John J. Xenakis

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World View: Fears of Terrorism at Sochi Russian Olympics Soar

Russian police have been handing out fliers to hotels, warning them of a "Black Widow" terror suspect who may be planning terrorist attacks during the Sochi Olympics. The name "Black Widow" originally was applied to women who were avenging the deaths of their husbands during the 1990s Chechnya wars, but in recent years the term has referred to any of the increasing numbers of female suicide bombers. Jan 21, 2014 2:42 AM PT

World View: Mob Rule in Central African Republic as Christians Crave Revenge

On Sunday morning, a Christian mob in Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic, lynched two Muslims, hacked them to pieces, and then burned their bodies in an act of rage. Scenes of this sort are being reported across CAR, but this one was different because there's a video of the act that's so horrifying that it's drawing worldwide attention. Jan 20, 2014 2:21 AM PT

World View: Aftermath of Egypt's Referendum Vote Will Affect U.S. Aid

Before the coup, Egypt was receiving $1.5 billion in U.S. aid annually, $1.3 billion of which is designated for the military. The aid included military equipment, including F-16s. For months, the Obama administration carefully refrained from using the word "coup" to describe Morsi's ouster, since American law requires aid to be cut off to a country that overthrows a democratically elected leader in a coup. Jan 17, 2014 6:00 AM PT

World View: China Threatens Military Seizure of South China Sea Island from Philippines

A Chinese media article published over the weekend says that China is preparing for a military invasion of the second-largest of the Spratly Islands. Pagasa Island is administered by the Philippines. China calls it the Zhongye Island and claims ownership and has threatened to use its vast military power to threaten and subdue any neighboring nation that disobeys its orders. Jan 16, 2014 12:34 PM PT

World View: Al-Qaeda Captures Multiple Syrian Cities

The al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Emirate in Iraq and Syria/Sham/theLevant (ISIS or ISIL) killed as many as 100 anti-Assad activists in Syria over the weekend and took control of several cities. Al-Qaeda and Syria's president Bashar al-Assad have essentially become military allies, fighting the Syrian anti-Assad militants. Jan 13, 2014 10:02 PM PT

World View: Israel's Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies

Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by a massive stroke in January 2006. Sharon's death is, perhaps surprisingly, a major international news story, even though he hasn't opened his eyes or spoken a word in eight years. Jan 13, 2014 9:13 AM PT

World View: Christians Cheer Muslim Central African Republic President's Resignation

Christians in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), filled the streets and cheered wildly at the news that the country's president, Michel Djotodia, had announced his resignation under pressure from France and others in the international community. Djotodia, a Muslim, became president last March in a coup that ousted president François Bozize, a Christian. Jan 11, 2014 12:24 PM PT

World View: Uganda, China Intervene in South Sudan Conflict

As the ethnic Dinka vs Nuer conflict continues in South Sudan, Uganda has provoked controversy by send an unspecified number of troops into South Sudan to support the Dinka side. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni says that the troops are purely defensive, guarding the airport and government buildings. Jan 10, 2014 1:14 AM PT

World View: Eurozone Plummets into Deflation

The eurozone consumer price index (CPI) inflation rate fell to 0.8% in December, continuing a long string of steadily decreasing month after month inflation rate reports. The "core inflation rate," which excludes food and energy and so is less volatile, fell to 0.7%. Jan 9, 2014 1:29 PM PT


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