The fear of Ebola led to slayings — and a whole village was punished

February 28, 2015

WOMEY, Guinea — The lecture about the dangers of Ebola had just begun, but the village had heard enough. A group of women started chanting, to warn the others against the visitors, “They are coming to kill you.” A mob of men masked their faces, waved machetes and rushed toward the speakers. Stones began to fly.Read full article >>



Russian opposition leaders allege Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying

February 28, 2015

MOSCOW — Russia’s imperiled opposition movement on Saturday accused the Kremlin of being linked to the gangland-style killing of a towering figure of post-Soviet politics, amid the first signs that the true culprits may never be known.Read full article >>



Cash-strapped North Korea steps up mining output

February 28, 2015

SEOUL — The sharp fall in global commodity prices is starting to have an impact on North Korea, economists say, hurting a state that relies heavily on exports of minerals to keep its economy afloat — and its gargantuan military funded. Read full article >>

Shuttered for a decade, Iraq’s national museum reopens its doors

February 28, 2015

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s national museum in Baghdad officially reopened to the public Saturday, 12 years after it was shuttered because of the looting of thousands of ancient artifacts in the days following the U.S.-led invasion.Read full article >>



Putin critic, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow

February 28, 2015

MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a towering figure in Russian post-Soviet politics and a biting critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down steps from the Kremlin late Friday, authorities said. The drive-by shooting had the potential to open a violent new chapter in Russian political life.Read full article >>



Modi’s first full-year budget for India is marked by caution

February 28, 2015

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented his first full-year budget, a cautious document that seemed aimed more at avoiding charges of being too pro-business or too pro-welfare than making big economic reforms that many had hoped for. Read full article >>



WorldViews: Sweden blocks plan to honor woman who hit a neo-Nazi with a purse

February 28, 2015

When Danuta Danielsson stepped out of a crowd in the Swedish city of Växjö in 1985 and hit a neo-Nazi with her purse, the photo quickly became famous around the world. Danielsson was widely praised back then: Her mother had reportedly survived a German Nazi concentration camp, according to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.Read full article >>



After a year in jail, a freed Egyptian journalist faces an uncertain future

February 28, 2015

SHEIKH ZAYED, Egypt — Al Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed knows that at any moment he could be sent back to jail.But for now he will enjoy the perks of life as a free man: eating home-cooked meals, basking in the sunshine, kissing his children good night.Read full article >>

Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington

February 28, 2015

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington, trying to spur Congress to cut short what he considers a feeble and dangerous deal in the works over Iran’s nuclear program.Read full article >>

WorldViews: What Star Trek’s Mr. Spock taught us about foreign policy

February 27, 2015

Actor Leonard Nimoy died on Friday at the age of 83. He had led a long and full life, with career footnotes that would be the crowning achievement in lesser obituaries, but for most, he’ll always be remembered best for one thing: His role as Mr. Spock in “Star Trek.”Read full article >>

‘Jihadi John’ outing highlights concern over radicalism at U.K. universities

February 27, 2015

LONDON — On the same day that the notorious Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” was revealed to be a graduate of London’s University of Westminster, his alma mater was due to host an address by a radical Islamist preacher who has called for ­Israel’s elimination and described gays as “a scourge.”Read full article >>



China suspends ivory carving imports, but move won’t stop poaching

February 27, 2015

BEIJING – China has announced a one-year suspension on imports of carved ivory products from Africa, but conservationists said the largely symbolic move would do nothing in itself to stem the illegal ivory trade here that is fueling rampant poaching in Africa.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Watch: Israeli politician’s awkward imitation Frank Underwood from ‘House of Cards’

February 27, 2015

Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States and a candidate in the country’s upcoming elections, appeared in a video heralding the new season of Netflix’s hit show “House of Cards.” He then goes on to urge voters to cast their ballot in favor of his Kulanu party, a small centrist faction, on March 17.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Why an American blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh

February 27, 2015

On Thursday night, Avijit Roy, a well-known Bangladeshi American writer and religious skeptic, was surrounded by unidentified assailants armed with cleavers and hacked to death on a street in Dhaka. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, sustained serious wounds and is fighting for her life. On social media, you can find awful images of the immediate aftermath of the incident, with Ahmed, drenched in blood, standing stunned by the fallen body of her husband.Read full article >>



WorldViews: John Legend took a strong, moral stand at the Oscars. Now he’s performing in Bahrain.

