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2 hours ago WorldViews: Why President Rouhani is supporting thousands of Iranian protesters

Anger and outrage had been growing for months in Iran over a string of acid attacks targeting women. This week, those emotions erupted into the streets, with about 2,000 people condemning the attacks in front of the city of Isfahan's judiciary building on Wednesday and dozens of protesters assembling in front of Tehran's parliament.

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6 hours ago Dissident Russian artists getting squeezed by political pressure

MOSCOW — The climate of hostility toward critical voices that has already changed the face of Russianjournalism and politicsis focusing on a new target: the arts.

In Moscow, a city that prides itself on a rich cultural heritage, there are no official policies restricting artistic freedom. But from the theater to the rock concert stage to the contemporary art exhibition hall, artists who question the status quo are increasingly finding themselves targets for political censure — or even shutdown.

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6 hours ago WorldViews: Russian lawmaker: We need to work out if our vodka is really vodka

Few things are as synonymous as Russia and vodka. And while it may be a cliche, it's a cliche with good reason: According to one study of drinking habits from 2012, Russians consumed almost 14 liters of vodka per person that year — more than 7 times the amount consumed by Americans.

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6 hours ago WorldViews: How Ebola is fueling prejudice against gays

The victims of the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa aren't just the ones who contracted the virus. The infrastructure of whole nations are at breaking point; hospitals and doctors are being pushed to the breaking point. Many Africans traveling to the U.S., or at least intending to, have faced shameful racism from institutions and organizations that ought to know better. The virus has spread as a disease and a panic.

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12 hours ago Police say Ottawa gunman was not being monitored

OTTAWA — Before he shot and killed a soldier, before he opened fire inside the Canadian Parliament and before he sparked a panic that froze a large part of the capital, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to leave.

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12 hours ago Canadian lawmakers vow to hold on to nation’s openness after Ottawa shooting

In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, Canadian lawmakers returned to work amid calls for increased security that would provide safety while maintaining the openness that is a hallmark of the country’s Parliament and society.

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12 hours ago China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a U.N. conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing this week that she wants to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice.

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15 hours ago China’s Communist leaders promise legal reforms — under party authority

BEIJING — China’s Communist leaders promised legal reforms on Thursday that could give judges more independence from interference by local officials but will leave the party essentially above the law, after a high-level meeting that had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s legal history.

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15 hours ago In Japan, Fukushima residents are frustrated but resigned

HISANOHAMA, JAPAN — An air of permanence has settled over the supposedly temporary Seabreeze shopping arcade.

The Karasuya restaurant, serving big bowls of steaming noodle soup at the entrance to the arcade, is well established as a lunch spot for construction workers and a snack-and-homework joint for children from the neighboring school.

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15 hours ago China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a U.N. conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing this week that she wants to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice.

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15 hours ago U.S., South Korea abandon timeline for shifting control of military forces in wartime

U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to set aside a long-delayed timeline for giving Seoul control of both nations’ military forces in South Korea during wartime, a signal of continued anxiety about the threat North Korea poses to its southern neighbor.

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15 hours ago Canadian lawmakers vow to hold on to nation’s openness after Ottawa shooting

In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, Canadian lawmakers returned to work amid calls for increased security that would provide safety while maintaining the openness that is a hallmark of the country’s parliament and society.

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18 hours ago WorldViews: 3 big questions for Canada after Ottawa terror attack

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a shooting that left a Canadian soldier dead in Ottawa was a terror attack. It was the second such attack in less than a week — on Monday, a soldier had been killed in a deliberate hit-and-run near Montreal.

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18 hours ago China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a United Nations conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing this week that she wants to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice.

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18 hours ago Islamic State militants allegedly used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces

BALAD, Iraq — Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic State extremists.

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18 hours ago Efua Dorkenoo, who fought female genital mutilation, dies at 65

Efua Dorkenoo, who for more than three decades waged an international campaign to eradicate the practice known as female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice that affects millions of girls and women in Africa, the Middle East and immigrant communities around the world, died Oct. 18 at a hospital in London. She was 65.

