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1 hour ago Afghanistan on edge as stepped-up Taliban attacks kill at least 6 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding scores more, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have put Afghans on edge, two months into the term of the new U.S.-backed government.

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1 hour ago Russian warships pass through English Channel, anchor off the coast of France

MOSCOW — Four Russian military ships sailed through the English Channel on Friday and dropped anchor alongside the coast of France, an incident that NATO called routine but still had resonance at a time of Cold War-level tensions between Russia and the West.

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4 hours ago WorldViews: Spain’s Real Madrid drops cross from logo to appease Gulf sponsors

Spanish soccer heavyweight Real Madrid dropped the Christian cross affixed at the top of its  official crest after signing a lucrative sponsorship deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. At an unveiling ceremony in the Gulf emirate earlier this week, the club's president, Florentino Perez, revealed a new credit card sponsored by the bank, which doubles as a Real Madrid club membership card. On the card, the club's iconic "Los Blancos" badge is missing the cross atop its royal crown.

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4 hours ago Afghanistan on edge as Taliban steps up attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding scores more, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have placed Afghans on edge two months into the term of the new U.S.-backed government.

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4 hours ago Russian warships pass through English Channel, anchor off coast of France and do exercises

MOSCOW — Four Russian military ships sailed through the English Channel on Friday and dropped anchor alongside the coast of France, an incident that NATO called routine but still had resonance at a time of Cold War-level tensions between Russia and the West.

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4 hours ago WorldViews: Watch: What Chernobyl looks like now — from a drone

The area around Ukraine's Chernobyl power plant, site of one of the world's most horrifying nuclear disasters, is the subject of endless fascination. Increasingly, adventurous tourists and scientists have come to the site, which was abandoned after a reactor in the Soviet facility exploded in 1986. Cloaked in both the trauma and the poison of the disaster, Chernobyl's surreal isolation has spurred the return of once imperiled species and the imagination of filmmakers.

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4 hours ago WorldViews: In 2004, I met an Afghan girl sold into an abusive marriage at age 9. This month, I set

Pekay was small, with a puffy nose and an infectious smile. That was the last memory I had of her, 10 years ago.

She was 13 back then, but she had already suffered a lifetime of misery.

When Pekay was 9, her impoverished family sold her into marriage to a man old enough to be her grandfather. They needed to pay their rent — $80, a princely sum at the time — and so their landlord became Pekay’s husband. He brutalized her, so severely that she contemplated suicide.

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4 hours ago At least 81 people killed in Nigerian mosque attack; Boko Haram militants suspected

KANO, Nigeria — Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshipers Friday at the main mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, killing at least 81 people in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants, officials and witnesses said. No group, however, has taken credit for the attack.

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7 hours ago Syria, U.S. attack same Syrian city, then trade barbs

BEIRUT — Damascus and Washington traded public jabs after warplanes from both countries carried out independent and lethal air raids this week on a city in eastern Syria that is under the control of the Islamic State.

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7 hours ago WorldViews: Bargains and brawls: Britain embraces Black Friday

LONDON -- Britons are famously experts at queuing, but scenes on Friday proved they are also very good at stampeding into stores and trampling all over each other in the rush for a good deal.

Of all the American traditions to gain traction in Britain in recent years -- many celebrated Thanksgiving this year as my colleague Daniela Deane pointed out -- British retailers are probably most grateful for “Black Friday.”

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7 hours ago WorldViews: Saudi Arabia says 12 percent of its ‘rehabilitated’ terrorists have returned to terror

It's often argued that the people who commit acts of terrorism are troubled and vulnerable individuals. In Saudi Arabia, the government takes that thinking further: In 2004, it set up a high profile "rehabilitation" system for terrorists which hoped to deradicalize them through religious education and psychological counseling.

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7 hours ago WorldViews: Spain’s Real Madrid drops cross from logo to appease Gulf sponsors

Spanish soccer heavyweight Real Madrid dropped the Christian cross affixed at the top of its  official crest after signing a lucrative sponsorship deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. At an unveiling ceremony in the Gulf emirate earlier this week, the club's president, Florentino Perez, revealed a new credit card sponsored by the bank, which doubles as Real Madrid club membership card. On the card, the club's iconic "Los Blancos" badge is missing the cross atop its royal crown.

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7 hours ago WorldViews: Watch: The world’s largest Christmas lights display

Australia is definitely beaming with holiday spirit.

The country's capital, Canberra, has a tradition of stringing Christmas lights at a shopping center, but this year, the city managed to set a world record with a display of about 1.2 million LED lights, beating out Uzbekistan's 2012 record by almost 200,000 bulbs.

