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2 hours ago WorldViews: Russia’s war on McDonald’s takes aim at the Filet-o-Fish

Russia said earlier this week that it had no intention of answering Western sanctions by making it harder for Western companies to conduct business in Russia.

But all bets are off, apparently, when you threaten the Russian waistline.

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2 hours ago WorldViews: Beneath the conflict in Gaza lies the death of the two-state solution

It is not that controversial to suggest that the two-state solution — the mantra intoned for decades now by U.S. politicians when speaking of peace between Israelis and Palestinians — is dead. Indeed, a flurry of recent articles and commentary have all said as much.

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2 hours ago WorldViews: Scenes from Iraq: ‘Death would be better than this life.’

The coffin of a 19-year-old was lifted high on the shoulders of his loved ones and carried down his street, where a hanging banner urged young men to answer the call to wage jihad against Sunni insurgents.

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2 hours ago WorldViews: Today’s lunch special in the Vatican cafeteria: Pope Francis!

Popes: They're just like us!

Pope Francis wandered into the Vatican's employee canteen "like a thunderbolt out of the blue" Friday  after apparently deciding that he'd like to eat lunch alongside the Vatican's staff.

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2 hours ago Violence spreads across West Bank; Israel balks at Kerry’s cease-fire proposal

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Violence spread across the West Bank on Friday, as Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza broke out in several areas, highlighting the increasing restlessness of the occupied territory.

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5 hours ago United States could do more to intercept militants, Pakistan says

U.S. forces in Afghanistan and their Afghan allies, have failed to intercept Taliban and other militants fleeing across the border from an ongoing Pakistani military offensive, a senior Pakistani official said Thursday.

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5 hours ago After a Malaysian plane is shot down in Ukraine, grief and outrage ripple worldwide

This story was written by Marc Fisher and reported by Michael Birnbaum, Annie Gowen, Todd C. Frankel, Karen DeYoung, Karoun Demirjian and A. Odysseus Patrick.

PETROPAVLOVKA, Ukraine — Lidiya Goryushko had sold her cows’ milk, cream and cheese at the nearby village market. She hurried home to feed her rowdy flock of ducks. Then she heard a sharp sound, an explosion and a roar that would not stop.

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5 hours ago Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent

Iran confirmed Friday that The Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran has been arrested on unspecified charges.

Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, director general of the Tehran Province Justice Department, told reporters that the “Washington Post journalist has been detained for some questions and after technical investigations, the judiciary will provide details on the issue,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

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5 hours ago Ukraine’s parliament adjourns without accepting premier’s resignation

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament adjourned for a two-week break Friday without accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, creating uncertainty about who holds the key position at a critical moment in Ukraine’s offensive against separatists in the east.

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5 hours ago Displaced by anti-Taliban military operation, Pakistani Pashtun poets revive their craft

BANNU, Pakistan — For more than five centuries, poets in remote northwestern Pakistan have recited verses about the area’s mountainous scenery, their tribal culture and love.

That all changed as Islamist militants tightened their hold on Pakistan’s tribal regions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Taliban and its allies quickly crushed the poets’ words and spirits. They were warned not to write phrases that referred to women or serenity and instead ordered to compose jihadist messages of war, brutality and conformity.

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5 hours ago WorldViews: Israel calls Brazil a ‘diplomatic dwarf’ — and then brings up World Cup humiliation

In a statement on Wednesday, Brazil condemned what it said was a  "disproportionate use of force" by Israel in its Gaza Strip offensive by pulling out its ambassador from Tel Aviv for "consultation." The country is the second country to recall its ambassador from Israel; Ecuador did so earlier in the week.

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8 hours ago State media promoting China’s leader Xi with intensity unseen since Mao era

BEIJING — For decades, China has shunned the cult of personality, a result of the tumultuous years when Mao Zedong elevated his personal brand to mythic proportions.

But state worship of leaders appears to be making a comeback, according to a new study by University of Hong Kong media researchers. They say China’s state-controlled media have been promoting the image of President Xi Jinping with a frequency and intensity unseen since the Mao era.

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8 hours ago Kerry presents Gaza cease-fire proposal to Israel and proxies for Hamas

GAZA CITY — Secretary of State John F. Kerry presented his proposal for a Gaza cease-fire to Israel and proxies for Hamas on Friday, seeking to curtail the violence that is now threatening to spread to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

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17 hours ago Iraq’s Kurds want U.S. help to hold off Islamic State extremists

IRBIL, Iraq — Each day, Kurdish security forces­ in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their new, nearly 650-mile border. The Kurds have held their own so far. But without new arms supplies or financial assistance, their fight is unsustainable, a senior Kurdish official said.

