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The Other Approach

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Of course, conferences are great and all, but- and I know we've forgotten this after eight years of diplomacy- there are also military options when it comes to combating terrorism. The big story today is the Post scoop about US/Yemeni operations to fight AQAP. Here is the money quote. The ...

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London Conference

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Big day today. Nothing less than the future of Yemen- and, indeed, the world- is at stake, and it will all be decided in the matter of the next two days. OK, that might be a touch of hyperbole. But this is an important conference, if it is done right, and focuses on more than al-Qaeda. I was ...

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Paper Cuts It

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An artist has created beautiful sculptures by slicing different colored bits of paper and layering them intricately to produce mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. “Artist Charles Clary says he wants his constructions to appear ever-expanding — overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses ...

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Guiltless Male?

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A new study suggests that men are generally less prone to feelings of guilt and that women show a “significantly higher” propensity for it, while men feel “too little” in comparison.“’Our initial hypothesis was that feelings of guilt are more intense among females, not only among adolescents but ...

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Bugging Plot

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James O’Keefe and three others have been charged for an alleged plot to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s office for which they could face up to ten years in prison. “The conservative young filmmaker whose undercover sting damaged a liberal activist group last year faces federal criminal charges in an ...

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“2nd Pregnant Man”

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The world’s second known pregnant man is expecting a baby boy new month. Scott Moore and his partner, who were both born female, have undergone gender reassignment surgery. “Scott, 30, is legally married to Thomas, with whom he lives in California, because he still has a female birth certificate ...

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To Boldly Stick

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“The Martian rover Spirit will rove no more. Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Tuesday that the Spirit, mired in a sand pit for the last 10 months, would remain there forever. But the officials said they were hopeful that the Spirit would continue life as a ...

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US in Yemen

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The US military and intelligence are “deeply involved” in top secret operations in Yemen in collaboration with Yemeni troops, according to media reports. “Yemeni troops in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional Al Qaeda affiliate, sources told ...

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What Coup?

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Only a day before a new president is to be inaugurated, a court in Honduras has dropped charges against six military generals who led a failed political coup in the region last June. “The commanders were acquitted on Tuesday of having abused their power by expelling former President Manuel Zelaya ...