John J. Xenakis

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World View: Bethlehem Celebrates Roman Catholic Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve

Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis, as well as international pilgrims and tourists, arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday to witness the Roman Catholic midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, where it's thought that Jesus Christ was born. Visitors included Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and European Union foreign minister Catherine Ashton. Dec 25, 2013 4:37 AM PT

World View: Jihadist Group Ansar Jerusalem Kills Eleven in Egypt Car Bomb Attack

A car bomb attack early Tuesday on a police headquarters in Mansour, a Nile Delta city north of Cairo, killed 11 people, and injured dozens. The attack comes a day after al-Qaeda linked Sinai terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem) issued a statement calling on Egypt's police and army to desert because they were supporting a secular government. Dec 23, 2013 8:34 PM PT

World View: China Denounces Japan's Planned Military Expansion

China is denouncing Japan's change in military strategy from "pacifism" to "proactive pacifism. Japan plans substantial increases in defense and military spending, especially to create a new amphibious assault force, in response to China's surging military strength and nationalistic aggression. Dec 22, 2013 3:25 AM PT

World View -- Positions Harden in US/India Diplomatic Debacle

Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat, was arrested for underpaying her nanny, also an Indian, and for lying about the pay on her visa application. Indians are furious because Khobragade was arrested, strip searched, and forced to sit in a lockup with drug users for several hours, which the New York City police say is standard procedure. Dec 21, 2013 5:58 AM PT

World View: U.S. and Britain Evacuate Citizens from South Sudan as Unrest Spreads

The United States and Britain on Wednesday began evacuating their personnel from their embassies in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The evacuations come three days after gunbattles broke out in Juba. Some reports indicate that the gunbattles are between members of warring Dinka and Nuer tribes. Dec 19, 2013 12:15 PM PT

World View: Japan Announces Military Buildup to Counter China

Japan has announced a plan to change its military strategy from "pacifism" to "proactive pacifism," and to increase defense spending and transform its military from a largely land-based force to a new amphibious assault force. Dec 18, 2013 12:25 AM PT

World View: U.N. Makes Biggest Funding Request Ever, for Syria

The United Nations on Monday made the biggest appeal for emergency aid in its history, a total request of $12.9 billion, half of which is for victims of Syria's war. According to the U.N., 9.3 million people inside Syria require aid. Dec 17, 2013 2:12 AM PT

World View: Syria's Air Force Drops 'Barrel Bombs' on Aleppo Neighborhoods

Syrian government aircraft have dropped at least 25 barrel bombs on neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, targeting three districts and a school, killing dozens of civilians and at least 15 children. A "barrel bomb" is a barrel containing hundreds of pounds of explosives, designed to cause massive damage on impact. Dec 16, 2013 1:22 AM PT

World View: China Naval Vessel Confronts U.S. Warship in International Waters

A Chinese naval vessel confronted the USS Cowpens, a guided missile warship, in international waters on December 6, forcing the U.S. vessel to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The Chinese action was deliberate, and was apparently taken to prevent the U.S. warship from conducting surveillance on China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Dec 15, 2013 1:14 AM PT

World View: India Announces Travel Restrictions as Taliban Targets Polio Workers in Pakistan

The Taliban have imposed an "official ban' on polio vaccinations, and they've been murdering doctors and nurses who administer the vaccines. The result is that polio is endemic in Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan and Nigeria. India has become the first country to implement a ban on travelers from Pakistan who have not been immunized against polio. Dec 14, 2013 7:37 AM PT

World View: Russia Prepares for Chechen Jihadists' Return from Syria

Thousands of ethnic Chechens have come from Chechnya, Russia's southern province, or from Europe, and have gone to Syria to fight against the army of Syria's genocidal monster president Bashar al-assad. Russian officials are finally beginning to worry that these Chechens, battle-hardened from the war in Syria, will return to Russia and join Sunni militants who are fighting violent separatist movements in the Caucasus. Dec 13, 2013 12:32 AM PT

World View: U.S., Britain Halt 'Non-Lethal Aid' to Syria's Rebels

The United States and Britain are suspending shipments of "non-lethal military aid" to the Syrian rebels opposed to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The decision to end this aid came when the Islamic Front last week stormed and took control of several warehouses filled with American supplies. Dec 12, 2013 2:12 AM PT

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