GlobalPost http://www.globalpost.com/feed/dispatch/18838 en It looks like Americans might be stuck eating Hershey's from now on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/150127/no-cadbury-americans-stuck-eating-hersheys-now <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/150127/no-cadbury-americans-stuck-eating-hersheys-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Food & Drink Strange But True United Kingdom United States Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:47:57 +0000 Sara Yasin 6377888 at http://www.globalpost.com Here is Boris Johnson not contributing in any way to the fight against the Islamic State http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/150127/boris-johnson-photo-op-kurdistan-iraq-islamic-state <p>The mayor of London loves a photo op &mdash; even in a war zone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/150127/boris-johnson-photo-op-kurdistan-iraq-islamic-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Want to Know Iraq Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:53:17 +0000 Allison Jackson 6377657 at http://www.globalpost.com 7 news stories you might have missed while freaking out about #blizzardof2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/150127/7-news-stories-you-might-have-missed-while-freak <p>Stay warm. Be safe. Catch up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/150127/7-news-stories-you-might-have-missed-while-freak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Snowpocalypse United States Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:34:00 +0000 Timothy McGrath 6377779 at http://www.globalpost.com How the Islamic State was halted in Kobani http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/150127/how-the-islamic-state-was-halted-kobani <p>BEIRUT, Lebanon &mdash; The Islamic State&rsquo;s offensive against Kobani began quietly, almost unnoticed in the international press, in July of last year.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">The group&rsquo;s fighters had just swept through large parts of north-western Iraq, sending the ill-prepared and ill-motivated Iraqi army fleeing and capturing many heavy weapons in the process.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/150127/how-the-islamic-state-was-halted-kobani" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Syria Middle East Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:42:00 +0000 Richard Hall 6377556 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine parliament declares Russia an 'aggressor state' (LIVE BLOG) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150127/ukraine-parliament-declares-russia-aggressor-state-live-blog <p>And it voted to designate separatists&#39; &#39;Republics&#39; in eastern Ukraine as &#39;terrorist organizations.&#39;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150127/ukraine-parliament-declares-russia-aggressor-state-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Europe Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:04:00 +0000 Ambika Kandasamy and Dan Peleschuk 6377381 at http://www.globalpost.com Chatter: Key Syrian town of Kobani changes hands, again http://www.globalpost.com/node/5942065 <p>Kurdish forces have driven out the Islamic State from Kobani. But for how long this time?</p> Home Need to Know Regions Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:01:00 +0000 Peter Gelling 5942065 at http://www.globalpost.com Despite first conviction, female genital mutilation remains common in Egypt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/fgm-trial-egypt-laws-of-men <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">CAIRO &mdash; It was almost 20 years ago, but Somaya&rsquo;s hands still shake when she recalls the day she was cut.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">She was 12 at the time, and little Somaya had been told this was something all girls went through before they enter womanhood &mdash; a rite of passage. They had to be &ldquo;purified.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/fgm-trial-egypt-laws-of-men" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Want to Know Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:40:47 +0000 Deena Adel 6376558 at http://www.globalpost.com Kurdish forces finally drive Islamic State out of a key Syrian town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/150127/kurdish-forces-finally-drive-islamic-state-out-key-sy <p>The fight for Kobani took four months. And it&#39;s probably not over yet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/150127/kurdish-forces-finally-drive-islamic-state-out-key-sy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Syria Syria Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:35:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6377198 at http://www.globalpost.com Pain and gain: Inside the world of Australia’s female body builders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/150116/australia-female-body-builders-dominate-sport <p>GOLD COAST, Australia &mdash; The first thing that hits you is the smell &mdash; a near-toxic combination of aerosol cooking oil and a thick tanning paste that backstage assistants nickname &#39;Vegemite&#39;&mdash; for its resemblance to the quintessential Aussie snack. Hundreds smear themselves in the stuff. The floor is slick and greasy. Many slide their way onto the stage. The male competitors cut impressive figures, but for the judges and crowds alike, the women are the stars &mdash; by far.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/150116/australia-female-body-builders-dominate-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Want to Know Asia-Pacific Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:30:21 +0000 Lucinda Kent 6368256 at http://www.globalpost.com 5 things to know about the UK elections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/150126/5-things-uk-elections <p>LONDON &mdash;&nbsp;Point 1: Anything can happen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/150126/5-things-uk-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elections Want to Know United Kingdom Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:30:00 +0000 Corinne Purtill 6376785 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt's 'deep state' in context http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/egypts-deep-state-context <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">CAIRO &mdash; I</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">t was there all along for anyone who wanted to see it throughout the two-and-a-half years since the world watched Egyptians take to the streets in what was so widely viewed as a revolution by the people, for the people.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/egypts-deep-state-context" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Need to Know Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:01:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 6376786 at http://www.globalpost.com US charges 3 in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/150126/us-charges-3-men-alleged-russian-spy-scheme The alleged conspiracy began in 2012, following the 2010 expulsion of several Russian spies from the United States. