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7 hours ago WorldViews: Remember the Arab Spring? Here’s what’s left.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, holds presidential elections on Sunday. It’s been more than three years since a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire, triggering anti-government demonstrations that would spread throughout the Middle East. But while several other countries also overthrew their dictators, Tunisia is the only nation to have built a democracy that still endures. The country’s transition has had its problems, including  terrorist attacks and rising tensions between Islamists and secularists. But it held parliamentary elections widely considered free and fair.

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13 hours ago Biden visit mends fences as Turkey, U.S. seek strategy for Syria, Islamic State

ISTANBUL — After an extended period of public estrangement and sniping, the United States and Turkey have made up and say they are heading toward close cooperation on defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and eventually seeing the end of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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13 hours ago Somalia’s al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

NAIROBI — Somalia’s Islamist extremist rebels, al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-
Muslims, Kenyan authorities said.

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16 hours ago Somalia’s al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

NAIROBI — Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan authorities said.

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16 hours ago Afghan military welcomes expanded U.S. combat role as Taliban threat intensifies

KABUL — The 18 Afghan soldiers were trapped in a mountainous outpost about 50 miles south of the capital, running out of ammunition. Taliban insurgents had surrounded them. There was only one way out: the Americans.

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16 hours ago Afghan mission for U.S. to continue under new authorities

The United States will remain in an armed conflict in Afghanistan — essentially at war — after the end of this year under rules for combat operations the Pentagon requested, and President Obama approved, early this month.

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16 hours ago Mexicans hope immigration reform means more money sent back, more visits

TEPETONGO, Mexico — To Sinforiano Armenta, the mayor of a disappearing Mexican town set on sweeping plains of cactus and brush, President Obama’s immigration plan means paved roads.

It means drainage systems, covered basketball courts, clinics, and a welcome arch to greet visitors to his town of 7,000 people, which has lost three-quarters of its population since the 1970s. Just this year, the diaspora from this town in the northern state of Zacatecas has sent home $80,000 to put toward such projects. And the way Armenta sees it, if those people have legal documents, better jobs and higher incomes, they will send back even more.

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16 hours ago Islamic State kills at least 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe in a village on the eastern edge of the provincial capital Ramadi, local officials said Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.

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19 hours ago Cellphone use transforms Burmese life after government opens mobile market

RANGOON, Burma — Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.

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19 hours ago Kerry: Big, serious gaps remain in Iran nuclear talks; possible impasse hinted at

VIENNA — Negotiators working to slow Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions pressed forward with talks Saturday amid indications that they are at an impasse with two days left before a deadline for an accord.

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Yesterday Kerry: Big, serious gaps remain in Iran nuclear talks; possible impasse hinted at

VIENNA — Negotiators working to slow Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country resumed talks Saturday and dropped hints that they were at an impasse with just two days left before a deadline for an accord.

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Yesterday New private companies spark mobile phone revolution in once-isolated Burma

RANGOON, Burma — Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.

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Yesterday WorldViews: What Afghanistan must do to get billions more in aid

In less than two weeks, Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, will head to London to meet with international donors. At the conference, scheduled for Dec. 4, he will seek billions of dollars to develop Afghanistan in a new era, as U.S. and international combat troops are preparing to withdraw by year's end. Afghanistan is facing a fiscal crisis; it recently ran out of money to pay salaries of civil servants.

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Yesterday WorldViews: The real news in Iran: Tehran’s big soccer game

You may think the attention in Iran this weekend will be focused squarely on the backroom happenings in Vienna, where Iranian and Western diplomats are wrangling over the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program. But you would be wrong.

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Yesterday In birthplace of Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Islamists get sobering lesson in governing

TUNIS — On a recent warm evening, hundreds of men and women were mingling outside the offices of Tunisia’s Islamist party. They were singing and cheering. They were waving little red-and-white Tunisian flags. It looked as if they had just won an election.

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Yesterday Biden denounces Russia, but says Ukraine must do more to clean up its governance

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden denounced Russian behavior in eastern Ukraine as “a flagrant violation” of the international system here Friday, and he called elections held by Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists early this month a “Kremlin-orchestrated farce.”

