5:34am

Sat December 27, 2014
Parallels

With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 10:10 am

An Iraqi Christian prays inside a shrine on the grounds of the Mazar Mar Eillia Catholic Church in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Irbil has become home to hundreds of Iraqi Christians who fled their homes as the Islamic State advanced earlier this year.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Northern Iraq is a lot more diverse than just Arabs and Kurds or Sunni and Shiite. For centuries, it has been home to multiple religious groups with ancient roots in the region.

But more than a decade of turmoil has driven many religious minorities out, with the most recent example being the onslaught of the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, or ISIS.

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3:32pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Technology

Doubts Persist On U.S. Claims Of North Korean Role In Sony Hack

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 12:08 am

A South Korean student looks Dec. 23 at a diagram at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, that depicts how the cyberwarfare will be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Within days of the hack against Sony Pictures, the U.S. government came out and said, in no uncertain terms, the attacks originated from North Korea — and the nation-state of North Korea was involved. Well, both claims have raised eyebrows among private security researchers. Many just don't believe it.

Circumstantial Evidence

The FBI says the attack came from IP addresses — unique computer addresses — that trace back to North Korea.

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3:31pm

Fri December 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Body Of Catholic Priest Found In Southern Mexico

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:52 am

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that the body of a kidnapped Catholic priest has been discovered after he was seized in the southern state of Guerrero earlier this week.

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Digital Life

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 3:52 pm

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'The Sacrifice' By Joyce Carol Oates

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Shots - Health News

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 3:12 am

Sleepy in the day and wide awake at night? Give the screen a rest.
Guido Mieth Getty Images/Flickr RM

E-readers may make it particularly hard to get a good night's sleep, according to research out this week.

A study that followed every nightly twitch, turn and snore of 12 volunteers for a couple weeks found that those who read from an iPad before hitting the sack had a harder time falling asleep, spent less time in a crucial phase of sleep, and were less alert the next day.

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Europe

For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
World

For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Middle East

Already Bleak Conditions Under ISIS Deteriorating Rapidly

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3:26pm

Fri December 26, 2014
Food

In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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