U.S. to Burundi’s leader: Country may explode if political critics are silenced

April 30, 2015

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — A senior U.S. diplomat told Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday that the East African country risks boiling over if it smothers political opposition, as protests against the president entered a fifth day.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Why won’t India criminalize marital rape? Because marriage is sacrament, the government says

April 30, 2015

In recent years sexual violence has become a subject of fierce debate within India, with new legislation put in place in 2013 designed to protect women from harassment, assault and rape. Despite some progress made, critics say the government has failed to address a number of specific issues in Indian society related to sexual violence.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Vietnamese leader says U.S. committed ‘countless barbarous crimes’ during the war

April 30, 2015

As crowds gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reminded the crowd of the role the United States had played in that war. “They committed countless barbarous crimes, caused immeasurable losses and pain to our people and country,” Dung told the audience in an address.Read full article >>



In Korea, Gloria Steinem plans to walk the walk and talk the talk — literally

April 30, 2015

SEOUL —When a group of 30 high-profile women travel to Pyongyang in a few weeks, they will be trying a new approach to the decades-old problem of the divided Korean Peninsula, says Gloria Steinem, a longtime feminist who will be taking part.Read full article >>



Chaos in tower, danger in skies at base in Africa

April 30, 2015

The skies above the U.S. military’s counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show.Read full article >>

Rescuers pull ‘miracle’ survivor from quake rubble in Nepal’s capital

April 30, 2015

Surrounded by the rubble of a collapsed guesthouse Thursday morning, a dozen rescue workers crouched outside a small opening between two concrete slabs, trying to reach a teenage boy trapped 10 feet inside.Read full article >>



Long-shot Miliband now the favorite to become Britain’s prime minister

April 30, 2015

STOCKTON-ON-TEES, ENGLAND — Even before the election campaign began, the verdict was in on Ed Miliband: He was too weak and too weird to be Britain’s prime minister.His approval ratings flirted with the lowest ever recorded for a major party leader. Among his Labor supporters, there were whispers of a coup. And with Britain’s economy recovering from the depths of recession, Conservative Party leader David Cameron seemed to have reelection locked up.Read full article >>

WorldViews: The unusual potatoes that could help solve world hunger

April 30, 2015

For years, a Dutch farm headed by Mark van Rijsselberghe has experimented with fruits and vegetables that can grow in saltwater. The hope is to address a pressing problem that will become even worse in the coming years: Nearly 20 percent of the world’s irrigated land that could be used for agricultural purposes is made unusable by saltwater. The problem is getting worse — the U.N. Institute for Water, Environment and Health estimates that at least 2,000 more hectares are lost each year.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Why Instagram’s video rules didn’t apply to Iran’s supreme leader

April 30, 2015

The Islamic Republic of Iran has a history of blocking citizens’ access to popular social media platforms, but when it comes to Instagram, nobody’s game is stronger than the country’s supreme leader.With more than a quarter million followers and as many as 10 posts a day (almost always photos of himself), Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has one of the most prolific Instagram accounts around.Read full article >>



Among Nepal’s earthquake survivors: Israeli gays and their surrogate babies

April 30, 2015

TEL AVIV — Holding his newborn daughter tightly, Amir Michaeli-Molian appeared beyond exhausted.It was Tuesday, 10 days since baby Maya’s birth in Kathmandu, Nepal. But already she and her new family — her two fathers, Amir and Alon Michaeli-Molian, and toddler sister, Shira — had experienced a devastating earthquake, a daring rescue operation and a flight on an emergency medical jet. Now there was the endless stream of Israeli journalists who had been traipsing through their modest apartment since the family arrived home 24 hours ago.Read full article >>



Everest avalanche survivor: ‘Like the world was coming to an end’

April 30, 2015

ITANAGAR, India — Every climber is attuned to the sound: deep, earthy, unmistakable. The slopes letting go of their weight.“A huge, tremendous boom” is how Nick Cienski described it.He and his wife knew they had only seconds until the wind-packed snow and sawtooth ice would reach Mount Everest’s base camp, a cluster of nylon tents and gear of teams waiting to push higher during the brief window each year when conditions are favorable to reach the world’s highest summit.Read full article >>



Nepali government’s delays frustrate international aid workers

April 30, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Dozens of international health-care professionals and emergency medical aid workers crammed into a small coordination office in Kathmandu on Wednesday looking for direction on how to assist in relief efforts after last weekend’s devastating earthquake.Read full article >>



