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Even Europe’s humanitarian superpower is turning its back on refugees

MALMO, Sweden — When the small, crumpled body of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on the Aegean coast Sept. 2, Europe’s humanitarian superpower sprang into action.<p>Sweden’s prime minister headlined gala fundraisers, Swedish celebrities starred in telethons, and a country that prides itself on doing …

European Union

Netflix vs. Amazon in 2015: A tale of two video-streaming giants

As we near the end of another year, VentureBeat takes a look back at some of the highlights from two companies at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement: Netflix and Amazon.<p>From awards and big-name content acquisitions to new international markets and strategic partnerships, this is a tale of …

Twitter sucks at fighting ISIS

Governments and Silicon Valley leaders are going crazy about fighting ISIS online, and the panic has even recently led people who are usually pretty smart to give up on free speech. Twitter proved today there's even collateral damage on the web's fight against radicalism, when it suspended the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Obama, Lynch to meet ahead of new executive action on guns

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions and is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales.<p>Described as "imminent" by people …

Guns

Russia sentences blogger to 5 years in Siberian prison as Internet crackdown intensifies

Russia on Wednesday sentenced a blogger in the city of Tomsk to five years in a Siberian prison for "inciting extremism and hatred" after he …

6 stories you should read as you listen to ‘Serial’s’ Bowe Bergdahl season

Finally. After months of anticipation, season 2 of “Serial” dropped Thursday morning. The subject: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was captured by the Taliban and released last year through a prisoner swap.<p>Since then, he’s been charged with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion “in …

Bowe Bergdahl

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff is getting her sweet, sweet revenge

Local police raided several properties belonging to the leader of the opposition, Eduardo Cunha, according to the BBC.<p>Cunha is the speaker of Brazil's lower house, and initiated impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, which started last week.<p>The raid on his properties was named "Catilinarias"— a …

Brazil

3 stabbed at London Tube station in terror attack, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man stabbed three people at an east London Tube station Saturday before police subdued him with a stun gun and made an arrest, London's Metropolitan Police said.<p>Police said they were treating the stabbing at Leytonstone station as a terrorist incident.<p>One man sustained serious injuries …

Extremism

Iraq summons Turkish ambassador to demand withdrawal of troops

Government says it was not informed of deployment near Isis-held Mosul described by Turkey as a rotation of training personnel<p>Iraq’s foreign ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw hundreds of troops deployed to northern Iraq, near the Islamic State …

Middle East

Russia’s Putin says ‘Allah is punishing’ Turkey’s rulers

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the union address on Thursday and, as my colleague Andrew Roth reported, he reserved some of his most charged rhetoric for Turkey. Leaders of the two countries have been locked in a war of words ever since the Turkish military brought …

Russia

HTC throws shade at Apple in least subtle commercial ever

HTC's latest flagship, the all-aluminum HTC One A9, has been repeatedly called out for its similarity to the iPhone 6. Now, HTC's commercial for the …

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

SAN FRANCISCO — Of all the states, California has set the most ambitious targets for cutting emissions in coming decades, and an important pillar of its plan to reach those goals is encouraging the spread of electric vehicles.<p>But the push to make the state greener is creating an unintended side …

Electric Vehicles