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20 hours ago Turkey’s president steps up criticism of U.S. airdrops to aid Islamic State foes in Syria

BEIRUT — Turkey’s president sharpened criticism of U.S. airdrops to aid Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State, but he promised on Thursday that Kurdish reinforcements would soon arrive in the embattled border town of Kobane.

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20 hours ago China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a United Nations conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing only this week that she wanted to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice.

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20 hours ago China pledges to promote rule of law, but under authority of Communist Party

BEIJING — China’s Communist leaders promised legal reforms on Thursday that could give judges slightly more independence from interference by local officials but will leave the party still essentially above the law, after a high-level meeting that had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s legal history.

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20 hours ago In Japan, Fukushima residents are frustrated but resigned

HISANOHAMA, JAPAN — An air of permanence has settled over the supposedly temporary Seabreeze shopping arcade.

The Karasuya restaurant, serving big bowls of steaming noodle soup, at the entrance to the arcade is well established as a lunch spot for construction workers and a snack-and-homework joint for kids from the neighboring school.

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20 hours ago WorldViews: 3 big questions for Canada after Ottawa terror attack

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a shooting that left a Canadian soldier dead in Ottawa was a terror attack. It was the second such attack in less than a week — on Monday, a soldier had been killed in a deliberate hit-and-run near Montreal.

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20 hours ago WorldViews: Here are some hot takes on Mark Zuckerberg’s Mandarin skills

Facebook's CEO pulled off an undeniably impressive feat Wednesday in Beijing. Four years after Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would take up Mandarin in all the spare time he has while running a $200 billion-plus company, the executive sat down for a 30-minute question-and-answer session with Chinese students, with whom he spoke entirely in Mandarin.

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20 hours ago WorldViews: Hong Kong’s protesters occupy city’s iconic mountain

Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators have occupied busy thoroughfares, set up camps in teeming neighborhoods and barricaded the offices of some of the city's most powerful officials. But, on Thursday, they took their protest to new heights.

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24 hours ago Parliament shooting shocks Canada

OTTAWA — Under heavy guard, Canada’s prime minister paid a somber visit Thursday to the site that began a day of horror in the country’s capital: A gunman killing an honor guard soldier then opening fire inside the nearby Parliament building.

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24 hours ago WorldViews: Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about

Conspiracy theorists disappointed with the re-appearance of Kim Jong Un earlier this month can breathe a sigh of relief. North Korea has provided new fodder for unchecked speculation, wild rumors and frenzied tea leaf-reading.

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24 hours ago WorldViews: Mark Zuckerberg deserves a lot of credit for speaking mediocre Mandarin

Even if you don't understand a word of Mandarin, it was easy to spot the "um's" and "sorry's" littered in Facebook chief executive Mark Zukerberg's speech. But during a question and answer session at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he kept at it  — for 30 very long minutes.

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24 hours ago WorldViews: Rwanda backs down on Ebola screening for incoming Americans and Spaniards

On Sunday, Rwanda, an East African nation far from the core of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, announced it would be screening passengers from America and Spain for Ebola.

For some observers, it seemed a remarkable act of schadenfreude. That an African nation (one free of Ebola) would impose restrictions from two Western nations (both with a handful of Ebola cases) seemed to mirror the Western ignorance about Africa and Ebola. Notably, it came just a few days after a school in New Jersey kept home two exchange students from Rwanda due to concern over Ebola -- despite the fact that New Jersey is far closer to Texas, where two people contracted the virus, than Rwanda is to the Ebola-stricken nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

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24 hours ago WorldViews: Why you shouldn’t ignore the Middle East’s other epic crisis

In September, when President Obama unveiled his plans to step up air attacks against the Islamic State, he cited the supposed success of U.S. operations in Yemen as an example of American air power subduing terror threats. That "success," as WorldViews wrote earlier, is questionable.

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24 hours ago China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

BEIJING — A female Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a United Nations conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

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24 hours ago WorldViews: Retailer apologizes after Hitler and Mussolini coffee creamers invade Swiss restaurants

Swiss retailer Migros apologized for an "unforgivable blunder" this week after surprised coffee drinkers in Switzerland spotted the mugs of Hitler and Mussolini on the company's dairy creamer packets.

The dictator-emblazoned containers "should never have been delivered" to restaurants, the company said in a statement posted Wednesday on its Web site.

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