U.S. allies in Middle East ramping up support for rebel forces in Syria

April 30, 2015

U.S. allies in the Middle East have ramped up their support for rebels fighting against Syrian forces in recent months, potentially widening a gulf over strategy between the Obama administration and its regional partners.Read full article >>

WorldViews: Abe offered condolences to U.S. World War II victims in speech to Congress, but it won’t silence his critics

April 29, 2015

On Wednesday, Shinzo Abe made history by becoming the first Japanese leader to ever address a joint meeting of Congress. And during his speech, the Japanese prime minister looked to history again, offering his “eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II.” The remark received a standing ovation from those in attendance.Read full article >>



In Nepal’s capital, plumes from pyres and pleas from quake survivors

April 29, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Cattle used to graze in the abandoned lot, picking for fresh shoots and herbs amid the trash. It’s now home to a makeshift settlement for about 500 people left homeless or too afraid to return to their damaged houses.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Nigeria rescues hundreds of girls — but not the missing schoolgirls

April 29, 2015

When news broke Tuesday that the Nigerian military had rescued nearly 300 girls and women from the Islamist group Boko Haram, Dorothy Ayuba rejoiced. After more than a year, her daughter had been found, she thought.Read full article >>



Thai Buddhist monk wants to clean up his country’s religious institutions

April 29, 2015

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand — Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Turkish politician: ‘Blonde girl’ Marie Harf should comment on Baltimore

April 29, 2015

Melih Gokcek, the mayor of the Turkish capital, Ankara, since 1994 and a prominent figure in Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party, has taken to Twitter to criticize the United States’ handling of protests in Baltimore.Read full article >>



In a surprise move, Saudi Arabia’s monarch shakes up line of succession

April 29, 2015

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia’s new monarch, King Salman, announced a major shift within the nation’s royal family on Wednesday, replacing his anointed heir with his nephew and naming his own son as the second in line to the throne.Read full article >>



WorldViews: A French Muslim girl was kicked out of class because her skirt was too long

April 29, 2015

According to French media reports, a 15-year-old French Muslim girl was banned from her class twice for wearing a skirt that was too long, and therefore supposedly a conspicuous display of religion. France’s state secularism has led to very strict laws prohibiting students from wearing overtly religious symbols in institutions of education.Read full article >>



Rescuers in Nepal finding total devastation in remote villages

April 29, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The rescue chopper had been delayed more than two hours by weather, and when it landed doctors were quick to pull out an elderly woman, her face caked with blood, who looked at them and said, “Where have I come?”Read full article >>



Obama: China has benefited by U.S. presence in Asia

April 28, 2015

President Obama said Tuesday that China has “benefited” from the U.S. presence in Asia and rejected the notion that new defense guidelines between the United States and Japan should be viewed as a provocation in Beijing.Read full article >>



U.S. dispatches destroyer after Iran boards commercial ship

April 28, 2015

The U.S. military has dispatched a destroyer in pursuit of a commercial ship that was fired upon and then boarded by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship, was intercepted by patrol ships from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy around 4 a.m. Eastern time, according to Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. No U.S. citizens were believed to be among the more than 30 crew members aboard the vessel.Read full article >>

WorldViews: Russia beat Hitler with tanks. Now it’s showing off the tank of the future.

April 28, 2015

Some pictures have emerged of a new-era Russian tank that’s scheduled to be debuted next week, when Russia commemorates the 70th anniversary of its victory in World War II on May 9.The ceremony is meant to mark a somber, proud moment for Russians. Notwithstanding the efforts of other Allies, the Soviet Union bore the brunt of the Nazi war machine and suffered a staggering loss of life over the course of the war. The Battle of Kursk in 1943 was the biggest tank engagement of the conflict, and the Soviet triumph there perhaps signaled the real turning point in the war against the Third Reich.Read…

WorldViews: Nigerian army claims to have rescued 293 women and girls

April 28, 2015

The Nigerian army claimed Tuesday that troops had rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area known as a Boko Haram hideout.”We cannot confirm if the #ChibokGirls are in this group,” reads a tweet from the official Twitter account of Nigeria’s armed forces. “The freed persons are now being screened and profiled. We will bring you details later,” reads another tweet.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Will Russell Brand decide the British election?

