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New Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina
New Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina
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CEASEFIRE NEGOTIATIONS OPEN IN SOUTH SUDAN
Representatives of South Sudan’s government have started negotiating a ceasefire with opposition forces in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, three weeks after the outbreak of violence in the world’s youngest nation, AFP reports.

ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTS MISSILE SHIELD SYSTEM
Israel carried out a successful test of its future missile shield system Arrow 3,The Jerusalem Postreports. The new shield, designed to intercept Iranian Shihab 3 missiles, among others, is expected to become operational in 2016.

NSA SEEKS QUANTUM COMPUTER TO BREAK SECURITY SYSTEMS
The U.S. National Security Agency is building a super machine — described as “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — that could potentially break every kind of encryption system currently protecting banking, business, medical and government records, The Washington Post reports, citing material leaked by Edward Snowden.

EX-FINANCE MINISTER BECOMES NEW MADAGASCAR PRESIDENT
Madagascar’s former Finance Minister Hery Rajaonarimamapianina was declared winner of the presidential election, with 53.5% of the vote in the second round, according to Radio France Internationale. Earlier this week, rival Robinson Jean-Louis claimed the election had been rigged.

A TREATMENT FOR CANNABIS ADDICTS?
French scientists claim to have found a natural hormone that cancels out the effects of “mild euphoria” induced by cannabis, raising hopes of a future treatment against intoxication and addictions to the drug. Read more from France 24.

SNOW SLAMS EAST COAST

After blanketing Illinois with 18 inches of snow earlier, a U.S. snow storm is now hitting the Northeast. See our Foto here.

VERBATIM
India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced today he won’t seek re-election, and in the next breath slammed an opposition candidate as bad for the country. Read here what he said.

BY THE NUMBERS
As Formula One champion Michael Schumacher turns 45 today, fans prepare to gather for a vigil outside his hospital, where he is still in a coma following a ski accident.

SMASHING
Did you see this incredible shot from Roger Federer?

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How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

American and Southwest Airlines have been refusing to allow Cubans on board flights if they've been blacklisted by the government in Havana.

How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

Boarding a plane in Camaguey, Cuba

Santiago Villa

On Sunday, American Airlines refused to let Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Álvarez board a Miami flight bound for Havana. It was at least the third time this year that a U.S. airline refused to let Cubans on board to return to their homeland after Havana circulated a government "blacklist" of critics of the regime. Clearly undemocratic and possibly illegal under U.S. law, the airlines want to make sure to cash in on a lucrative travel route, writes Colombian journalist Santiago Villa:

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Imagine for a moment that you left your home country years ago because you couldn't properly pursue your chosen career there. It wasn't easy, of course: Your profession is not just singularly demanding, but even at the top of the game you might not be assured a stable or sufficient income, and you've had to take on second jobs, working in bars and restaurants.

This chosen vocation is that of a writer or journalist, or perhaps an artist, which has kept you tied to your homeland, often the subject of your work, even if you don't live there anymore.

Since leaving, you've been back home several times, though not so much for work. Because if you did, you would be followed in cars and receive phone calls to let you know you are being watched.

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