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Kerry’s Visit to Nigeria Coincides With Major Boko Haram Offensive

Just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was preaching the importance of a peaceful Nigerian election in the coastal megacity of Lagos on Sunday, Boko Haram militants were engaged in a series of violent attacks in the northern city of Maiduguri, killing an unknown number of soldiers and civilians and terrifying the largest city in the country’s northeast. 748 more words


Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing Choice

The Islamic State beheaded one of the two Japanese citizens it has been holding, but signaled a potential willingness to negotiate over the fate of the other one — offering a tiny sliver of hope to a Japan reeling from shock and grief. 517 more words


I'm Officially Jealous of Canada's Party Passport

Our friendly neighbors to the north definitely have us beat when it comes to party tricks with your passport. They might appear pretty standard in normal light but put them under a black light and let the party begin. 49 more words

Getting to the other side

Under desperate pressure with an already boarding plane waiting  we made the decision that my two daughters and I will go and Irene and our son will stay behind. 751 more words


Davos Diary: When it Comes to Human Rights in China, It’s Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

The quickest way to end a conversation in Davos is to bring up human rights in China. I tried it roughly half a dozen times, and it always spoiled otherwise congenial encounters. 913 more words


Bill proposes slot machines for international travelers at Honolulu airport

A state lawmaker wants to bring slot machines to Honolulu International Airport.

Rep. Cindy Evans (D-North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) introduced a bill Friday that would provide slot machines for departing international passengers. 383 more words


With King’s Death, Younger Generation of Saudis Near Power

AMMAN, Jordan – Jawad Anani still remembers the first time he met Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It was 1997, and the Saudi monarch was trying to coax then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and then-Jordanian King Hussein to reconcile their longstanding differences about the direction of the Arab world. 831 more words