April 28, 2015

Update, 5:05 p.m.: Brand’s YouTube channel, the Trews, posted a short clip late Tuesday showing Brand questioning Miliband over whether his government would press multinational corporations to pay their share of taxes.Read full article >>



‘Bali Nine’ leaders executed by firing squad in Indonesia

April 28, 2015

Indonesia has executed two Australians who had been convicted of drug charges, in a sentence that was was carried out despite global pleas to spare the duo from a firing squad.Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were among those executed early Wednesday, according to the Jakarta Post. A total of eight prisoners were killed in Wednesday’s execution, the Jakarta Post reported.Read full article >>

WorldViews: Pakistani activist Sabeen Mahmud dared to discuss a neglected region of her country. Then she was killed.

April 28, 2015

Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, 40, was heading home with her mother on Saturday when she was fatally shot by gunmen on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan’s major southern port city.Days later, the killing remains unsolved. But her supporters wonder: Did she take on a topic that’s just too taboo in Pakistan?Read full article >>



WorldViews: Map: Where the East and the West meet

April 28, 2015

There’s no place on Earth where East and West, cardinal directions, don’t meet.But, over the centuries, East and West — particularly the East in the minds of people in the West — have become terms loaded with cultural freight. For a long time in the European imagination, the divide between these spheres centered on where Christendom ended and the lands of Islam began. The history of colonialism both reinforced and reconfigured these divides.Read full article >>

WorldViews: The aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake exposes Asia’s geopolitical fault lines

April 28, 2015

Even as it struggled to dig its people out of piles of rubble, Nepal’s government rejected Taiwan’s offer to send in a search and rescue team.The United States, meanwhile, sent condolences to victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal and to the much smaller number of people affected in India and Bangladesh — but notably did not mention those who died across the border in China’s Tibetan region.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Brazilian facing Indonesian firing squad is schizophrenic, say family and government

April 28, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Is a Brazilian national due to be executed imminently for smuggling cocaine into Indonesia a paranoid schizophrenic in urgent need of psychiatric care?This is the case being made by both the Brazilian government and the family of Rodrigo Gularte, 42, who was seized at Jakarta airport in 2004 trying to smuggle six kilograms of cocaine stuffed into surfboards.Read full article >>



Kenya is threatening to close the world’s largest refugee camp

April 28, 2015

DADAAB, Kenya — The Kenyan government is threatening to dismantle the world’s largest refugee camp, setting off a panic among the nearly 350,000 people who live here and the international aid organizations that care for them.Read full article >>



Stranded Mount Everest climbers now rescued

April 28, 2015

A precarious rescue effort at the top of the world concluded Monday, with daring helicopter pilots ferrying stranded climbers to relative safety from the uppermost reaches of Mount Everest, the world’s deadliest peak.Read full article >>



WorldViews: The troubling history following Japan’s Shinzo Abe to Washington

April 28, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Washington this week. His visit is designed to look ahead to the future of U.S.-Japanese relations, with discussion of increased security cooperation a key item on the agenda, as well as relations with China and trade. In a historic moment, Abe will also become the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting on Congress on Wednesday.Read full article >>



Forty years later, Vietnam veterans still search for lost loves

April 28, 2015

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The girls walk up and down the bar-lined street in Ho Chi Minh City, enticing male tourists to come in, come in, sit down, have a drink.Next door to the Caphe Da Lat 244 one recent night, a Vietnam veteran named Jim Reischl watches this scene unfold impassively, taking a drink out of a sweaty beer. Hard to believe it now, but more than four decades ago, a night just like this one changed his life.Read full article >>



In earthquake’s deadly aftermath, Nepalis grieve the loss of their sacred landmarks

April 28, 2015

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal —In the chill of a post-rain morning, ­Punya Ram Kawang, a teacher, was standing before a mound of rubble in his torn neighborhood Monday, trying to figure out how to grieve.His house was a pile. His neighbor, who is 70, was wailing and wiping her eyes with the hem of her sari. Around the corner, four temples of his city — revered, loved by all — were gone. In the heart of this ­UNESCO-honored place, a swirl of bricks engulfed a precious idol. Mighty stone lions now guarded steps to nowhere.Read full article >>



Why Brazilians are really going to miss supermodel Gisele

April 27, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — At first glance, the glittering career of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is not very Brazilian. The supermodel, who retired from the catwalks at age 34 on April 15 in a blizzard of publicity, has pursued her profession with a Teutonic single-mindedness and efficiency, as befits her family’s German roots.Read full article >>



