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14 min ago For North Korea, ‘The Interview’ latest episode in perceived U.S. conspiracies
TOKYO — The scene that may have clinched the hack-driven demise of “The Interview” shows a missile plowing into a helicopter as the actor playing Kim Jong Un meets a fiery end in slow-mo.All the while, an acoustic version of Katy Perry’s “Firework” plays. For North Korea — run by a totalitarian regime where the ruling Kim family is, if not quite immortal, certainly untouchable — the images are the ultimate taboo.Read full article >>






14 min ago In expanding offensives, Pakistan military kills at least 119 suspected militants
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of airstrikes and ground offensives killed at least 119 suspected militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas, officials said Friday, in a sign of intensified military action after this week’s Taliban school massacre.Read full article >>






14 min ago U.S. attributes Sony attack to North Korea
Federal investigators on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the Stalinist government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber capabilities of one of the United States’ top adversaries.Read full article >>






14 min ago WorldViews: Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia. Really.
Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.Read full article >>






3 hours ago WorldViews: Saudi cleric pays price for showing his wife’s face
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's Sheik Ahmed al-Ghamedi appeared on "Badria," a talk show shown on Dubai-based satellite television channel MBC. During the show, the Islamic cleric told viewers that women were not required to wear a full niqab and could also wear beauty products.Read full article >>






3 hours ago WorldViews: Egyptian jihadists thank U.S. State Department for ‘terrorist’ designation
On Thursday, the U.S. State Department designated Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, as a terrorist organization. Not long thereafter, the jihadists responded on the group's official Twitter account, thanking the U.S. for this "blessing."Read full article >>






3 hours ago Alleged Israeli agent said to have thwarted Hezbollah operations
BEIRUT — An agent of Israel’s Mossad spy agency infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah’s security apparatus and leaked information about the Lebanese-Shiite group for several years before being discovered and arrested recently, according to security officials and people in Lebanon who are familiar with the incident.Read full article >>






3 hours ago U.S. attributes Sony attack to North Korea
Federal investigators on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the Stalinist government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber capabilities of one of the United States’ top adversaries.Read full article >>
3 hours ago Mandy Rice-Davies, figure in Profumo sex scandal, dies at 70
Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the “Profumo Affair,” a scandal of sex and politics that rocked Cold War Britain, died Dec. 18 at 70.Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said the cause was cancer but did not disclose other details.Read full article >>






3 hours ago For North Korea, ‘The Interview’ latest episode in perceived U.S. conspiracies
TOKYO —The scene that may have clinched the hack-driven demise of “The Interview” shows a missile plowing into a helicopter as the actor playing Kim Jong Un meets a fiery end in slow-mo.All the while, an acoustic version of Katy Perry’s “Firework” plays. For North Korea — run by a totalitarian regime where the ruling Kim family is, if not quite immortal, certainly untouchable — the images are the ultimate taboo.Read full article >>






3 hours ago In expanding offensives, Pakistan military kills at least 119 suspected militants
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of airstrikes and ground offensives killed at least 119 suspected militants in Pakistani’s northwestern tribal areas, officials said Friday in a sign of intensified military action after this week’s Taliban school massacre.Read full article >>






6 hours ago In expanding offensives, Pakistan military kills at least 67 suspected militants
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of airstrikes and ground offensives killed at least 67 suspected militants in Pakistani’s northwestern tribal areas, officials said Friday in an apparent sign of intensified military action after this week’s Taliban school massacre.Read full article >>






6 hours ago WorldViews: Watch: Indian official’s tirade goes viral
An amateur video showing a district magistrate in India lashing out at municipal workers and engineers for using substandard materials in road construction has become an instant online phenomenon.The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows B. Chandrakala, the district magistrate from Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, angrily telling the workers to return the bricks that were purchased and saying that they should be ashamed for wasting public money. India's roads are generally built by the government and are often in a woeful state.Read full article >>






6 hours ago As Obama opens to Cuba, China experts remember benefits from U.S. engagement
BEIJING — Liu Yawei vividly remembers his shock when, as a college freshman, he first heard from morning television news that China had established diplomatic relations with the United States, on Dec. 15, 1978.Read full article >>






Today Report suggests forest-cutting can have an immediate effect on climate
RIO DE JANEIRO — The critical role that vast tropical forests like Brazil’s Amazon play in suppressing climate change is well-known: They store huge quantities of carbon, acting as “carbon sinks.”But as a new report out this week argues, scientists are making the case that cutting down these forests does more than simply release carbon into the atmosphere — it has a direct and more immediate effect on the climate, from changes in rainfall patterns to rising temperatures. The amount of water that forests pump into the air is key to this. But scientists don’t agree on how that happens.Read full article >>






