Some observers have criticized Russia's intervention in Syria as a desperate attempt to prop up the weakening regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But one analyst argues that Moscow's action might actually be the first step on the road to peace.
There's been many news accounts recently about refugees from other parts of the world trying to pass as Syrian. Countries in the EU have outsourced language tests/analysis of refugees to determine whether their origin is what they say it is. However, it's much more complicated then just knowing a certain vocabulary.
In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language but three: English, French & Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue — and speakers will often drift from one language to the next, mid-sentence.
Media outlets have named the gunman who carried out the deadly shooting at the community college in Oregon. But the local sheriff has refused to do so saying he doesn't want to give the shooter the attention he likely craved.
Earlier this week, there was news of a gruesome murder in a village in northern India. A 50-year-old Muslim man named Mohammed Akhlaq was killed by a lynch mob. The reported motive? Rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home, angering Hindus in the village. The cow is considered a sacred animal by many Hindus. It's a case which has shocked much of India.
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