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  • Crimean parliament guarantees broader rights to Tatar minority

    March 13, 2014 8:33 PM 9

    A resolution passed by the Crimean parliament guarantees proportional representation in the republic’s legislative and executive bodies for the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority and grants their language official status, among other things. The resolution provides for constitutional reform that would amend several key provisions of Crimea’s basic law. Under

  • European Parliament backs common mobile phone charger

    March 13, 2014 2:48 PM 12

    Consumers in the 28-nation EU may soon benefit from a standardized charger and socket for their mobile devices. Compliance among manufacturers by 2017 will be required in a draft law passed by the European Parliament. That paves the way for a common charger for mobile devices to be made available to consumers by 2017. Rapporteur Barbara Weiler said she was particularly

  • Where Modi Runs Could Signal Where He Stands

    March 13, 2014 7:05 AM 16

    India’s principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to announce Thursday where its standard bearer, Narendra Modi, will contest national elections from. Political pundits are waiting to see if Mr. Modi — who has recently stayed away from all things that smack of Hindu nationalism — will fight from Varanasi, a temple town and holy place for Hindus

  • Israel Passes Law Drafting Ultra-Orthodox Into the Army

    March 12, 2014 4:44 PM 98

    Israel’s parliament passed a controversial law mandating that some ultra-Orthodox men serve in the national army despite their religious beliefs. The law will take effect as soon as it gets approval from Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet Israel’s parliament on Wednesday passed a law requiring at least some ultra-Orthodox men—strictly observant Jews known

  • Dr. Nancy: Almost 38,000 Syrian babies born as refugees

    March 12, 2014 2:30 PM 24

    There are "almost 38,000 Syrian children who are born as refugees outside of their own country," Dr. Nancy Snyderman told TODAY Wednesday. NBC's chief medical editor is in a Lebanese hospital near the Syrian border, examining the ongoing humanitarian crisis the war is having on its tiniest victims. Syria’s civil war, about to enter its fourth year, has taken

  • Miami ranks among 'selfie' capitals of the world

    March 12, 2014 12:24 PM 4

    Miami's palm trees and sandy beaches make for the perfect "selfie," and it seems many take advantage of the backdrop. New York City's Manhattan ranks second among selfie-takers, with 202 per 100,000 people. Makati City in the Philippines is the "Selfie Capital of the World," with 258 selfie-takers. TIME compiled the list using a database of more than 400,000 Instagram

  • Kevin Lau stabbing: Nine held over attack in Hong Kong

    March 12, 2014 11:49 AM 18

    Nine men have been arrested over the stabbing of veteran journalist Kevin Lau, Hong Kong police say. Two of them, who were detained in China, are believed to have links to organised crime, they added. But officials have yet to determine if the attack is related to Mr Lau's work as a journalist. The cleaver attack two weeks ago, which left Mr Lau criticially

  • Israeli cruisers try to go on vacation, but Tunisia says no, no, no

    March 12, 2014 9:04 AM 51

    The Tunisian government stopped Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship from entering the country this week as part of their vacation tour, according to Agence France Presse. The Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line told media outlets that "During Norwegian Jade's port call in La Goulette, Tunisia on Sunday, March 9, 2014, a small number of guests holding

  • Iranian asylum seeker on missing Malaysia jet used stolen passport

    March 11, 2014 10:25 AM 16

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A man travelling with a stolen passport on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was an Iranian teenager trying to migrate to Germany, and is not believed to have any terrorist links, police said Tuesday. The announcement is likely to dampen, at least for now, speculation that the disappearance of the Boeing 777 was linked to terrorism

  • Fatah refuses to recognize Jewish state

    March 11, 2014 4:20 AM 57

    Lawmakers unanimously endorse the stance of PA president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the party’s Revolutionary Council RAMALLAH — The Revolutionary Council of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday unanimously endorsed his rejection of demands to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, officials at the meeting told AFP. “President Abbas