir Putin’s viral NYT column, and that he wanted that piece published by Pravda. The internet teased McCain because of his outdated worldview (let’s face it: …

French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The BBC reported this morning that the French Parliament has voted on a bill that would make beauty pageantry illegal for participants under the age of 16. The vote passed the French Senate 196-146, and the ban will be headed …

South Korea Greenlights “Invisible” Skyscraper Construction Project South Korea Greenlights “Invisible” Skyscraper Construction Project
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The U.S.-based architectural firm GDS Architects has been granted approval by the South Korean government to build the Infinity Tower, a glass-encased skyscraper that will be the third highest observation deck in the world and will include a sophisticated system …

George Stephanopoulos talks to President Obama George Stephanopoulos talks to President Obama

President Barack Obama went mano-a-mano with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News segment “This Week” to talk about what will certainly be a defining moment for the Obama presidency: the handling of the Syrian chemical weapons quandary. Stephanopoulos spoke with …

John McCain: I’ll Reply to Putin’s NYT Op-Ed in Pravda John McCain: I’ll Reply to Putin’s NYT Op-Ed in Pravda

For the first time in history, one world leader will respond to another world leader via newspaper columns in their respective nations and languages. Vladimir Putin penned a NYT column last week that discussed U.S. foreign policy with regard to …

Putin Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Talks Foreign Policy Putin Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Talks Foreign Policy
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The “bad boy” president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has a message for the American people, and in a conveniently timed viral column that The New York Times published on September 11, Putin bypasses political pleasantries and gets right to business. …

Zamboanga Hostages: Islamist Rebels Engaged Standoff Zamboanga Hostages: Islamist Rebels Engaged Standoff

In what appears to be an ongoing episode of violence, the AP is reporting that Islamist rebels associated with the Moro National Liberation Front in the Philippines has assaulted a series of coastal towns and taken a bunch of hostages. …