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Syrians Wounded Near Israeli Border Treated By 'Enemy' Doctors / LA STAMPA SAFED — Two unarmed UN peacekeepers stand beside a rusty telescope observing the Syrian border from the Golan Heights on the Israeli side of the 1974 ceasefire line.

The Business Logic Driving Cuba-U.S. Rapprochement / CLARIN -Analysis- There is a legend that when President John F. Kennedy had to sign the Cuban blockade law on Feb.

A 'Recycled' Christmas Tree In Brazil Gets Trashed

BRAGANÇA PAULISTA — Brazilians are very serious about their Christmas trees. And the different fortunes of two unusual ones is proof of just how strict the standards of what is and isn’t acceptable as decoration can be in this festive Catholic country.

Worldcrunch's Weekend Staff Playlist #5

Christmas can be a hard time for some — Photo: babycakes romero Well, well, well, could it be Friday again?

Cairo Shutters Cafe Charged With Serving Satan-Worshipping Atheists / MADA MASR CAIRO — Security forces have raided and closed what they described as an "atheists’ café" in the Abdeen neighborhood of downtown Cairo.

Kurds Defeat ISIS, Peshawar Arrests, Christmas Orangutan / WHILE YOU SLEPT December 19, 2014 KURDS BEAT ISIS ON MOUNT SINJAR Kurdish forces have broken a months-long ISIS siege on Mount Sinjar after a two-day offensive backed by U.S.

China's 'Baby Hatch' Project Swamped By Abandoned Children / CAIXINMEDIA GUANGZHOU — It has been three days since Zheng Yuling gave birth. Her breasts are as hard as stone and she is in great pain.

Vintage Washing

I've already shown you how the Mayans' colorful traditional clothes were made — now you can see how the local women and girls wash them, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

The Psychology Of Christmas Can Shape Your Whole Life / DIE WELT BERLIN — As Christmas approaches, it's impossible to make it out of the supermarket without having heard "Last Christmas" or "Do They Know It's Christmas" at least once.

A Hanukkah Trip Home For Morocco's Jewish Diaspora / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG CASABLANCA — Jews in Morocco stand in front of 2,000 years of history, and some more recent events.

Cuba-U.S. Close Cold War, What It Means For Latin America / EL ESPECTADOR -Editorial- BOGOTA — The surprise announcement Wednesday by U.S. and Cuban Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on beginning a process to end the embargo on Cuba and renew diplomatic ties after 55 years of tensions is, simply put, excellent news.

Goodbye Cold War, FARC Ceasefire, Home Alone Song / WHILE YOU SLEPT Thursday, December 18, 2014 CUBA-U.S. END HALF-CENTURY OF HOSTILITY Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S.

Verbatim: Obama, Dalai Lama, Hawking ... More

A quick roundup of who has been saying what around the world.

U.S. And Cuba Make History: 22 Front Pages Around The World

The United States and Cuba stunned the world by ending more than a half-century as sworn enemies. The presidents of the two neighbors Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced Wednesday a deal to exchange prisoners on the road to restoring full diplomatic relations.

Bon Appetit, And Pass The Crumpets! British Food Invasion In France / LES ECHOS PARIS — Will Christmas pudding replace the traditional yule log on French tables this year?

In The Middle Of The World. Almost

Welcome to Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, the city in the middle of the world, about 30 kilometers north of Quito.

How China Talks 'Innovation' Without Investing In It / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — "Innovation" has become a favorite word for Chinese headline writers.

'Cheerful Evil' - World Reacts To Pakistan Massacre

As Pakistan began to bury its children Wednesday, the world reacted to one of the most horrifying terrorist acts in recent years: the Taliban’s methodical assault on a school in Peshawar.

Pakistan Mourns, Doctors And Ebola, "Stupid" Dalai Lama / WHILE YOU SLEPT Wednesday, December 17, 2014 PAKISTAN MOURNS DEAD CHILDREN A three-day period of mourning began today in Pakistan, with vigils held in the country’s major cities and funerals in Peshawar, after Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a school in the northwest city that killed 141 people, including 132 children.

Beheaded Saint, Decapitated Church

The Arbore church in northern Romania was built in the early 16th century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist — the martyr beheaded by his step-daughter Salome.