Today WorldViews: Saudi cleric pays price for showing his wife’s face
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's Sheik Ahmed al-Ghamedi appeared on "Badria," a talk show shown on Dubai-based satellite television channel MDC. During the show, the Islamic cleric told viewers that women were not required to wear a full niqab and could also wear beauty products.Read full article >>






18 hours ago U.S. trade embargo with Cuba keeps broader economic impact at bay for now
The biggest opening in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than half a century could be a boon for farmers, telecommunications firms and construction suppliers, but any broader economic impact is limited for now by the trade embargo that remains federal law.Read full article >>
18 hours ago Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomacy
During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He cajoled, lectured and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially the United States — in looping, animated speeches that lasted hours. On television, on the radio and in the Communist Party newspaper Granma, he was always there, talking, talking, talking.Read full article >>






18 hours ago Pakistani military chief signs death warrants for six ‘hard-core terrorists’
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Just two days after a school massacre that stunned the nation, Pakistani leaders on Thursday moved to expedite the executions of prisoners convicted of taking part in major terrorist attacks.Read full article >>






18 hours ago In Sierra Leone, the ghosts of war haunt an Ebola graveyard
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — To find Andrew Kondoh, walk through the gates of this city’s largest cemetery, where teams in moonsuits bury more than 50 bodies in white plastic bags each day. Look for the man with the wispy goatee and big belly, who is overseeing one of the world’s most chaotic, dangerous graveyards as if he’s done it all before.Read full article >>






21 hours ago WorldViews: What Iranians are saying about the U.S.-Cuba deal
The deal hatched between the Obama administration and Raul Castro's government is big and historic. It opens the way for the revival of formal ties between the United States and Cuba and a deeper rapprochement after a 53-year-long Cold War freeze. And it raises parallels to other thorny diplomatic imbroglios pitting the United States against a longstanding foe.Read full article >>






Yesterday Putin predicts economic recovery but warns West against pressuring Russian ‘bear’
MOSCOW — Vowing that the West would never hold Russia down, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday promised that his nation’s troubled economy would recover in two years despite a looming recession, a severely weakened ruble and growing fears about economic instability.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: Why ‘The Interview’ is not ‘The Great Dictator’ of our times
We live in strange times. A huge hack against Sony Pictures and apparent threats against cinemas planning to play the James Franco/Seth Rogan film "The Interview" has lead to Sony shelving the release indefinitely. Stranger still, the U.S. government now thinks that North Korea, incensed by a scene that apparently shows the assassination of North leader Kim Jong Un, was behind the attack.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes
Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country's long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries.Read full article >>






Yesterday Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomacy
During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He cajoled, lectured, and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially the United States — in looping, animated speeches that lasted hours. On television, on the radio and in the Communist Party newspaper Grandma, he was always there, talking, talking, talking.Read full article >>






Yesterday Pakistani military chief signs death warrants for six ‘hard-core’ terrorists
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Just two days after a school massacre that stunned the nation, Pakistani leaders on Thursday moved to expedite the executions of prisoners convicted of taking part in major terrorist attacks. Read full article >>






Yesterday Pakistani judge grants bail to alleged key figure in 2008 Mumbai terror attack
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani court on Thursday granted bail to a key suspect in a deadly 2008 assault in Mumbai, sparking outrage in India and further muddying perceptions about Pakistan’s resolve to combat terrorism.Read full article >>






Yesterday Putin predicts economic recovery but warns West against pressuring Russian ‘bear’
MOSCOW —Russian President Vladimir Putin, under pressure to show a path out of the country’s economic misery, predicted Thursday a recovery in two years despite mounting bad news: a looming recession, a severely weakened ruble and growing fears about the financial instability.Read full article >>






Yesterday U.S. spy freed by Cuba was longtime asset
The Cuban government on Wednesday freed a U.S. spy whom President Obama described as one of most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in the Communist country and who helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: There’s just one problem with Putin’s joke about a ‘drunk’ journalist
Russian President Vladimir Putin had his annual televised press conference on Thursday. And it contained what appeared to be the perfect fodder for countless Russian jokes - including one by Putin himself. The president took a question from a local Russian reporter, who was slurring his words a little as he spoke. The journalist asked a question about bringing local  kvas - a mildly alcoholic fermented beverage - into supermarkets in his area. Putin's reply: "I see you've already partaken in your kvas," journalist Alec Luhn translated.Read full article >>