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/150126/us-charges-3-men-alleged-russian-spy-scheme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Russia Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:35:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6376763 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece: What next? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/150126/greece-what-next <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">LISBON &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">It&#39;s easy to understand why Greek voters gave Tsipras and his Coalition of the Radical Left party, also known as SYRIZA, such an emphatic victory in Sunday&#39;s election.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Their country has been the epicenter of the euro zone&#39;s debt crisis since 2009. Since then, Greeks have seen their economy shrink by a quarter.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/150126/greece-what-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Need to Know Business France Europe Germany Ireland Italy Spain Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:06:00 +0000 Paul Ames 6376678 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek elections: The view from the Kremlin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/150126/greek-elections-the-view-the-kremlin <p>Analysis: For Putin&#39;s Russia, the Syriza win comes in handy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/150126/greek-elections-the-view-the-kremlin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greece is the Word Elections Want to Know Global Economy Political Risk Russia Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:04:00 +0000 Dan Peleschuk 6376559 at http://www.globalpost.com For the first time, Egypt has convicted a doctor for female genital mutilation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/historic-moment-FGM-egypt-first-conviction <p>CAIRO &mdash; An Egyptian appeals court on Monday handed down the first conviction in the country&rsquo;s history for female genital mutilation. Dr. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years in jail for manslaughter following the death of 13-year-old Sohair al-Bata&#39;a, who died during the procedure in 2013. He was sentenced to a further three months for performing the operation, which is illegal in Egypt, and his clinic has been ordered closed for a year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/historic-moment-FGM-egypt-first-conviction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Need to Know Middle East Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:29:00 +0000 Laura Dean 6376467 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek voters give crushing victory to anti-austerity party (LIVE BLOG) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150126/the-people-give-crushing-victory-anti-austerity-party-greece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will Greece stay in the euro zone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ambika Kandasamy </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter"><span><strong>GLOBALPOST LIVE BLOG: GREECE&#39;S POLITICAL SHIFTS</strong></span></p> <!--Start of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><!--Start of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><p><strong>UPDATE: 01/26/15 4:00 PM ET</strong></p> <div id="color"> <p><strong>Signing off </strong></p> <p>This live blog is now closed.</p> </div> <!--End of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><!--End of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><!--Start of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><!--Start of live blog post -----------------------------------------------------------><p><strong>UPDATE: 01/26/15 3:45 PM ET</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150126/the-people-give-crushing-victory-anti-austerity-party-greece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greece Need to Know Europe Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:30:00 +0000 Ambika Kandasamy 6376215 at http://www.globalpost.com Egypt releases Mubarak's sons day after anniversary of revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/egypt-releases-mubaraks-sons-day-after-anniversary-re <p>This will probably not go over well with a large portion of the public.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150126/egypt-releases-mubaraks-sons-day-after-anniversary-re" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt egypt Want to Know Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:49:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6376256 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's president says US should ask permission to launch air strikes against Islamic State http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150126/syrias-president-says-us-should-ask-permission-launch-air-s <p>President Bashar al-Assad said he&#39;s serious about fighting terrorism.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150126/syrias-president-says-us-should-ask-permission-launch-air-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Syria Syria Middle East Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:36:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6376235 at http://www.globalpost.com In the Republic of Samsung, here’s the ticket to the good life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/150122/the-republic-samsung-SAT <p>SEOUL &mdash; In a trendy Gangnam high-rise, a whiz-kid professor named Lee Sihan urges his classroom of 28 students not to fret: The big exam you&rsquo;ve been preparing for &mdash; the one that will land you a Samsung dream job &mdash; won&rsquo;t be <em>that </em>bad if you put the hours in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/150122/the-republic-samsung-SAT" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Want to Know South Korea Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:15:27 +0000 Geoffrey Cain 6373609 at http://www.globalpost.com More than 15 dead on the 4th anniversary of Egypt's revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150125/more-15-dead-the-4th-anniversary-egypts-revolution <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">CAIRO, Egypt &mdash; This morning the streets of downtown Cairo were eerily quiet.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Not the easy calm of usual Sunday, when people are at home sleeping after a week&rsquo;s work or eating a leisurely lunch with their families. But the quiet of waiting.