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17 hours ago At least 16 killed in attack on Gaza school, sparking massive protests in West Bank

GAZA CITY — It was one of the worst scenes so far in a war that has put civilians in the cross hairs. An elementary school packed with hundreds of Palestinian evacuees seeking shelter under U.N. protection came under heavy fire Thursday, leaving 16 people dead and more than 100 wounded, including women, children and infants.

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17 hours ago After a Malaysian plane is shot down in Ukraine, grief and outrage ripple worldwide

This story was written by Marc Fisher and reported by Michael Birnbaum, Annie Gowen, Todd C. Frankel, Karen DeYoung, Karoun Demirjian and A. Odysseus Patrick.

PETROPAVLOVKA, Ukraine — Lidiya Goryushko had sold her cows’ milk, cream and cheese at the nearby village market. She hurried home to feed her rowdy flock of ducks. Then she heard a sharp sound, an explosion and a roar that would not stop.

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20 hours ago European court finds Poland complicit in CIA ‘torture,’ orders detainee compensation

Europe’s top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland allowed the CIA to detain two terrorism suspects at a secret prison on its territory where they were exposed to “torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.”

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20 hours ago Ukraine’s prime minister resigns as coalition falls apart

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, creating new uncertainty in his nation at a crucial moment in its military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east.

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20 hours ago Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran

Three American citizens, including The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday.

Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said the newspaper has received “credible reports” that correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained Tuesday evening in Tehran. It is unclear who detained them or why.

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20 hours ago At least 16 killed in attack on Gaza school, sparking massive protests in West Bank

GAZA CITY — It was one of the worst scenes so far in a war that has put civilians in the crosshairs. An elementary school packed with hundreds of Palestinian evacuees seeking shelter under U.N. protection came under heavy fire Thursday, leaving 16 people dead and more than 100 wounded, including women, children and infants.

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23 hours ago Iraq’s Kurds want U.S. help to hold off Islamic State extremists

IRBIL, Iraq — Each day, Kurdish security forces­ in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their ??? new, nearly 650-mile border. The Kurds have held their own so far. But without fresh arms supplies or financial assistance their fight is unsustainable, a senior Kurdish official said.

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23 hours ago WorldViews: There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under cont

At this very moment, a Russian satellite full of geckos -- (possibly) having sex -- is floating around in space -- and mission control has lost the ability to control it.

The Foton-M4 research satellite launched on July 19 with five geckos on board. The plan: To observe their mating activities in the zero-gravity conditions of Earth orbit. Several other earthly creatures, including plants and insects, were also placed on board for experiments.

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23 hours ago WorldViews: Could Syria’s Islamist fighters hit Europe?

Norway's security police announced on Thursday that the country was facing an imminent terror threat. “The PST [Norway's Police Security Service] recently received information that individuals affiliated with an extreme Islamist group in Syria may have the intention of carrying out a terrorist action in Norway,” a statement posted to the PST's Web site reads, adding that the attack would most likely be "carried out shortly — probably in a few days."

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Yesterday WorldViews: Reaction to shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency school filled with Palestinian refugees was shelled by Israeli tanks, according to initial reports.

Many of the victims were women and children.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Why do some Indians have such a hard time being proud of Sania Mirza?

She is India's top-ranked female tennis player. She played at the Wimbledon championship this year. She was the most Googled female tennis player in the world in 2010.

And now Sania Mirza, 27, is being called the "daughter-in-law of Pakistan."

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Yesterday WorldViews: Gazan who shot local version of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ is not happy

In April, Gaza showed that it was "Happy." A local videographer helped the Palestinian enclave join the global trend of people dancing and smiling to the tune of Pharrell Williams' inexorably catchy song. In the video, ordinary Gazans dance, clap and goof around in various locales across the territory. It's sweet and utterly banal, which is part of the point of the whole phenomenon.

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Yesterday WorldViews: A reminder of what has been happening in Mali

The reported disappearance of Air Algerie-operated flight AH5017 en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has led to renewed interest in one troubled nation that the plane may have been flying over before it disappeared: Mali.

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Yesterday Ukraine’s prime minister resigns as coalition falls apart

KIEV, Ukraine — Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned as Ukraine’s prime minister Thursday after the ruling coalition in parliament collapsed, accusing lawmakers of imperiling the nation by putting politics above urgent needs during wartime.

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Yesterday Shells hit U.N.-run school sheltering evacuees in Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY — A U.N.-run school crowded with Palestinian evacuees in the northern part of the Gaza Strip came under shelling on Thursday, leaving at least 15 people dead and as many as 200 wounded, Palestinian officials said.

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Yesterday Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran

Three American citizens, including The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday.

Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said the newspaper has received “credible reports” that correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained Tuesday evening in Tehran. It is unclear who detained them or why.

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