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Migrant Breakthrough, POTUS Record, Guide To Pooping

Migrant Breakthrough, POTUS Record, Guide To Pooping


Malaysia and Indonesia have pledged to provide temporary shelter to the estimated 7,000 migrants believed to be stranded at sea, a move that AP characterizes as “a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia.” Most of the migrants are members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Hours before the announcement, some 400 migrants were rescued by Indonesian fishermen after their boat was reportedly turned away by Thai and Malaysian authorities.


The Iraqi government has issued a statement calling for volunteers to join the fighting squads as it prepares for what promises to be a long battle to retake the city of Ramadi from ISIS’ grip. While analysts are criticizing Baghdad’s failed strategy and its shortcomings, Barack Obama is said to be eyeing faster training and more arms supplies for Iraqi tribes. Read more from Al Jazeera.


U.S. President Barack Obama’s new Twitter account @POTUS broke a new record as it reached 1 million followers in under 5 hours. Oh, and just so you know, the White House actually archives every “mention” and “direct message.” So think before you tweet.


Happy birthday, Cher! See that and three other notable events from this day in your 57-second shot of history here.


Telecommunications group Altice, of French-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi, is entering the U.S. cable sector with the acquisition of 70% of Suddenlink for a reported price of $9.1 billion, according toLes Échos. And this could be just the beginning for Altice with Bloomberg reporting that the group has made a takeover bid for Time Warner Cable. Altice has made a number of important acquisitions under the leadership of Drahi, who also owns French publications Libération and L’Express, as well as Israel’s i24news.


The USA is celebrating the end of the David Letterman era. We’ve put together our own international ode to the legendary American talk-show host, a video of those around the world who have taken a page from Dave. Watch it here.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the BBC he doesn’t trust his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin but had “no other option” than negotiating with him. In the interview, Poroshenko, who was elected a year ago, also commented on the arrest last weekend of two Russian servicemen in eastern Ukraine. “Can I be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia,” he said. Moscow denied the accusation and said the two servicemen were no longer employed by the state when they were caught.



“Lock them in, do not let them go out, then they will not post anything,” is how Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants husbands to deal with wives who took to Whatsapp to criticize a controversial marriage. Last weekend, Kadyrov approved the apparently forced marriage of a 17-year-old to an already married police chief aged 47, in violation of Russia’s anti-polygamy law.


Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon have suspended a project to implement segregated buses, hours after it was introduced. Under what a Defense Ministry official had told AFP was a “three-month pilot project,” Palestinians who commute to Israel to work would have been banned from using the same buses as Israeli citizens. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog had characterized the policy as “an unnecessary humiliation” while the leader of the left-wing Meretz party, Zahava Gal-On, commented “This is how apartheid looks.”


The road to recovery will be long and steep for Nepal, writes Roger-Pol Droit in Les Échos. But there may be something about the Nepalese psyche that allows the country to survive catastrophes differently: “Nepal, where 80% of the population is Hindu, is a conservatory of Indian thought traditions. Coexisting without any real conflicts are many schools and branches of Hindu, not to mention Buddhists, which represent about 10% of the population. All are living in what is believed to be Buddha's birthplace. The Nepalese are therefore permeated with a metaphysical, cultural and spiritual background different from that of Westerners.”

Read the full article, Nepal, The Spiritual Roots To Guide Earthquake Recovery.


The U.S. Justice Department has charged six Chinese nationals, including three professors who attended the University of Southern California, with economic espionage on behalf of Beijing. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.


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An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean yesterday after a pipeline ruptured near Santa Barbara, California, creating a four-mile long slick, the Los Angeles Times reports. It’s still unclear what caused the rupture.


We’ve apparently been pooping all wrong for decades. This is how we should do it.

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Tales From A Blushing Nation: Exploring India's 'Issues' With Love And Sex

Why is it that this nation of a billion-plus has such problems with intimacy and romance?

Photo of Indian romance statues

Indian romance statues

Sreemanti Sengupta

KOLKATA — To a foreigner, India may seem to be a country obsessed with romance. What with the booming Bollywood film industry which tirelessly churns out tales of love and glory clothed in brilliant dance and action sequences, a history etched with ideal romantics like Laila-Majnu or the fact that the Taj Mahal has immortalised the love between king Shahjahan and queen Mumtaz.

It is difficult to fathom how this country with a billion-plus population routinely gets red in the face at the slightest hint or mention of sex.

It therefore may have come as a shock to many when the ‘couple-friendly’ hospitality brand OYO announced that they are “extremely humbled to share that we observed a record 90.57% increase in Valentine’s Day bookings across India.”

What does that say about India’s romantic culture?

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