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Yesterday Kerry, Iranian foreign minister delay travel plans as nuclear talks bog down

VIENNA — Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delayed their departure Friday to keep negotiating over Iran’s nuclear capacity, casting further doubt on their ability to strike a deal by a Monday deadline.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Buckwheat panic: Shortage of Russian dietary staple fuels buying frenzy

The latest Russian food crisis wasn’t brought on by sanctions. But in this political climate, even a bad weather report is enough to make locals race to stock up on a classic staple before it flies off supermarket shelves.

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Yesterday WorldViews: This Polish town thinks Winnie the Pooh is too scantily dressed to be around children

A small town in Poland is trying to redefine Winnie the Pooh into something the bear's creator, A. A. Milne, wouldn't even recognize: A hermaphroditic, nudist bear created by a disturbed old man.

While debating whether the beloved literature icon should be the face of a new local playground, officials in Tuszyn concocted the bizarre history for the bear, adding that his genitals were removed and that his shirtless appearance makes him "inappropriate for children," according to a report in the Croatian Times:

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Yesterday Chinese courts crack down on journalist Gao Yu and Muslim professor Ilham Tohti

BEIJING — In a double-barreled attack on freedom of expression, Chinese authorities put a prominent journalist on trial Friday and denied the appeal of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti, a leading moderate Muslim voice.

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Yesterday Crowds in Ukraine show lingering tensions amid Biden visit to back pro-West officials

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden abruptly canceled a wreath-laying ceremony Friday at a memorial marking Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution after an angry crowd gathered to demand justice for those killed in the unrest.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Crossword: Which country may create an undersea city? Test your knowledge with our weekl

We hope you've been following the news this week, because it's time for our weekly quiz.

The rules of the puzzle are the same. The clock starts when you click the "START" button. The target time to complete this puzzle is 15 minutes. To see how scoring works, read this post.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Mexico has its own immigration problem: American retirees

President Obama's decision to defer the deportation of more than 4 million illegal immigrants will have a significant impact on one nationality in particular: Mexicans, who make up the vast majority of undocumented workers in the United States.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Buckwheat panic in Russia

The latest Russian food crisis wasn’t brought on by sanctions. But in this political climate, even a bad weather report is enough to make locals race to stock up on a classic staple before it flies off supermarket shelves.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Map: The world’s longest train journey now begins in China

On Nov. 18, an 82-container freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu. It was embarking on a landmark journey that is supposed to end 21 days later, in December, in Madrid. The distance the train covers — more than 6,200 miles — marks the longest route taken by a freight train, longer still than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway, as the map above shows.

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Nov 21, 2014 Crowds in Ukraine show lingering tensions amid Biden visit to back pro-West officials

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden abruptly canceled a wreath-laying ceremony Friday at a memorial marking Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution after angry crowd gathered to demand justice for those killed in the unrest.

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Nov 21, 2014 WorldViews: Hitler painted this watercolor, and someone may pay $60,000 for it

This lackluster composition of an old municipal building in Munich was painted by Adolf Hitler in 1914. At the time, Hitler was not yet a genocidal tyrant, but a struggling Austrian-born artist trying to make ends meet in the Bavarian capital. He would soon enlist in a local infantry regiment and fight for Germany in World War I, a key step to his later emergence as a political figure.

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Nov 21, 2014 Kerry opens homestretch push for Iran nuclear deal with deadline looming

VIENNA – Secretary of State John F. Kerry plunged into wide-ranging talks Friday over efforts to define limits on Iran’s nuclear program, meeting with Iran’s top diplomat and weighing strategies among key partners with a deadline just days away.

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Nov 21, 2014 Kerry opens homestretch push for Iran nuclear deal with deadline looming

VIENNA – Secretary of State John F. Kerry plunged into wide-ranging talks Friday over efforts to define limits on Iran’s nuclear program, meeting with Iran’s top diplomat then pulling back to confer with Western partners with a deadline just days away.

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Nov 21, 2014 Chinese courts crack down on journalist Gao Yu and Muslim professor Ilham Tohti

BEIJING — In a double-barreled attack on freedom of expression, Chinese authorities Friday put a prominent journalist on trial and denied the appeal of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti, a leading moderate Muslim voice.

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