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Kurds Vs. ISIS, U.S. Drought, Free Wi-Fi At What Cost?

A duck walks across dried mud near a pond in Oregon.
A duck walks across dried mud near a pond in Oregon.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are attacking ISIS on three fronts in northern Iraq and are gaining territory on the border with Syria, AFP quotes senior Kurdish officers as saying. Meanwhile, Turkey has sent 35 armored vehicles, including a dozen tanks, to the border with Syria, where fights around the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani are intensifying. After a week of U.S. strikes in Syria, The New York Times reports that fighters in anti-Assad rebel groups are growing angry over the strikes, which they believe are reinforcing the Syrian government.

The severe drought affecting California and Oregon cannot definitely be linked to climate warming, a study shows. While acknowledging that human behavior contributes to climate change and heat waves across the globe, scientists suggest that "natural variability likely played a much larger role in the extreme precipitation events" such as the drought in the West, the Los Angeles Times reports. The report was published just days after CBS San Francisco warned that at least a dozen communities in northern and central California could run out of water in just 60 days.

As the crowds of protesters grow in Hong Kong ahead of tomorrow’s national holiday, protest leaders have set a 24-hour deadline for the city’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to respond to their demands of more democracy and to step down, AP reports. Leung said Chinawill not rescind its decision” to vet candidates before the 2017 election in Hong Kong, the controversy that is driving the protests. And Beijing continued to describe the demonstrations as “an illegal assembly.”

“To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly yesterday, as he tried to shift the discussion from ISIS to Iran.

As Clarin reports, spring, also known as the season of love, has arrived in South America. Experts point to a new kind of approach and natural toys to help heat things up in the bedroom. “We've all heard of Slow Food, which began as a reaction to the culture of fast food,” journalist Gisela Sousa Dias writes. “But lately, the philosophy of slowing down has spread to other areas,” which now also includes our love lives. Read the full article here.

Ashraf Ghani, who was yesterday sworn in as the new Afghanistan president, is expected to sign a deal today to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond the end of this year, Reuters reports. Under the bilateral agreement, almost 10,000 American troops will stay, as well as 2,000 military personnel from other NATO countries. In his address yesterday, Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks, but they denounced the deal as a “sinister” U.S. plot.

Forty-one percent of Syrian refugees aged between 15-24 have contemplated suicide at one time, according to a study by the UN and Save the Children International. Read more here.

U.S. Judge Thomas Griesa has ruled that Argentina is in contempt of court for its refusal to abide by a previous ruling ordering the country to repay the debt it owes to two American hedge funds, Bloomberg reports. The Argentinian government responded with a strongly worded statement, published by Clarín, that the decision “violates international law” and only provides “new elements in the defamation campaign being waged against Argentina by vulture funds.” Judge Griesa said he would decide on a penalty later.

A UK experiment meant to raise awareness about the dangers of public Internet access found that at least some people blindly accepted terms and conditions that offered them free Wi-Fi in exchange for their eldest child. Read more from The Guardian.

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How Prostitution In Medellín Has Burst Out Into The Open

Medellín was once a mix of conservative values and hidden perversions, but now the sex trade is no longer a secret to anyone.

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Updated Nov. 29, 2023 at 6:15 p.m.


BOGOTÁ — In the 1940s, Medellín wasn't just Colombia's chief industrial city but also boasted the most brothels, sex workers and "red light" districts.

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