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150125/more-15-dead-the-4th-anniversary-egypts-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Need to Know World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Culture & Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:40:33 +0000 Laura Dean 6375777 at http://www.globalpost.com Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/150125/boko-haram-john-kerry-visit-election <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Nigeria&#39;s military fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/150125/boko-haram-john-kerry-visit-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Conflict Zones Diplomacy Nigeria Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:09:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6375725 at http://www.globalpost.com In Peru, surfing the world's longest wave http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/peru/150125/peruvian-surfing-chicama-longest-wave-pacific <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">CHICAMA, Peru &mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Windswept and remote, with just a trickle of tourists, Chicama is surfing&#39;s holy grail.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/peru/150125/peruvian-surfing-chicama-longest-wave-pacific" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Travel/Tourism Peru Want to Know Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:49:28 +0000 Simeon Tegel 6375619 at http://www.globalpost.com Back to the future: Egypt's new 'felool' and the parliamentary election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150125/egypt-new-felool-parliamentary-election <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px; line-height: 20px;">The upcoming parliamentary election has been presented as the next pivotal phase in Egypt&rsquo;s modern history. Some observers believe the parliamentary election could end up showcasing a range of new voices and faces, as the supporters of the new electoral system have espoused. Others believe the election is simply an opportunity to rubber-stamp Egypt as being on a path to democracy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/150125/egypt-new-felool-parliamentary-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Need to Know Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:08:00 +0000 Ruth Michaelson 6375645 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece votes in make-or-break election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150125/greece-votes-election-syriza-alexis-tsipras <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Greece began voting Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and lead to a re-negotiation of the country&#39;s international bailout.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150125/greece-votes-election-syriza-alexis-tsipras" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Elections Europe Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:51:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6375666 at http://www.globalpost.com Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/150125/shinzo-abe-condemns-hostage-murder-haruna-yukawa <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as &quot;outrageous and unforgivable&quot; and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/150125/shinzo-abe-condemns-hostage-murder-haruna-yukawa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know World Leaders Conflict Zones Syria Iraq Japan Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:09:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6375613 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new 'friendship' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/150125/obama-modi-break-nuclear-impasse <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">US President Barack Obama and India&#39;s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world&#39;s two largest democracies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/150125/obama-modi-break-nuclear-impasse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Diplomacy India United States Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:11:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6375580 at http://www.globalpost.com This is the gruesome aftermath of another rocket strike on civilians in eastern Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150124/aftermath-rocket-strike-civilians-eastern-ukraine <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">KYIV &mdash; Ukrainian officials say at least&nbsp;<a href="http://donoda.gov.ua/?lang=ru&amp;sec=02.03.09&amp;iface=Public&amp;cmd=view&amp;args=id:23642;tags%24_exclude:46" style="font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">30 civilians were killed Saturday</a>&nbsp;in an artillery strike on a port city in eastern Ukraine, just as a top pro-Russian rebel leader announced a new offensive in the area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150124/aftermath-rocket-strike-civilians-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Conflict Zones Europe Politics Russia Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:25:00 +0000 Dan Peleschuk 6375150 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/150124/islamic-state-execution-japan-journalist-haruna-yukawa-kenji-goto <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">TOKYO &mdash; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after an audio recording claimed that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/150124/islamic-state-execution-japan-journalist-haruna-yukawa-kenji-goto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Conflict Zones Syria Iraq Politics Japan Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:02:00 +0000 Antoni Slodkowski and Nobuhiro Kubo, Thomson Reuters 6375148 at http://www.globalpost.com Why King Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150124/saudi-king-abdullah-unmarked-grave-wahhabi-islam-funeral <p>You may have imagined a somewhat lavish burial for King Abdullah, the Saudi king who died Friday at the age of 90. He was, after all, one of the richest men in the history of the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150124/saudi-king-abdullah-unmarked-grave-wahhabi-islam-funeral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Leaders Want to Know World Religion Saudi Arabia Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:22:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 6375120 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of Yemenis stage biggest anti-Houthi protest in Sanaa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150124/thousands-yemenis-biggest-anti-houthi-protest-sanaa <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">SANAA &mdash; Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstration yet against the Houthi group that dominates Yemen, two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi&#39;s resignation left the country in political limbo.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150124/thousands-yemenis-biggest-anti-houthi-protest-sanaa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know World Leaders Yemen Middle East Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:12:31 +0000 Mohammed Ghobari and Yara Bayoumy, Thomson Reuters 6375057 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope Francis, Dostoyevsky and the tears of a child http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/world-religion/150124/pope-francis-dostoyevsky-and-the-tears-child <p style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px; line-height: 20px;">On each pilgrimage, Pope Francis gives the global audience another glimpse into his complex mind.