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Children are new targets in Central Africa’s conflict

In the latest violence to rock the crisis-prone and poor Central African Republic, children have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, mainly because of their family’s faith, aid workers say. “Before now, children were collateral victims, but today some of them are targeted directly,” said Ombretta Pasotti, who coordinates work…

NYC Mayor de Blasio revels in role as ‘man of the people’

His feet deep in snow and a shovel in hand as a snowstorm hit New York, new Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately displayed a leadership style contrasting sharply with his predecessor. Barely a day after he was sworn in, the liberal Democrat with little experience in office faced the first…

This eccentric Chinese tycoon is trying to buy The New York Times

Say what you will about oddball millionaire Chen Guangbiao — the man has a knack for publicity stunts. Within China, he has made a name for himself as a sort of homegrown Donald Trump. Though not China’s richest man (he has…  …

Activists accuse World Bank of deadly dealings in Honduras

< A recent political coup. Drug trafficking. One of the world’s highest murder rates. With attributes like those, Honduras may not sound like an easy sell for international investment. But that hasn’t dissuaded the World Bank, whose mission…  …

What would Machiavelli do? Emotional intelligence and automatization

In the Atlantic yesterday, Adam Grant, professor of management and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, wrote about our increasing interest and understanding of emotional…  …

Smart phone showdown: AT&T offers $450 to switch from T-Mobile

AT&T has fired a rather specific shot at one of its competitors on the brink of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. The company is offering $450 in credit to T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T. AT&T announced that T-Mobile…  …

Americans anticipate return of Downton Abbey Sunday night

Americans rekindle their peculiar love affair with the post-Edwardian demise of English aristocracy on Sunday when season four of “Downton Abbey” premieres on US public television. The internationally-acclaimed period drama set in a grand old Yorkshire country estate is seen in about 100 countries around the world — but nowhere…

Russian President Vladimir Putin scraps blanket ban on protests at Sochi Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday reversed a blanket ban on protests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, bowing to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Russia had initially banned any political protests in the Russian Black Sea resort city during the February Games as part of a tough…

Obama administration proposes new gun restrictions for the mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings. The rules come on top of a series of executive actions President Barack Obama announced after the Newtown, Connecticut school…

Nazi-hunting family calls for ban against anti-Semitic French comic Dieudonne

A Nazi-hunting family called for a demonstration and ban against French comic Dieudonne over his vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews. Serge and Beate Klarsfeld and their son Arno will be present at a theatre in Nantes, western France, next Wednesday, where the burly and bearded comedian is due to…

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