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4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:52 pm

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Middle East
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Already Bleak Conditions Under ISIS Deteriorating Rapidly

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World
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

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Europe
4:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Saudi Women Reportedly Referred To Terrorism Court For Driving

A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council recently recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers.
Susan Baaghil Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:18 pm

Two Saudi women arrested nearly a month ago for flouting a ban on female drivers have had their cases referred to a court established to try terrorists, according to The Associated Press.

Using driver's licenses obtained in the United Arab Emirates, Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, were arrested after crossing into Saudi Arabia, where women are officially banned from driving. The arrests took place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively.

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Turkey Frees Teenager Who 'Insulted' The President

Turkish demonstrators hold a banner with a photo of Mehmet Emin Altunses, who was released from jail Friday, two days after his arrest. The 16-year-old was accused of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Adem Altan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 1:44 am

A teenager arrested for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released from jail Friday following widespread outcry. The boy's arrest has fueled charges that the country is leaning toward authoritarianism.

As he left the courthouse in the central city of Konya, Mehmet Emin Altunses, 16, remained defiant.

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Ukrainian Peace Talks Put On Hold

Women pass by a group of the Ukrainian government soldiers in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday. Peace talks to resolve the conflict have inexplicably been called off.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

A key round of negotiations aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been unexpectedly called off.

Belarusian officials, who were set to host the continuation of talks in their capital, Minsk, starting today, had no immediate comment on the reason for the cancellation.

As the BBC writes:

"The latest talks also included Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Fri December 26, 2014

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

The documentary film, "Every Last Child," chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they're welcome in homes to share information, while men are not.
Courtesy of "Every Last Child"

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 8:46 am

When an Abu Dhabi film company, Image Nation, asked filmmaker Tom Roberts last summer to come up with an idea for a documentary about polio, he was flummoxed.

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The Salt
6:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."
WikiCommons

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:07 pm

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it's sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past.

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Asia
5:18 am
Fri December 26, 2014

For Indian Coastal Town, Tsunami Ushered In Change

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 7:52 am

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