February 27, 2015

As he accepted an Oscar for Best Original Song with fellow musician Common last weekend, John Legend made headlines with a powerful speech. ”We say that ‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is now,” Legend began, later adding that there were ”more black men under correctional control today than were in slavery.”Read full article >>



China removes top U.S. tech firms from government purchasing list

February 27, 2015

BEIJING — China has dropped several top U.S. technology companies, including Cisco and Apple, from a list of brands that are approved for state purchases, amid a widening rift with the United States about cyberspace.Read full article >>



Israel to let water flow to West Bank development at center of political feud

February 27, 2015

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has intervened to allow the newly constructed Palestinian city of Rawabi in the West Bank to connect to Israeli-controlled water sources, Israeli senior officials said Friday.Read full article >>



WorldViews: After South Korea legalizes adultery, stock value of condom manufacturer spikes

February 27, 2015

For the last 62 years, South Koreans could face up to two years in prison if they were found guilty of adultery. On Thursday, the country’s Constitutional Court finally struck down the ban on extramarital sex which dates back to 1953.Read full article >>



WorldViews: The Obama-Netanyahu fight over Iran, explained

February 27, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, focusing on the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and the threat he says it poses to his country. The planned speech is laden with controversy: the White House sees it as a deliberate attempt to undermine U.S. negotiations with Tehran; other critics believe it’s a political stunt aimed to help Netanyahu at home ahead of Israeli elections later in March.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Chart: The sad state of religious freedom around the world

February 27, 2015

More than three-quarters of the world’s population lived in countries with “high” or “very high” levels of restriction on religion in 2013, according to a new Pew Research Center report titled “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities.”Read full article >>



‘Jihadi John’ is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

February 27, 2015

LONDON — For months he taunted, knife in hand, his voice slightly muffled behind the mask that became the grim symbol of Islamic State barbarism. But when the identity of the killer known as “Jihadi John” was revealed Thursday, the profile that emerged was disturbingly familiar: a young man whose parents’ decision to immigrate to the West afforded him a comfortable life and an education, but who ultimately found identity and succor in extremist ideology.Read full article >>



The unlikely life of Afghanistan’s first female taxi driver

February 27, 2015

MAZAR-E SHARIF, AfghanistanAt first glance, the Toyota Corolla looked like any other taxi bumping along the craggy street. In the back seat, three women wore blue burqas that covered their faces and bodies. In the front passenger seat, a bearded man sat stone-faced. The radio piped out a soulful Afghan song. Read full article >>



WorldViews: Watch: Islamic State militants smash ancient, irreplaceable artifacts with sledgehammers

February 26, 2015

A video uploaded to social media Thursday appeared to show Islamic State fighters destroying ancient artifacts in the Iraqi city of Mosul and its environs. The jihadists have been in control of the city since last summer. Their puritanical, fundamentalist brand of Islam deems icons and images of divinity, including those from pre-Islamic civilizations, to be forbidden.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Mohammed Emwazi and the debate over poverty’s link to terrorism

February 26, 2015

Earlier this month, Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that the United States couldn’t win the fight against the Islamic State by simply killing all the militants. Instead, she suggested, other factors had to be considered, including “a lack of opportunity for jobs.”Read full article >>



For Yemen’s Arab Spring activists, hope plummets as chaos deepens

February 26, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — For Faizah al-Sulimani, the hope stirred by Yemen’s Arab Spring uprising has long since faded.Four years ago, she joined the wave of nonviolent demonstrations that rippled across the Middle East and led to the ouster of entrenched autocrats, including Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. Sulimani’s optimism, however, quickly turned to bitterness over what followed — a post-revolutionary order that she and many of her fellow Yemeni protesters consider as corrupt and inept as the one they had struggled to overturn.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’

February 26, 2015

Igniting fresh controversy, Austria’s parliament has approved significant changes to the country’s “Law on Islam” — a revamping of a 103-year-old law to expand certain legal protections while also placing new restrictions on Muslim organizations and how adherents practice their faith.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Mohammed Emwazi filed a complaint after routinely being stopped by authorities. He received this response.

February 26, 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born Briton who has been identified as the Islamic State fighter “Jihadi John” notorious for beheading westerners, was a familiar face to British authorities during his time in London.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Quiz: Which foreign language should you learn?

February 26, 2015

Are Americans losing their interest in foreign languages? According to a study by the Modern Language Association, the number of students who learn a language other than English decreased by about 100,000 between 2009 and 2013.Read full article >>



WorldViews: How Mohammed Emwazi became Jihadi John: 5 key takeaways

February 26, 2015

The true identity of one of the most notorious members of the Islamic State has been revealed. While he is dubbed “Jihadi John,” The Post’s Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman reported on Wednesday that his real name is Mohammed Emwazi. Read full article >>



‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi

February 26, 2015

LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.Read full article >>



Scotland Yard: no details on probe after identity of ‘Jihadi John’ revealed

February 26, 2015

LONDON — Britain’s counterterrorism chief said Thursday that authorities will not disclose details of investigations into the Islamic State fighter previously known as “Jihadi John” despite a report identifying him as a Kuwait-born computer programmer from West London.Read full article >>



Putin threatens to cut gas to Ukraine as showdowns shift to economy

February 26, 2015

MOSCOW — Russia shifted its showdown with Ukraine to economic pressure on Wednesday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to cut off natural gas within days even as fighting finally started to quiet in war-torn eastern Ukraine.Read full article >>



New Palestinian city has condos, a mall and a sports club — but no water

February 25, 2015

RAWABI, West Bank — The billion-dollar, five-year gamble to build a new middle-class Palestinian city on a West Bank mountaintop was just about to welcome its first residents when the Israeli government decided this month to withhold a basic necessity: running water.Read full article >>



