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BEIRUT (Reuters) – An air strike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo killing at least one person in the early hours of Tuesday, a day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region, a war monitor said. Jets hit Awaijel’s Baghdad hospital with rockets, injuring medical staff and patients, including some who had just moved there from a hospital hit in nearby Kafrnaha on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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By AsiaToday reporter Lee Mi-hyun – Asian Millennials, born between the early 1980s-early 2000s, are eating out more often and more interested in traveling abroad than Western counterparts. In particular, Millennials in emerging markets such as China and India are seeing their average wage increase and their buying power will increase further in the coming years. Let’s look at the spending habits of the Millennials in Asia.

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Reactions from world leaders to the shocking presidential victory of Donald Trump steadily trickled in early Wednesday. Most ― even from leaders who’d been critical of Trump in the past ― offered diplomatic congratulatory statements

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Kate Frucher Kate Frucher is Co-Founder and CEO of Imprint , a “many-to-one” communications platform with a mission is to use social technology to spark acts of kindness and real human connection.

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Xi Jinping’s foreign policy hinges on realizing “the China dream.” But, beyond a nationalistic desire to “stand tall” on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior. This article takes a humanistic approach by asking two questions: Which Chinese do the Chinese themselves revere and what does this reveal about the country’s place in the world moving forward? More..

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BAGHDAD (AP) — A group of Americans who went missing over the weekend in Iraq were kidnapped from their interpreter’s home in Baghdad, according to an Iraqi government intelligence official. The kidnapping occurred, the official said, after the Americans were invited into the home of their interpreter in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora.

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WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is aware of reports that three U.S. citizens have gone missing in Iraq and is working with Iraqi authorities to find them, a U.S

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Don’t Hold Back Your Tears for Yemen

17Nov

The UNDP recently held its Resilience Development Forum (RDF) , looking at how the international community can support the many millions of Syrians displaced by civil war. It has taken over four years of conflict but delegates at the RDF at least now recognized that only a political solution can bring an end to the fighting and give hope to the displaced that they might return home and build a future in Syria. Whether the need for a political solution will be recognized by the peace talks scheduled to restart soon in Vienna is, of course, another matter entirely

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Uh, What Even Is This Stephen Curry Shot?

12Nov

The Golden State Warriors, reigning world champions, are 9-0 and beating teams by an average of 17.6 points per game.

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Who Will Investigate the Investigators?

25Oct

We are currently trying to understand the cause of what must be the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

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A Third Intifada?

13Oct

Here is what I posted on American Spectator’s spectator.org on Sunday/ Oct 11, 2015. http://spectator.org/articles/64324/third-intifada The Story behind President Obama’s Sixty Minutes Interview: “If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your ally, is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.” Barack Obama, interview with Steve Kroft 60 Minutes, October 11, 2015

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We’re going to Mars  — and we’re going in the not-too-distant future.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A day after threatening rocket launches, North Korea declared Tuesday that it has revamped and restarted all its atomic bomb fuel production plants. The back-to-back announcements, which many outside analysts consider threats designed to spur talks with the United States that could eventually provide impoverished North Korea with concessions, will push Pyongyang further toward a standoff with Washington and its allies. The North said in its state media that its plutonium and highly enriched uranium facilities at the main Nyongbyon nuclear complex had been “rearranged, changed or readjusted and they started normal operation.” On Monday, Pyongyang warned that it is ready to launch “satellites” aboard long-range rockets that the West considers banned long-range missiles meant to eventually threaten America’s mainland with atomic bombs.

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The Houston Rockets’  James Harden  can now rest assured he has graduated from mere basketball star into pop culture reference. Beyonce wore Harden’s No

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By Tony Munroe and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea stands ready to respond to further provocations from North Korea, the presidential Blue House said on Saturday, as an ultimatum loomed for Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by late afternoon or face military action. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been running high after an exchange of artillery fire on Thursday, prompting calls for calm from the United Nations, the United States and the North’s lone major ally, China

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Yemen is no Place for Men, Women and Children

20Ago

At one hospital, lights flickered as generators ran low on fuel, patients lay on the floor and cardboard was used as mattresses, reported a U.N. official after a trip to Yemen. “The scale of human suffering is almost incomprehensible

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Which of the world’s museums is the most Googled? It’s London’s Science Museum . I recently spent an hour in the museum’s permanent exhibit of information technology through the ages and I can see why.

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Taking the ‘I’ Out of Volunteering

15Ago

So many nonprofits, so many causes, so much need. If only there were more volunteers to help. Not so fast

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Yemen’s former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is working to bring his successor and former deputy, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to trial at The Hague for his role in the deadly violence raging in Yemen. In an exclusive interview with HuffPost Arabi , which is translated into English and published in full below, Yemen’s former president weighed in on his political future and the conflict currently ravaging his country.  Airstrikes and ground fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels, also known as Ansar Allah, and Saudi-backed troops loyal to Hadi have left some 4,000 people  dead and sparked a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale in the impoverished country.  Saleh, who was forced to hand over  the reins of power in 2012 after mass protests against his rule, threw his weight behind the Houthis, his former enemies, after  their uprising gained momentum  in 2014. Now, it appears the former autocratic leader is positioning himself to emerge even stronger from a crisis he helped create. Notorious for his willingness to make deals with anyone , and sacrifice anything, for his own political survival, the former president used his influence among large pockets of the security forces to help the rebels overrun the capital, put Hadi under house arrest, and, after his escape, pursue Hadi to the southern port city of Aden.

