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    WATCH: Politicians behaving badly in 2014
    Dec29

    WATCH: Politicians behaving badly in 2014

    Because they live their lives in the public eye, politicians and elected officials inevitably have more exposure to cameras than your average citizen. Usually, this leads to stump speeches, sound bites, and your standard partisan attacks. From time-to-time, though, cameras are rolling during a moment our elected leaders would really rather...

    Seven conflicts that merited more attention in 2014
    Dec29

    Seven conflicts that merited more attention in 2014

    While Syria, the Islamic State and Ukraine generated headlines, there was plenty of other mayhem that didn’t make the front pages as often. …read more Source: Toronto...

    ‘Grexit’ spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts
    Dec29

    ‘Grexit’ spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts

    Brussels (AFP) – Fears of a Greek euro exit have returned with a bang after Athens called early elections on Monday, but steps taken after the financial crisis should stop the rest of the currency zone imploding, analysts say.The bigger issue is of political contagion across the EU, with anti-austerity parties across the continent likely to...

    Ukraine Formally Scraps Non-aligned Status
    Dec29

    Ukraine Formally Scraps Non-aligned Status

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law revoking Ukraine’s non-aligned status as part of efforts to move the country closer to NATO, the western military alliance. Russia views NATO expansion as a threat and President Vladimir Putin last week signed a military doctrine reiterating those concerns. Poroshenko signed the...

    Moscow Court Rushes Verdict to Putin’s Chief Foe Alexei Navalny
    Dec29

    Moscow Court Rushes Verdict to Putin’s Chief Foe Alexei Navalny

    MOSCOW—A Moscow court on Monday moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin’s top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest. Earlier this month, prosecutors asked the court to convict Alexei Navalny of defrauding a cosmetics company and to sentence him to 10 years in prison. Navalny, who has...

    No military solution to Ukraine conflict, country’s president concedes
    Dec29

    No military solution to Ukraine conflict, country’s president concedes

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko conceded Monday that his forces are unable to militarily defeat separatists backed by Russian mercenaries and armaments, and he called for a new attempt at negotiating an end to the fighting at an international summit on Jan. 15. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    12 Geopolitical Predictions About 2015
    Dec29

    12 Geopolitical Predictions About 2015

    If 2014 proved anything, it’s that guessing at the state of the world a year down the line is a vain or even slightly embarrassing endeavor. Indeed, who could have expected a year ago that Russia would take over Crimea, ISIS would break out of Al Qaeda and declare a caliphate, the US would start bombing Syria and Iraq while approaching a...

    Poroshenko optimistic over upcoming peace talks
    Dec29

    Poroshenko optimistic over upcoming peace talks

    Ed AdamczykKIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed optimism Monday a January summit meeting will speed his country’s peace process. …read more Source: United Press...

    Here’s What Each State Googled More Than Any Other State This Year
    Dec29

    Here’s What Each State Googled More Than Any Other State This Year

    There’s a lot to be learned from a person’s Google searches. Real estate listings site Estately looked at Google Trends data to determine what people, stories, and controversies residents of each state cared about most. The map they compiled using the data shows not what each state searched for the most overall, but what they Googled...

    The 52 Best Photographs From Around The World In 2014
    Dec29

    The 52 Best Photographs From Around The World In 2014

    It’s been quite a year. What better way to review the last 365 days than to examine, analyze, drool over and gush about the work of photojournalists and photographers, who worked to capture everything from protests to parades, scandals to celebrations, clashes to christenings? Behold, the 52 best photographs from around the world in 2014.1....