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2 hours ago WorldViews: North Korea’s reaction to Ebola makes fears of a zombie apocalypse look rational

Turns out North Korea wasn’t kidding about protecting itself from Ebola. Kim Jong Un’s regime is not taking any chances when it comes to keeping out the virus — despite the fact that it’s happening half a world away and that North Korea is the most closed state in the world.

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5 hours ago Airstrikes against Islamic State do not seen to have affected flow of fighters to Syria

More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

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5 hours ago Israel blocks Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions after activist shot

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces temporarily sealed off one of Islam’s holiest sites Thursday in a rare move that reflected soaring tensions after a suspected Palestinian gunman tried to assassinate an ­American-Israeli activist who advocates greater Jewish access to the contested religious ground.

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5 hours ago WorldViews: Why Burkina Faso’s attempt to topple a long-serving leader matters

The current crisis in Burkina Faso largely comes down to one fact: Blaise Compaoré, the president of the landlocked West African state, came to power in a 1987 coup d'etat, and -- despite a 2000 constitutional amendment that limits presidents to two five-year terms -- he has led the country ever since.

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5 hours ago WorldViews: Chart: Asia is the most optimistic part of the world

The chart above, part of a slew of new data released by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, reflects one of the results of a survey regarding the population moods in a range of countries around the world. Populations in developing countries in Asia and Africa are far more optimistic about their future than their Middle East equivalents.

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5 hours ago Ukraine, Russia sign deal to end natural gas cut-off ahead of winter

MOSCOW — Russia agreed Thursday to resume selling natural gas to Ukraine, ending a cutoff that had threatened to leave Ukrainian households shivering as winter approached.

The stopgap deal will secure critical energy supplies for Ukraine through March and will also help assure European countries that their own natural gas supply will not be disrupted during chilly winter months. Russia cut off gas to Ukraine in June, following a price dispute and months of geopolitical turmoil.

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8 hours ago Looters raid Jordanian crypts in search of gold, jewels and artifacts

The tomb-raiders no longer even wait for night to fall before they loot the ancient crypts.

In recent weeks, grave-robbers here dug into 2,000-year-old tombs right in front of a house rented by archaeologists. Dozens of shallow pits now mark the spot. The field is littered with cracked, carved stones that once covered the dead.

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8 hours ago Ukraine, Russia sign deal to end natural gas cut-off ahead of winter

MOSCOW — Russia agreed Thursday to resume selling natural gas to Ukraine, ending a cut-off that had threatened to leave Ukrainian households shivering as winter approached.

The stop-gap deal will secure critical energy supplies for Ukraine through March and will also help assure European countries that their own natural gas supply will not be disrupted during chilly winter months. Russia cut off gas to Ukraine in June, following a price dispute and months of geopolitical turmoil.

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11 hours ago Israel blocks Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions after activist shot

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces temporarily sealed off one of Islam’s most holy mosques Thursday in a rare move that reflected soaring tensions after a suspected Palestinian gunman tried to assassinate an American-Israeli activist who advocated greater Jewish access to the contested religious site.

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11 hours ago Syrian regime denounces Turkey for allowing foreign fighters to enter Kobane

ISTANBUL — Ten Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey on Thursday, drawing an angry response from the Damascus government, which accused Ankara of violating national sovereignty by allowing foreign troops to enter Syria.

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11 hours ago WorldViews: Why Burkina Faso’s attempt to topple a long-serving leader matters

The current crisis in Burkina Faso largely comes down to one fact: Blaise Compaoré, the president of the landlocked West African state, came to power in a 1987 coup d'etat, and -- despite a 2000 constitutional amendment that limits presidents to two five-year terms -- he has led the country ever since.

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14 hours ago WorldViews: The White House would be a tiny wing of Turkey’s new presidential palace

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week unveiled his new palace in the outskirts of the country's capital, Ankara. The gaudy residence boasts 1,000 rooms and apparently cost some $350 million to construct. Its total area, according to the AFP, encompasses some  2,150,000 square feet. Unsurprisingly, such largesse has led to criticism.

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14 hours ago WorldViews: Russia warns citizens not to travel abroad because of Ebola

Fears about the spread of Ebola have driven many countries to restrict incoming travelers from abroad. In Russia, those same fears are being given as an official reason why Russians shouldn't leave home.

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14 hours ago Iraqi Kurds join fight to break Islamic State siege on Syrian town

ISTANBUL — A delegation of 10 Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, drawing an angry response from the Syrian government, which blamed Turkey for permitting the first public deployment of foreign troops in Syria since the war there began.

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17 hours ago WorldViews: Israeli politician wants to silence the Muslim call to prayer

A right-wing Israeli member of parliament has proposed legislation that would ban the Muslim call to prayer in Israel, where 20 percent of the population is Arab (the majority of whom are Muslim). Robert Ilatov, a MP from the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, argued for restricting the ability of mosques to project the 'Adhan," or call to prayer, which are sung out usually by a local muezzin five times a day.