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The Good Thing About Bad Times

28Jul

Yesterday was a good day in the middle of a good month in what’s turning into a pretty good summer. You know how it is — moments melt into hours, into days, months and years. And as good years tend to go, it’s a blur

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“Mom! Dad! Can we go to the library to check out a big stack of books? After I do all of my chores, I would really like to spend the rest of the afternoon reading quietly!”   ..

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By: Fiona Moriarty and Scott Manteuffel at Hipmunk.com Well sports fans, we made it! With the Golden State Warriors’ series victory over the Houston Rockets, our NBA Finals matchup is finally set. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA’s Eastern Conference will take on the West’s Golden State Warriors for all the marbles.

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James Harden and the Houston Rockets have a huge problem on their hands, and it’s not Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson or any member of the Golden State Warriors.

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NBA MVP Steph Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, stealing the spotlight with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. But after the game, someone stole the spotlight from him: His own daughter.

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The Houston Rockets apologized to the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday after posting a tweet that was widely criticized for being unsportsmanlike. During Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Mavs, the people responsible for the Rockets’ official Twitter account sent out a tweet featuring an emoji of a gun pointed at a horse’s head and the words: “Shhhh. Just close your eyes.

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Hamas Bars Gaza Children From Israel Trip

28Dic

By Ran Tzabar and Nidal al-Mughrabi ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organizers of the trip said. Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the children’s “suspicious” itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border. Israeli peace activists said they had secured permission from the military to admit the 37 children and five accompanying adults for a week-long tour of Israel and the occupied West Bank, seat of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s government.

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WASHINGTON — They lived within our borders for years, thousands of miles away from the lives they helped ruin.

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GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said on Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Accusing Israel of opening a “gateway to hell”, Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The attacks caused no casualties but demonstrated the Islamist movement could still bring the Gaza war to Israel’s heartland despite heavy Israeli bombardments in the five-week-old conflict.

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(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were. But today, as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, marks its 25th anniversary at a conference in Chicago (Aug

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GAZA, July 29 (Reuters) – Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people. A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs, and the fuel containers were in flames.

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By James M. Dorsey The effort to achieve a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip resembles a see-saw with at times Israel and at other times Hamas rejecting a halt to hostilities or violating a brief silencing of the guns in a bid to ensure its collapse

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JERUSALEM, July 27 (Reuters) – The Israeli military started fighting again in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, saying Hamas militants had ignored a 24-hour, humanitarian ceasefire requested by the United Nations. “Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the (army) will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip,” a military statement said. Residents in Gaza reported hearing heavy shelling east of Gaza City shortly after the announcement was made

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(Adds details, military statement, and background) JERUSALEM, July 22 (Reuters) – An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the military as saying on Tuesday, two days after the Islamist Hamas group announced they had captured a soldier during clashes.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 8 people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel. The offensive has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November 2012. Militants unleashed rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized thousands of forces along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion into the Palestinian territory

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Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald’s comment that she is “like a neocon, practically.” On Friday in England, Clinton boasted that two years ago she had favored a proposal by a top British General to train 100,000 “moderate” rebels to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria, but Obama had turned her down. The American Thatcher?

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The conflict in Iraq started a century ago. One hundred years ago on June 28, to be exact

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By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, June 27 (Reuters) – A U.N. expert panel has concluded that a shipment of rockets and other weapons that was seized by Israel came from Iran and represents a violation of the U.N. arms embargo on Tehran, according to a confidential report obtained by Reuters on Friday

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BEIRUT, June 23 (Reuters) – Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising them a free education, a Human Rights Watch report said on Monday. The report said the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has made rapid territorial gains across the border in Iraq, had given children weapons training in Syria and told them to carry out suicide bombings

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By James M. Dorsey It’s not just soccer fans whose football fever soars during a World Cup. So does that of militant Islamists and jihadists with deadly consequences

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli soldiers clashed Friday with Palestinians during West Bank raids, killing a 15-year-old and seriously wounding three Palestinians, officials said. The raids were the latest in a large-scale search for three Israeli teens missing and feared abducted in the territory

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the abduction of three Israeli teens in his first public comments since they went missing in the West Bank four days ago. Israel has alleged the abductions were carried out by the Islamic militant group Hamas, but has also held Abbas and his self-rule government in the West Bank responsible for the fate of the three Jewish seminary students. More..

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA NBA Temporada 2012 Andrew Bynum anotó 23 puntos con 16 rebotes, Pau Gasol coló un par de triples consecutivos en el tiempo extra y los Lakers de Los Angeles, sin echar de menos al lesionado Kobe Bryant, ganaron su cuarto partido seguido al vencer el domingo 112-108 a los Mavericks de Dallas.

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA NBA Temporada 2012 De haber sabido que jugaría tan mal, Derrick Rose se hubiera quedado en la banca este partido. Lo bueno para él es que sus compañeros en Chicago lo relevaron. C.J

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA NBA Temporada 2012 Rajon Rondo completó un triple doble y los Celtics de Boston recetaron a Miami su derrota con mayor diferencia en la temporada al vencer al Heat por 91-72. Los Celtics superaron al Heat por 31-12 en el tercer cuarto, ampliando una ventaja de 49-44 en la primera mitad a 80-56

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Filed under: Videos , Baloncesto , NBA Marcus Camby de Houston logró un enceste de antología en el tercer cuarto del partido contra Sacramento, pero para su mala fortuna no valió. En el último segundo del tiempo válido, Camby tiró desde su propio campo para encestar, desatando la locura de la afición, sin embargo el balón estaba en sus manos cuando el tiempo había expirado, por lo que no sumó tres puntos al marcador. Pese a la decepción, Rockets ganó el juego ‪113 a 106.‬   Permalink  |  Email this  |  Linking Blogs  |  Comments

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