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Parallels
6:40 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Saudi King Abdullah, Who Laid Foundation For Reform, Dies

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is seen in September 2011.
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Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:46 am

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has died. He was 90 and had been hospitalized for a lung infection.

Abdullah was born before Saudi Arabia was even a country. It was the early 1920s, and his father, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, set out to conquer the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. In one famous battle, ibn Saud surrounded the capital of a rival tribe.

"Famously, instead of executing everybody, he invited them to be his guests," says Robert Lacey, author of two books on Saudi Arabia.

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Parallels
5:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spent 20 months in Fleury-Merogis prison just outside Paris, where he crossed paths with a radical imam with ties to Osama bin Laden.This photo shows the men's building in May 2014.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:57 pm

Among the sweeping changes France is proposing in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris are new measures to fight Islamic radicalization in its prisons. It is an enormous problem brought into starker relief because two of the suspects in the attacks earlier this month were products of the French penal system.

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Business
5:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Family Dollar shareholders agreed Thursday to sell the company to rival chain, Dollar Tree for $8.7 billion. Family Dollar turned down a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust concerns.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:49 pm

The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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Parallels
4:54 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

French soldiers stand guard in front of the entrance of a synagogue in Lille, northern France, earlier this month.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:18 pm

"Making aliyah," or returning to Israel, is usually a cause for celebration among Jews. But recently fear has pushed many Jews to leave France β€” a record 7,000 departed last year.

And that was before the recent Paris attacks that included the killing of four Jews at a kosher grocery store.

Jean Marc Illouz, a former senior correspondent for French television, who is also Jewish, says he's been pushing back against what he calls ridiculous comments on the Internet about anti-Semitism in France. He says Americans seem to think it's a resurgence of Nazism.

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Europe
4:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:28 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. Ukrainian officials acknowledged on Thursday that rebel fighters had taken control of its airport in Donetsk. A trolley bus had also been shelled by artillery, killing at least eight people.

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Movie Interviews
4:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

The documentary Red Army profiles Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov β€” one of the most decorated athletes in Soviet history.
Slava Fetisov Slava Fetisov/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:14 am

When the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union in 1980's "Miracle on Ice," President Jimmy Carter called coach Herb Brooks to congratulate him on the win.

"Tell the whole team that we're extremely proud of them," Carter said. "I think it just proves that our way of life is the proper way to continue on."

The other way of life, the Soviet way β€” which produced some of the best hockey players in the world β€” only went on for another decade or so.

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Shots - Health News
3:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Anti-abortion activists participate in the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:32 pm

House Republicans decided Wednesday night to shelve a bill that would have banned abortion at 20 weeks post-conception. But 10 states already ban abortions at 20 weeks and two others are defending such laws in court.

Activists are pushing for bans in at least three more states; a panel in the South Carolina Legislature passed one Thursday.

But under the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, a woman has the right to an abortion for several weeks after that, until the point when the fetus is considered viable.

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Europe
3:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

European Central Bank To Try Its Hand At Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:28 pm

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Sports
3:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:19 pm

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1:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Yemen President Resigns Under Pressure From Rebels

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is pictured on Jan, 21. 2014, in Sanaa, Yemen. Hadi submited his resignation Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, over a standoff with Shiite rebels who control the capital. (Yemen's Defense Ministry via AP)

Yemeni officials say the president has resigned under pressure from Shiite rebels who seized the capital in September and have confined the embattled leader to his home for the past two days.

Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned after being pressured to make concessions to the rebels, known as Houthis. He had earlier pledged political concessions in return for the rebels withdrawing from his house and the nearby presidential palace, but Houthi fighters remained deployed around both buildings throughout the day.

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