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Unfazed by crisis

   Dec 22, 2017

Nearly half a year since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with and imposed trade and travel bans on Qatar, the oil-rich emirate has displayed extrao...

Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Pat DiNizio of Smithereens poses for a photograph in New York in 2007. DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band Smithereens, died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. | AP

Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and ...

NYC subway bomber followed radical preacher jailed in Bangladesh: Dhaka

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Monirul Islam, a top official of Bangladesh's counterterrorism department, addresses the media at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media center in Dhaka Wednesday. The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, but appeared to have no known links to local radical groups, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday. | AP

The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City’s subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical ...

Myanmar arrests two Reuters journalists over possession of ‘important secret papers’ linked to Rakhine

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Myanmar’s government said Wednesday it has arrested two journalists working for the Reuters news agency for possessing “important secret papers” obtained from two policemen who ...

Pentagon issues denial after U.N. rights investigator says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Jens Modvig (left), chair of the Committee against Torture;, Malcolm Evans (right), chair of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture; and Nils Melzer, sSpecial Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, speak at a news conference at the United Nations in New York Wednesday. | U.N. PHOTO / ESKINDER DEBEBE / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, ...

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