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Bahrain opposition party probed for 'criminal' tweets

Bahrain has opened a criminal investigation against the country's main opposition party, accusing it of trying to undermine national security by publishing "criminal content" on its website and Twitter account.<p>The interior ministry said on Tuesday it had referred al-Wefaq to the public prosecutor …

Aung San Suu Kyi has gone silent on a major human-rights crisis in Myanmar

They call her “the Iron Orchid.”<p>It’s a sobriquet inspired by the dichotomy of her ironclad convictions and quiet grace. In many ways, Aung San Suu Kyi—recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991—is the consummate freedom fighter. As the uncontested and near-universally beloved leader of the Burmese …

Human Rights

Öfke, or, The wrath of Arda Turan

Soccer

Woman born with no womb gives birth to miracle twins

Hayley Haynes, who was born with no reproductive organs, has given birth to twins after specialist treatment to grow a womb<p>A woman who was told she would never have children because she was born with no reproductive organs has given birth to twin girls.<p>Hayley Haynes had the miracle babies, Avery …

Why China Is Nervous About Its Role in the World

In the wake of President Obama’s historic trip to India, China issued an unsolicited and perplexing statement downplaying the relevance of the visit. …

China

Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?

The main goal of transportation that costs riders nothing—getting people out of their cars—can't be achieved by eliminating fares.<p>About 500 subway riders in Stockholm have an ingenious scheme to avoid paying fares. The group calls itself Planka.nu (rough translation: "dodge the fare now"), and …

Boston City Employees Aren't Allowed to Badmouth the Olympics

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee that prohibits city employees from criticizing Beantown’s bid for the …

Employment

Marijuana's Surprising Effects On Athletic Performance

But THC, the main mind-altering chemical in marijuana, wasn't even included in the International Olympic Committee's banned-substances list at the time (it is now, but at a much higher level than the one he tested at). Rebagliati was allowed to keep his victory and medal. (He is now in the …

China, West Need To Settle Telecoms Dispute

<i>Bottom line: China and the west should sign an agreement for telecoms networking equipment trade that creates a transparent and fair playing field for fair trade while protecting national security.</i><p>A simmering national security standoff between China and the west involving telecoms networks could …

Gamers Are Dying in Taiwan's Internet Cafes

Hsieh would often disappear for days at a time inside an internet cafe in Kaohsiung, to binge on computer games. But on the 8th of January, after playing for three days straight, he collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest.<p><i>Photo by Wikimedia Commons user</i> <i>Dr. Karl-Heinz Hochhaus</i><p>Hsieh would often …

With its new Spartan browser, Microsoft tries to move past Internet Explorer’s checkered legacy

Today, Microsoft showed off a new feature-packed web browser, tentatively dubbed Project Spartan, for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It includes a number of elements not found on Internet Explorer, including integration with digital assistant Cortana; the ability to annotate web pages; a …

Windows 10

FIFA Is Giving Brazil $100 Million After The Country Spent $15 Billion On The World Cup

FIFA President Sepp Blatter pledged two years ago to give some of the revenue from the 2014 World Cup back to grassroots programs in the South American country, which spent about $15 billion organizing last year's World Cup.<p>Spending on the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics is expected to top $15 billion.<p>…

Soccer Gods

Soccer

Chomsky: Paris attacks show hypocrisy of West's outrage

<b>(CNN) —</b> After the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including the editor and four other cartoonists, and the murder of four Jews at a kosher supermarket shortly after, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared "a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical …

Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation …

Attacks on journalists threaten media freedom in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When Afghan journalist Hussain Sirat's car disappeared in late December, he assumed it was simply theft, until a man called …