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7 hours ago 6 killed as insurgent attacks continue in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding scores more, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have placed Afghans on edge two months into the term of the new US-backed government.

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10 hours ago 4 killed as insurgent attacks continue in Afghanistan

KABUL — Insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan Friday, killing at least four and wounding scores, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have placed Afghans on edge two months into the term of the new U.S.-backed government.

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10 hours ago Yomiuri, Japan’s biggest newspaper, apologizes for using term ‘sex slaves’

TOKYO — Japan’s biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, has apologized to its readers for using the term “sex slaves” and “other inappropriate expressions” to describe the women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II.

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10 hours ago WorldViews: North Korea response to ‘plot-breeding’ U.N. report gets even weirder

The official statements coming out of North Korea’s incomparable, state-run Korean Central News Agency are often so over-the-top and use such florid turns of phrase that they sometimes seem like they’re straight out of The Onion.

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10 hours ago Russian warships pass through English Channel, anchor off coast of France and do exercises

MOSCOW — Four Russian military ships on Friday sailed through the English Channel and dropped anchor alongside the coast of France, an incident that NATO called routine but still had resonance at a time of Cold War-level tensions between Russia and the West.

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10 hours ago WorldViews: Why do nearly 40 percent of Germans endorse Russia’s annexation of Crimea?

Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea has found supporters in an unlikely country: Last Sunday, an opinion poll in Germany found that nearly 40 percent of the country's population accept the move.

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Today 4 killed as insurgent attacks continue in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan Friday, killing at least four and wounding scores, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have placed Afghans on edge two months into the term of the new U.S.-backed government.

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Today Sarkozy shifts right, but will French voters shift away?

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France — Two years after losing the Élysée Palace to the Socialists, Nicolas Sarkozy is seeking to mount a historic comeback by swinging further to the political right.

In the United States, the tea party revolution may be cooling. But in Europe, Sarkozy’s shift is a sign of the times. He and other European conservatives have found themselves caught more than ever in a political no man’s land: the territory between their traditional opponents on the left and the rising fortunes of the far right.

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Today Yomiuri, Japan’s biggest newspaper, apologizes for using term ‘sex slaves’

TOKYO — Japan’s biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, has apologized to its readers for using the term “sex slave” and “other inappropriate expressions” to describe the women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II.

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22 hours ago Lebanese Sunnis who fought in Syria’s war are returning home radicalized

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — The black-and-white flags of al-
Qaeda’s wing in Syria still flutter over this impoverished city in northern Lebanon. And the anger that fueled a major clash last month involving Sunni extremists still simmers underneath a shaky calm.

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22 hours ago Suicide bomber in Kabul targets British; 6 dead

KABUL — A suicide bomber attacked a British Embassy ­vehicle in the eastern part of the Afghan capital Thursday morning, killing six, including a ­British citizen, and injuring more than 30, according to law enforcement officials.

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22 hours ago U.S. seeks to build lean Iraqi force to fight the Islamic State

After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting its strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew.

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Yesterday

KABUL — A suicide bomber attacked a British Embassy ­vehicle in the eastern part of the Afghan capital Thursday morning, killing six, including a ­British citizen, and injuring more than 30, according to law enforcement officials.

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Yesterday WorldViews: In North Korea, another Kim rises to the top

Buried at the bottom of an official North Korean report published Thursday about Kim Jong Un’s visit to an animation studio, after the praise for the artists and the insight that cartoons are popular worldwide, was a rare kernel of real information.

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Yesterday WorldViews: British anti-immigration party mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral for a mosque

Over the past few years, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has become a big deal in British politics. Their anti-immigration policies and opposition to the European Union have won them two seats in the House of Parliament and may get them a few more if right-wing Conservative party members defect before next year's election. However, the party's critics say that the populism the UKIP espouses can lend itself to xenophobia or racism.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Heavy rains flood out the ruins of Gaza

GAZA CITY -- It has been raining hard for a week in the coastal enclave -- a blessing for farmers and parched aquifers, but a curse for those who lost their homes in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

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Yesterday Sierra Leone physician who treated doctor with Maryland ties is diagnosed with Ebola

The doctor who treated Martin Salia, the Sierra Leonean physican who died of Ebola last week after being transported to Omaha, has contracted the disease himself.

Komba Songu M’Briwa cared for Salia, his colleague and former professor, at Freetown’s Hastings Ebola Treatment Center before Salia, whose family lives in New Carrollton, was transported to the United States.

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