</p> <p style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px; line-height: 20px;">The first unscripted pope in the age of mass media gives lengthy airborne press conferences, as when he famously replied, &ldquo;Who am I to judge?&rdquo; in reply to a question about gay priests on the flight from Brazil to Rome last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/world-religion/150124/pope-francis-dostoyevsky-and-the-tears-child" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know World Religion Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:57:00 +0000 Jason Berry 6375038 at http://www.globalpost.com World leaders head to Saudi after king's death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150124/world-leaders-king-abdullah-salman <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">World leaders headed to Saudi Arabia Saturday to offer condolences following the death of King Abdullah, with US President Barack Obama cutting short a trip to India to pay respects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150124/world-leaders-king-abdullah-salman" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know World Leaders Saudi Arabia Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:58:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6374986 at http://www.globalpost.com None of these things work anymore in Crimea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/crimea-blocked-credit-paypal-visa-mastercard-apple <p>KYIV &mdash; It&rsquo;s been downhill ever since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula last March.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/crimea-blocked-credit-paypal-visa-mastercard-apple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Companies Crimea Want to Know Emerging Markets Europe Politics Political Risk Russia Technology Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:00:14 +0000 Dan Peleschuk 6374702 at http://www.globalpost.com 7 times celebrities made embarrassing political statements on social media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middleeast/saudi-arabia/150123/celebrity-tweets-lindsay-lohan-king-abdullah-obituary <p>Lindsay Lohan&#39;s Instagram tribute to the late Saudi king was pretty weird, but celebrities have done worse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middleeast/saudi-arabia/150123/celebrity-tweets-lindsay-lohan-king-abdullah-obituary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Leaders Want to Know Culture & Lifestyle Saudi Arabia United States Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:20:02 +0000 Allison Jackson 6374579 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek anti-austerity Syriza party gears up for 'confrontation' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/greek-anti-austerity-party-gears-confrontation Two days before voting, some polls gave Syriza a projected lead of more than five percent over its conservative rivals, New Democracy. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/greek-anti-austerity-party-gears-confrontation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Europe Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:07:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6374644 at http://www.globalpost.com Russians are ready to eat less in crisis to stand by Putin, deputy PM says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/russians-are-ready-eat-less-crisis-stand-putin-deputy-pm-says 'If a Russian feels external pressure, he will never give his leader up,' said Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who is believed to be one of the richest men in the Russian government.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150123/russians-are-ready-eat-less-crisis-stand-putin-deputy-pm-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Europe Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:59:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6374613 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia's new king might seem like the old one, but change is coming http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150123/saudi-s-new-king-will-be-the-same-the-last-cha <p>CAIRO, Egypt &mdash; As far as royal successions go in Saudi Arabia, this one was relatively smooth.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">Following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who sat on the throne since 2005 but was in effective control of the country since 1995, his half-brother Salman now rules the Kingdom.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150123/saudi-s-new-king-will-be-the-same-the-last-cha" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Middle East Saudi Arabia Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:12:00 +0000 Laura Dean 6374516 at http://www.globalpost.com These are the world’s deadliest cities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/150122/worlds-deadliest-cities-homicide-rates <p>MEXICO CITY &mdash;&nbsp;A new report ranks the 50 most violent cities on the planet. Here&#39;s why Latin America crowds the list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/150122/worlds-deadliest-cities-homicide-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> murder capitals Americas Want to Know Brazil Colombia Mexico United States Venezuela Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:55:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 6373761 at http://www.globalpost.com US pulls some staff from embassy in Yemen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150123/us-pulls-some-staff-embassy-yemen <p>A day ago Yemen&#39;s government was a key US ally in the war on terror. Today it is not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150123/us-pulls-some-staff-embassy-yemen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Yemen Middle East Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:14:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6374076 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia's influential King Abdullah dies at 90 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150123/saudi-arabias-influential-king-abdullah-dies-a <p>He will be replaced by his brother, Salman, who will be taking over a kingdom under both militant and economic threat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/150123/saudi-arabias-influential-king-abdullah-dies-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Saudi Arabia World Leaders Saudi Arabia Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:40:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6373979 at http://www.globalpost.com Ebola has now killed a third of the world's gorilla and chimpanzee populations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/150122/ebola-devastates-gorilla-chimpanzee-populations <p>This isn&#39;t just a human tragedy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/150122/ebola-devastates-gorilla-chimpanzee-populations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Want to Know Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:46:18 +0000 Allison Jackson 6373479 at http://www.globalpost.com Yemen now has no prime minister and no president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/yemen-now-has-no-prime-minister-and-no-president On Thursday the capital Sanaa remained largely shut down, witnesses said.