WorldViews: U.N. satellite images show Nepal before and after earthquake

April 27, 2015

As rescue crews in Nepal expanded their rescue and search operations on Monday, the U.N. released before and after satellite images that show how the city of Kathmandu and other areas were devastated by the earthquake. As The Post’s Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi reported, at least 4,200 people lost their lives in the disaster.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Nepal’s other disaster: Its politics

April 27, 2015

Even in the aftermath of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, which killed thousands and displaced countless more, it has been difficult to come to grips with the scale of the calamity. Days after the quake rocked the capital, Kathmandu, destroying irreplaceable heritage sites, rescuers and response teams still struggled to reach the country’s remote outlying districts, where whole villages are feared to have been wiped off the map.Read full article >>

Tensions rise on Israel-Syria border after infiltration attempt, airstrikes

April 27, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces were on heightened alert on Monday along their country’s northern border with Syria after the military reported thwarting a militant attack with airstrikes.Details about the late Sunday incident were not clear, but unrest from Syria’s civil war has occasionally spilled over into the heavily guarded border zone near the Israeli-held Golan Heights.Read full article >>



Rescuers begin airlifting Mount Everest climbers to safety

April 27, 2015

Early Tuesday, Gordon Janow, the director of programs for the Seattle-​based trekking company, Alpine Ascents International, said that about 100 remaining climbers stranded in two camps on the side of Mount Everest have all been rescued.Read full article >>

WorldViews: How to help the victims of Nepal’s devastating earthquake

April 27, 2015

Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday, leaving thousands dead. Although rescue efforts are underway, aftershocks and cold weather have made attempts to help victims difficult.Here are some vetted charities in the region that have teams in Nepal, providing shelter, giving medical aid and carrying out other relief work.Read full article >>



W. Bartoszewski, resistance fighter and Polish foreign minister, dies at 93

April 27, 2015

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland’s underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country’s foreign minister, died April 24 in Warsaw. He was 93.Read full article >>



WorldViews: The picturesque village of Barpak was at the epicenter of Nepal’s earthquake. Now it’s flattened.

April 27, 2015

When the deadly earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, it destroyed parts of Kathmandu, the capital, bringing down historic temples and monuments that have been standing for more than 100 years. More than 3,800 people have been killed and more than 7,000 reported injured, while rescue efforts continue throughout the country.Read full article >>



WorldViews: Australian reporter fired after tweeting that soldiers raped and pillaged during storied Gallipoli campaign

April 27, 2015

This weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of World War I, a doomed attempt by British forces to invade the Gallipoli Peninsula and capture the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople. The day has a special place in the history of Australia and New Zealand: About 10,000 fighters from the two countries died in the fighting, a disproportionately large number.Read full article >>

WorldViews: Nepal’s famous Dharahara Tower becomes site for selfies after devastating earthquake

April 27, 2015

Nepal’s historic Dharahara Tower — a nine-story watchtower designed to provide views of the country’s winding capital, Kathmandu — was reduced to rubble by Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Officials said the weekend disaster has claimed more than 3,800 lives; the Hindu newspaper reported that “about 180 bodies have been retrieved” from the ruins of the Dharahara alone.Read full article >>



WorldViews: These twerking Russians just set off a patriotic firestorm

April 27, 2015

MOSCOW — If you’re going to twerk in Russia, don’t do it next to a World War II memorial.That’s the lesson learned over the weekend by three women whose hip-thrusting dance next to a vast Black Sea war memorial garnered them jail terms of up to 15 days. The decision came just two weeks after Russian authorities opened an inquiry into “depraved acts” related to a performance of the suggestive moves at a central Russian dance school, whose students dressed as twerking bumblebees.Read full article >>



Fear of aftershocks has Nepal on edge

April 27, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s capital became a city of whispers and rumors Sunday as residents hunkered down outdoors in tents and cars, and recurring aftershocks from Saturday’s earthquake kept everyone on edge, fearing another big quake.Read full article >>



Climbers trapped on Mount Everest ‘are getting desperate’

April 27, 2015

ITANAGAR, India — Helicopter teams began evacuating critically injured climbers at Mount Everest’s base camp Sunday morning, but the effort came to an abrupt halt when a significant new aftershock triggered more avalanches and fears of additional casualties at the world’s highest peak.Read full article >>



Assad’s hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria

April 27, 2015

BEIRUT — A surge of rebel gains in Syria is overturning long-held assumptions about the durability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which now appears in greater peril than at any time in the past three years.Read full article >>



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