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Jul 21, 2014

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway. Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts ...

Jul 21, 2014

In Damascus, semblance of normal life returns

Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favorite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria’s capital before war broke out. “We get together to chat, smoke a hookah (water pipe), ...

| Jul 21, 2014

Israel, Hamas equally vexed by status quo

If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it’s that things have to change. That’s why cease-fire efforts carried out by Egypt and backed by the West have so far failed, and why Israel decided to roll the dice and launch ...

Jul 21, 2014

Dutchman escapes Malaysia Airlines incidents — twice

A Dutch cyclist, riding for the Terrengganu team in Malaysia, escaped a Malaysia Airlines plane crash. Twice. According to Maarten de Jonge’s website, the 29-year-old, born in the Dutch town of Oldenzaal, was planning to travel back to Kuala Lumpur on Flight MH17 from ...

Anti-Russia sentiment running deep in Malaysia

Jul 21, 2014

Anti-Russia sentiment running deep in Malaysia

Many Malaysians are urging their government and world leaders to take a tough stance against Russia after pro-Russia rebels allegedly shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet, with some calling for economic sanctions and a boycott of Russian goods. While the rebels and Ukraine blame ...

Jul 21, 2014

Sky News issues apology after presenter roots though MH17 bags

British broadcaster Sky News apologized after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday. In a news broadcast, presenter Colin Brazier was shown rooting through personal belongings in an opened suitcase at ...

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 21, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Jul 21, 2014

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon’s role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was ...