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/yemen-now-has-no-prime-minister-and-no-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Middle East Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:01:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6373552 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa's rhino population may be in decline for the first time in nearly a century http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/150122/south-africas-rhino-population-may-be-decline <p>JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; The situation for South Africa&#39;s rhinos just keeps getting worse.</p> <p>On Thursday, the government announced rhinoceros poaching statistics for 2014, and it was another record year: 1,215 rhinos slaughtered illegally for their horns, a 21 percent increase from 1,004 in 2013.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/150122/south-africas-rhino-population-may-be-decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know South Africa Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:35:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 6373439 at http://www.globalpost.com The problem with North Korea’s celebrity defectors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/north-korea/150122/the-problem-north-korea-s-celebrity-defectors <p>FRESNO, California &ndash; How embarrassing for our vaunted free press to watch the world&rsquo;s least-free media bring low the North Korea human rights movement&rsquo;s poster boy. In a bestselling biography, Shin Dong-hyuk had claimed to have spent his miserable youth in a maximum security death camp operated by the North Korean counterpart of the KGB. After his father had appeared in a North Korean documentary and denied Shin&rsquo;s account, the son last weekend admitted that it wasn&rsquo;t true. The controversy exposes the fraught world of celebrity defectors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/north-korea/150122/the-problem-north-korea-s-celebrity-defectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Want to Know North Korea South Korea Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:49:00 +0000 Bradley Martin 6373334 at http://www.globalpost.com The European Central Bank just launched a trillion-euro stimulus plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150122/ecb-draghi-launches-trillion-euro-qe-plan ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would buy 60 billion euros of bonds a month starting March. Germany is not pleased.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150122/ecb-draghi-launches-trillion-euro-qe-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Europe Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:43:00 +0000 Paul Carrel and John O&#039;Donnell, Thomson Reuters 6373254 at http://www.globalpost.com How many cows is a woman worth? Now you can find out http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/150122/want-know-how-many-cows-you-are-worth-theres-app <p>JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; A new app aims to solve a thorny issue for South Africans looking to get married in traditional style: How many cows is a woman worth?</p> <p>&#39;Lobola&#39; means bride price, or dowry. It&#39;s usually paid in live cows or money from the groom&#39;s family, and is still common today in southern African cultures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/150122/want-know-how-many-cows-you-are-worth-theres-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know South Africa Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:49:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 6373135 at http://www.globalpost.com UN says death toll of Ukraine conflict is now more than 5,000 (LIVE BLOG) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150122/violence-eastern-ukraine-worsening-the-day-live-blog <div id="cke_pastebin"> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <div id="cke_pastebin"> And there are clear indications that the violence in the east will intensify in the coming days.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/150122/violence-eastern-ukraine-worsening-the-day-live-blog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Europe Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:13:00 +0000 Ambika Kandasamy and Dan Peleschuk 6373134 at http://www.globalpost.com The rise of the Houthis: A brief history of Yemen's new power brokers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/the-rise-the-houthis-everything-you-need-know-about-the-gro <p>In a speech broadcast to homes across Yemen on Tuesday evening, the leader of the group Ansar Allah, known locally as the Houthis, reassured millions of Yemenis that despite of the rumors of a possible coup in the capital city of Sanaa, Abd Rabo Mansur Hadi was still their president.</p> <p>But how did the leader of a political movement find himself in the position to disseminate such important information? How has that man, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, become one of the most powerful figures in the nation?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/the-rise-the-houthis-everything-you-need-know-about-the-gro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Middle East Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:56:57 +0000 Jeb Boone 6372956 at http://www.globalpost.com Crisis in Yemen eases as president agrees to some rebel demands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/crisis-yemen-eases-president-agrees-some-rebel-demands <p>Yemen&#39;s president expressed readiness to accept demands for constitutional change and power sharing with the Houthi rebels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/150122/crisis-yemen-eases-president-agrees-some-rebel-demands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Yemen Middle East Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:40:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6372912 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines embraces free birth control despite opposition from Catholic Church (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/philippines/150121/philippines-reproductive-health-law-free-contraception <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/philippines/150121/philippines-reproductive-health-law-free-contraception" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Want to Know Philippines Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:03:00 +0000 Sonia Narang 6372356 at http://www.globalpost.com