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A video showing a masked man standing over two kneeling hostages in orange jumpsuits appeared on social media Tuesday.
Fareed Zakaria, senior U.S. news anchor and commentator on geopolitics, published a piece in the Washington Post on Jan. 15, urging and reminding readers of the futility of military intervention as the antidote to raging cauldrons in a Middle East beset by strife.
Back on newsstands Wednesday, Charlie Hebdo was no longer available in minutes across the French capital city, something never seen before for the satirical weekly. All outlets were also out of stock in the morning nationwide as the French flocked early to try to get their copy, much to the discontent of diehard opponents including al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Cherif Kouachi, who along with his brother Said killed 12 in a terrorist attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's offices, once told investigators that he counted Farid Benyettou as his mentor in jihadism. Yet after completing his jail time for a terrorist offense, Benyettou apparently turned away from radicalism and received training as a nurse. The hospital Benyettou works for treated the causalities of the Kouachis' rampage. After the attack took place, Benyettou offered to help the police.
Freedom of speech is at the forefront of global debate after the tragedy of the slain cartoonists, editors, police, workers and others at the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Another gunman related to the Charlie Hebdo attack took hostages at a Kosher supermarket due to his professed anti-Semitism. That hostage situation also ended with the loss of lives.
A screwball comedy triggers hacker-released revelations of celebrity gossip, gender inequality among the 1-percent top earners, and an ugly power struggle between Tinsel Town big shots that in turn leads to terror threats, international espionage accusations, geopolitical triangulation involving the world's most secretive nation and outcry against damage to the sacred freedom of speech.
It just happened, and almost no one has noticed that mainland China now accounts for 16.5 percent of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3 percent for the United States.
France's interior minister announced Monday that a French citizen named Maxime Hauchard participated in the “despicable crimes” shown on the video from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) made public over the weekend.
Backed by the allure of prosperity and upbeat market prospects, the trend toward liberalization is an indomitable force that no entity can resist. Following the death of Mao Zedong and the purging of the Gang of Four, Deng Xiaoping outmaneuvered political opponents to emerge victorious as the de facto leader of China.
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In a recently published short story, Tom Hanks dreamed up a world where space travel has become a hobbyist pursuit. The moon-orbiting spacecraft was built by a pool supply magnate-turned space entrepreneur and retrofitted with duct tape from Home Depot.
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