Islamic State is selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight

February 25, 2015

LONDON — Almost 100 Syrian artifacts looted by the Islamic State have been smuggled into Britain and sold to raise money for the extremist group’s activities, art crime experts and archaeologists have warned, according to British news organizations. Read full article >>



WorldViews: How a single Instagram post could end up sending a former Miss Turkey to jail

February 25, 2015

Merve Buyuksarac won Miss Turkey in 2006. Now, just under a decade later, the former model may be jailed for insulting the Turkish president.On Wednesday, Buyuksarac’s lawyer told reporters that an Istanbul prosecutor is attempting to take Buyuksarac to court for insulting a public official. If found guilty, she could face up to two years in prison, the Associated Press reports. Read full article >>

WorldViews: An entire Hungarian village is up for rent, including horses, cows and a bus stop

February 25, 2015

Located 110 miles southwest of Budapest, the Hungarian village of Megyer has four streets (two of them paved), seven “peasant style” houses (fully furnished), a mayor’s office and a cultural center.And all of it could all be yours for a meager 690 euros — about $750 — a day, according to the Associated Press.Read full article >>



WorldViews: There’s a giant owl terrorizing a small Dutch town

February 25, 2015

A massive, winged creature is on the prowl, swooping down and attacking the good people of the northern Dutch town of Purmerend and sending them to the hospital. The reign of terror has become so bad that the town has advised its residents to walk around with umbrellas at night, for fear that they could become victims, Agence France-Presse reported.Read full article >>



Cuba says terror list, banking issues are blocking better ties with the U.S.

February 25, 2015

HAVANA — With the United States and Cuba set to resume talks Friday in Washington on the restoration of diplomatic relations, a senior Cuban official said his government wants to be removed from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring nations and to be able to reopen U.S. bank accounts in order for the process to move forward.Read full article >>



WorldViews: What George Orwell said about Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

February 25, 2015

As my colleague Anthony Faiola reported this week, Adolf Hitler’s ”Mein Kampf” is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although widely available elsewhere in the world, the book — Hitler’s testament and what’s considered the founding text of Nazism — was never reprinted in postwar Germany.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Watch: A Bahraini tries living a day in the life of a migrant worker

February 25, 2015

More than half of the 1.4 million people living in Bahrain are thought to be migrant workers, journeying from South Asia and elsewhere to the Persian Gulf state because of economic factors. Many end up in low-paid, menial work once they are there, living a very different life compared with the Bahrainis around them.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Why Indians won’t let Rahul Gandhi vacation in peace

February 25, 2015

Rahul Gandhi, vice president of India’s opposition Congress party and heir apparent to the country’s oldest and most powerful political dynasty, went on leave this week and was immediately subjected to widespread ridicule.Read full article >>



Avalanches bury homes in Afghanistan; 124 dead, dozens missing

February 25, 2015

Rescue teams in Afghanistan used shovels and bare hands Wednesday to try to reach possible survivors after a series of avalanches buried villages and roads. An official said at least 124 people were killed and dozens missing.Read full article >>



WorldViews: China’s feminists stand up against ‘misogynistic’ TV gala

February 25, 2015

If this year’s Oscars ceremony was marked by a rousing call for wage equality for women, a far more widely watched television show on the other side of the world sent out a very different message.The most widely watched television show on earth, China’s New Year Gala, attracted some 690 million viewers last week to variety show that was criticized as “discriminatory” and “spectacularly misogynistic” — peppered with jokes at the expense of women.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Why, to many critics, Mother Teresa is still no saint

February 25, 2015

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work, has been dropped into modern India’s religious debate after the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) criticized the intentions behind her work.Read full article >>



Fear of the Islamic State spawns a renegade Afghan militia

February 25, 2015

MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan — The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war. One lost four fingers fighting Taliban militants. Another lost his right leg fighting the Soviets. Now, seated in a bare room on a cold morning, they declared readiness to make even greater sacrifices against a new enemy: the Islamic State.Read full article >>



WorldViews: How Qatar’s ruler and Obama think alike on terrorism

February 25, 2015

Qatar’s emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, called on the White House on Tuesday. The morning meeting with President Obama yielded the usual bilateral bromides – references to a “wide-ranging conversation,” a “meeting of the minds,” mutual concerns and shared commitments.Read full article >>



WorldViews: How Qatar’s ruler and Obama think alike on terrorism

February 25, 2015

Qatar’s emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, called on the White House on Tuesday. The morning meeting with President Obama yielded the usual bilateral bromides – references to a “wide-ranging conversation,” a “meeting of the minds,” mutual concerns and shared commitments.Read full article >>



WorldViews: U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border

February 24, 2015

MOSCOW — U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.Read full article >>



WorldViews: U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border

February 24, 2015

MOSCOW — U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.Read full article >>

Mystery surrounds kidnapping of American missionary in Nigeria

February 24, 2015

An American missionary working at a school in central Nigeria was kidnapped by masked gunmen Monday night, according to a statement from the Free Methodist Church and a spokesman for the state police, who said her kidnappers have not been identified.Read full article >>



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