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17 hours ago Israel blocks Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions after activist shot

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces sealed off access to one of Islam’s most holy sites Thursday in a rare move that reflected soaring tensions after a suspected Palestinian gunman targeted a prominent American-Israeli activist and Israel responded with a deadly raid.

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17 hours ago Looters raid Jordanian crypts in search of gold, jewels and artifacts

UMM EL-JIMAL, Jordan — The tomb-raiders no longer even wait for night to fall before they loot the ancient crypts.

In recent weeks, grave-robbers here dug into 2,000-year-old tombs right in front of a house rented by archaeologists. Dozens of shallow pits now mark the spot. The field is littered with cracked, carved stones that once covered the dead.

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20 hours ago Israel blocks Jersusalem holy site amid rising tensions after activist shot

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of gunning down Yehuda Glick, a prominent American-Israeli activist who has been pressing authorities to allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount, one of Islam’s most holy sites and a lightening rod for sectarian clashes.

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20 hours ago Iraqi Kurds join fight to break Islamic State siege on Syrian town

ISTANBUL — Fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish region crossed into Syria on Thursday to join other reinforcements seeking to turn back an Islamic State siege that has become a key stand in the international showdown against the militants.

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23 hours ago Looters raid Jordanian crypts in search of gold, jewels and artifacts

UMM EL-JIMAL, Jordan — The tomb-raiders no longer even wait for night to fall before they loot the ancient crypts.

In recent weeks, grave-robbers here dug into 2,000-year-old tombs right in front of a house rented by archaeologists. Dozens of shallow pits now mark the spot. The field is littered with cracked, carved stones that once covered the dead.

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23 hours ago WorldViews: Israeli politician wants to ban the Muslim call to prayer

A right-wing Israeli member of parliament has proposed legislation that would ban the Muslim call to prayer in Israel, where 20 percent of the population is Arab (the majority of whom are Muslim). Robert Ilatov, a MP from the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, argued for restricting the ability of mosques to project the 'Adhan," or call to prayer, which are sung out usually by a local muezzin five times a day.

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23 hours ago WorldViews: Charting the murky leadership structure of the Islamic State

While it's tempting to imagine them as a disorganized horde, the reality of the Islamic State -- the extremist Islamist group who have taken over vast swathes of Syria and Iraq -- is that the sheer scale of their military operations, not to mention their Caliphate ambitions, are not possible without some kind of organized leadership structure.

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Yesterday Unnamed U.S. official’s slur about Israeli leader shows acrimony of relationship

The sometimes acrimonious relationship between the Obama administration and the current Israeli government burst into public view on Wednesday when an anonymous U.S. official was quoted using a barnyard epithet to describe Israel’s leader.

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Yesterday For Kurds in Kobane, a long-awaited boost as reinforcements begin arriving via Turkey

ISTANBUL — A small group of Free Syrian Army fighters moved across the Turkish border Wednesday into the embattled Syrian town of Kobane to reinforce a Kurdish militia struggling against an Islamic State offensive, ahead of an expected convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga­ forces.

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Yesterday Family of jailed Washington Post journalist, held for 100 days, asks Iran to free him

The family of a Washington Post reporter held without charge in Iran for more than three months called Wednesday on the authorities in Tehran to free him.

An open letter signed by Jason Rezaian’s brother, Ali, and his mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, was released 100 days after Rezaian was arrested under still-vague circumstances, along with his wife and another couple. Rezaian’s family said he is being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison, which houses common criminals as well as dissidents, intellectuals and journalists.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Zambia’s new president may be white, but that’s not what makes him interesting

On Tuesday, Guy Scott was the vice president of Zambia. Now, he’s being hailed by many in the international press as the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African country since the fall of apartheid two decades ago (that's not quite accurate).

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Yesterday NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents

MOSCOW — NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal.

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Yesterday For Kurds in Kobane, a long-awaited boost as reinforcements begin arriving via Turkey

ISTANBUL — A small group of Free Syrian Army fighters moved across the Turkish border Wednesday into the embattled Syrian town of Kobane to reinforce a Kurdish militia struggling against an Islamic State offensive, ahead of an expected convoy of Kurdish Iraqi peshmerga forces.

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Yesterday For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

ANKARA, Turkey — The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all.

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Yesterday WorldViews: A tax on the Internet seems like a crazy idea, but it fits right in for Viktor Orbán’s H

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It seems like they thought no-one would notice. Tucked into Hungary's 2015 budget was a tax that would force Internet service providers to pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of data downloaded or uploaded by users. It would be, quite simply, the world's first tax on the Internet.

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