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Five years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, her nation is riven by war

[ad_1] Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman (center) shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (left) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. They are shown here during a torchlight procession in their honor in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, 2011. (Scanpix Norway, Fredrik Varfjell/AP) Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman was the most prominent leader of the 2011 revolution ...

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China’s Tibet tourism statistics just don’t add up

[ad_1] Tourists take a selfie at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, China. (Simon Denyer/The Washington Post) Depending on your perspective, the official statistics for the number of tourists flooding into Tibet are either impressive, or downright scary. The Chinese government says 23 million visitors will enter the Tibetan Autonomous Region this year, an 11-fold increase in a decade since it opened ...

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In photos: Deadly Hurricane Matthew lays waste to parts of Haiti

[ad_1] Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade, swept through Haiti this week, downing power lines, flattening buildings and killing more than 100 people. Aid groups are finally beginning to reach parts of the impoverished country that were cut off as communications failed and bridges collapsed. [Death toll rises above 100 as Haiti tallies devastation] ...

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Why Guterres won the race for U.N. secretary general despite not being a woman

[ad_1] U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is surrounded by Somali refugees as he speaks to the media  outside Dadaab, Kenya, on July 10, 2011. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP) On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council announced that it unanimously backed António Guterres to become the organization’s next secretary general, and on Thursday morning, it unanimously nominated him to the position. He will ...

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The biggest European impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations may be yet to come

[ad_1] A server room in a file photo from 2013. (EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE) LONDON — Three years after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden fled to Russia the fallout of the documents he leaked can still be felt quite strongly. In Europe, the biggest repercussions might still be ahead. A lawsuit filed by 10 organizations challenging U.K. mass surveillance has now reached the European Court of Human ...

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Europe wants to deport so many Afghans that Kabul airport might get a new terminal

[ad_1] King Philippe of Belgium, right, meets with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Oct. 5 in Brussels. World powers pledged billions of dollars for war-ravaged Afghanistan until 2020 at talks in Brussels amid fresh calls for the Taliban to make peace 15 years after they were driven from power. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images) BRUSSELS — Western and Afghan officials gathered Wednesday ...

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Theresa May criticized the term ‘citizen of the world.’ But half the world identifies that way.

[ad_1] British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a keynote speech as she closes the 2016 Conservative Conference at the ICC Birmingham on Oct. 5 in Birmingham, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) In defense of the Brexit decision she now must implement, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that no “divisive nationalists” would hold up the process of exiting the European ...

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Underground schools reopen as bombs fall on east Aleppo

[ad_1] The rebel-held Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 25. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters) Five years of war have brought a new curriculum to eastern Aleppo’s schoolchildren. “My 8-year-old son knows all the weapons. He hears the sounds and says, ‘Dad, that was a barrel bomb. Dad, that was shelling,’” said Ali al-Halabi, a father of three. Out in the streets, ...

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Philippine President Duterte tells Obama to ‘go to hell’

[ad_1] Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had harsh words for President Obama after he said the United States refused to sell some weapons to his country. “Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.” (Reuters) If it’s Tuesday, Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, must be swearing at President Obama. In a profanity-laced speech in Manila, Duterte lashed out once again at ...

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A tale of two Syrias, told by drones

[ad_1] In one drone video, government-held west Aleppo appears verdant and bustling. Another shows rebel-held east Aleppo as a pock-marked wasteland. (TWP) Last week, two videos shot by drone of the same city showed the parallel universes that exist within Syria’s miserable, grinding civil war. The first that emerged was footage obtained by the Reuters news agency of the ravaged eastern Aleppo, ...

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A Russian company is selling children’s beds modeled after the missile launcher that downed MH17

[ad_1] A boy walks past the Russian Buk-1M missile system in Yeysk, Russia, on Aug. 9, 2015. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters) Even in the most carefree times, a children’s bed fashioned after a missile launcher would probably raise eyebrows. But a Russian furniture company has drawn ire for selling a bed frame modeled after the Buk surface-to-air missile system that a Dutch-led inquiry has concluded ...

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The Emir of Qatar’s pet falcon died on a trip to Central Asia and he isn’t happy

[ad_1] A Kyrgyz man holds a falcon on his hand during the second World Nomad Games in Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, on Sept. 5, 2016. (EPA/Igor Kovalenko) Last week, the leader of Qatar, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, reportedly jetted into Kazakhstan on a private hunting trip. But things didn’t go quite as planned. According to local Kazakh reports, the emir’s favorite hunting falcon, ...

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Report offers stark picture of how Africa has stagnated over the last 10 years

[ad_1] The parliament was burned in post-election protests in Libreville, Gabon, last month. (Reuters/Edward McAllister) The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) — the most comprehensive survey of its kind — celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday with the release of a report that chronicles just how little improvement most African nations can claim in the past decade on a broad set ...

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The Dutch are slowly recognizing that their blackface tradition of Zwarte Piet is racist and weird

[ad_1] In 2013, a “Zwarte Piet,” or “Black Pete,” jokes with children after arriving with Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, by steamboat in Hoorn, Netherlands. Protests and demonstrations from minority groups have rocked such celebrations in recent years in Dutch cities. (Peter Dejong/AP) Over multiple years now, WorldViews has run stories about the problematic Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet. Around Christmastime, ...

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The rescue of a baby reveals the incredible toll on those who save lives in Syria

[ad_1] By Louisa Loveluck September 30 A rescue worker breaks down in tears after pulling a baby alive from the rubble following airstrikes in Idlib, Syria. Local reports say at least 21 people were killed. (Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib) Dropping his head, the rescue worker is inconsolable as he closes his eyes and appeals to God. Apparently filmed Thursday ...

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Two van Goghs were stolen 14 years ago. Last week they were found — in a drug kingpin’s safe.

[ad_1] Italian police have recovered two paintings by artist Vincent Van Gogh that were stolen from an Amsterdam museum 14 years ago. (Reuters) As international art thefts go, this van Gogh heist was rather low tech. In 2002, thieves used a ladder to break into a second-story window at the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They snatched two relatively small Van Gogh paintings and escaped by ...

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