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Australian Scotty James during a qualifying run at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Australian Scotty James during a qualifying run at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

U.S. WARNS OF BOMB THREAT ON SOCHI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned airline companies to watch out for explosive materials that could be hidden in cosmetic tubes, including toothpaste, CNN reports. Republican Congressman Michael McCaul said that according to the bulletin, the explosives could be used during flights to or in Sochi, where qualifying events for the Winter Olympics began today.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls for an “Olympic truce” around the world during the Sochi Games.

As journalists arrived in Sochi, they shared with Twitter followers the often funny, though sometimes disgusting, reality of their hotel rooms, suggesting that Sochi was unprepared.

This comes amid reports that hundreds of stray dogs have been killed by the authorities, who have said the animals can be wild and dangerous. There is also a movement afoot to save the remaining animals. Read more from The New York Times.

Check out the air that Australian snowboarder Scotty James managed during a qualifying run today.

MYSTERY CONTINUES AROUND AL-SISI’S FUTURE
It is still unclear whether Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run for president in the election later this year. Reports in a Kuwaiti newspaper of al-Sisi saying he would be a candidate were dismissed as having been “misinterpreted.” Should he decide to run for president, his popularity and lack of opposition would likely give him an easy victory. Read more from the BBC. For more on the Egyptian army leader, we offer this Le Temps/Worldcrunch portrait.

DEADLY ACCIDENT IN S. AFRICAN GOLD MINE
Rescuers in South Africa have recovered eight bodies from a gold mine near Johannesburg after a fire broke out, apparently triggered by a small earthquake, news agency SAPA reports. Nine miners were rescued yesterday evening, but one remains missing.

POST-FIRE MOURNING IN ARGENTINA
The Argentine government declared two days of mourning following the deaths of nine emergency services workers in a warehouse fire in southern Buenos Aires, Infobae reports. The warehouse belongs to a U.S. based company called Iron Mountain, specializing in documents and data management. An investigation is ongoing to find out what caused the fire.

SONY TO CUT 5,000 JOBS
Technology giant Sony announced it would cut 5,000 jobs as it revised its growth forecast from an initial $295 million profit to a loss of over $1 billion for the financial year ending in March, Bloomberg reports. The Japanese firm will also sell its Vaio PC unit and split its television division.

BY THE NUMBERS
Hookahs are being banned in establishments in Jordan, where the practice of smoking from the water pipes has been a staple of the culture since the days of the Ottoman Empire.

MY GRAND-PÈRE’S WORLD

IN PRAISE OF … ‘CAMELATTE’
If you’re looking for an alternative to cow’s milk that’s both rich in Vitamin C and low in fat, maybe you should try camel milk.
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A Brief History Of Patriarchy — And How To Topple It

Many people assume the patriarchy has always been there, but how did it really originate? History shows us that there can be another way.

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The patriarchy, having been somewhat in retreat in parts of the world, is back in our faces. In Afghanistan, the Taliban once again prowl the streets more concerned with keeping women at home and in strict dress code than with the impending collapse of the country into famine.

And on another continent, parts of the U.S. are legislating to ensure that women can no longer have a legal abortion. In both cases, lurking patriarchal beliefs were allowed to reemerge when political leadership failed. We have an eerie feeling of travelling back through time. But how long has patriarchy dominated our societies?

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