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Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew amid growing unrest

Tunisia’s president vowed Friday to end the cycle of unrest that has pummeled towns across the country as authorities imposed a nationwide curfew — five years after the nation, convulsed by protests, overthrew its longtime ruler and moved onto the road to democracy.

President Beji Caid Essebsi warned that Tunisia could fall prey to Islamic State group militants in neighboring Libya profiting from the instability.

The violent demonstrations over unemployment opened a new front of concern for Tunisia, already struggling from a foundering economy and the threat of terrorism after three major attacks last year.

The week of increasingly violent demonstrations was triggered Sunday when a young man who was turned down for a government job climbed a transmission tower in protest and was electrocuted.

His death had unsettling resonance: The suicide five years ago of another unemployed youth set off the popular uprising that overthrew Tunisia’s autocratic leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and gave rise to the “Arab Spring” uprisings. This North African country has been the only Arab Spring nation to avoid a chaotic aftermath and take the road to democracy.

“We will get out of this ordeal,” the president said in his first address to the nation since the crisis erupted. He pressed the government to put in place a program to address unemployment. About one in three young people

Article source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/01/23/tunisia-imposes-nationwide-curfew-amid-growing-unrest.html

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Why North Korea’s Arrest Of An American College Student Should Come As No Surprise

The U.S. and Canadian governments both strongly advise against traveling to North Korea. Neither country maintains consular relations with the country or has a government office there.

Do not assume that joining a group tour or using a tour guide will prevent North Korean authorities from detaining you or arresting you,” the U.S. Department of State website warns.

There’s a long list of things that can get you into trouble in North Korea. Foreigners can be arrested for such acts as exchanging currency with an unauthorized vendor, possessing printed or digital pornography, taking unauthorized photographs, engaging in unauthorized interaction with locals, shopping at stores that aren’t designated for foreigners, criticizing the government, and disrespecting the country’s current or former leaders. Cell phones will likely be confiscated or closely monitored. 

Despite the warnings, North Korea attracts an estimated 6,000 Western tourists each year. While many have visited and returned home with no major problems, others like Warmbier have not been so lucky. Here are the stories of eight other North Americans who had trouble in North Korea in recent years:

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-korea-american-prisoners_us_56a25b29e4b076aadcc659a9

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Four dead in worst Canada school shooting in decade, suspect caught


WINNIPEG, Manitoba, and VANCOUVER The gunman suspected of killing four people and injuring several others in Canada’s worst school violence in a decade first shot his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school, a family friend and the town’s acting mayor said on Friday.

Police said a suspect was arrested after the shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan, an impoverished community about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

The town’s acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, told the Associated Press that his 23-year-old daughter Marie, a teacher, was shot to death.

He also said police told him that the gunman first shot two of his siblings at home and then made his way to the school.  

Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting or named the suspect or victims.

Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States. In the country’s worst school shooting, 14 college students were killed at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. A shooting in 1992 at Concordia University in Montreal killed four.

A family friend said the teenaged suspect shot his two younger brothers before going to the school

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-shooting-idUSKCN0V02KT

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Penguins find an identity at last – Pittsburgh Post

The Penguins spent much of the first half of this season searching for their identity.

Nearly 20 games with Mike Sullivan at the helm, there is a clear blueprint of who they are. Now, it’s matter of executing consistently.

“I think our players have enough evidence in front of them to know how we have to play in order to give ourselves a chance to win, regardless of who our opponent is,” Sullivan said. “We’ve shown ourselves in, I think, a fairly consistent manner when we have success. We’ve also had instances where we don’t play the game the right way and how it impacts our ability to get the outcome that we want.”




Penguins winger Beau Bennett, who has been injured, discusses the possibility of returning to the lineup this weekend. (Video by Dave Molinari)




Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy discusses Vancouver’s Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik, and the impact Henrik’s absence because of injury could have on the Canucks Saturday. (Video by Dave Molinari)

Sidney Crosby would agree.

“I think we know what our game looks like as far as our identity and how we want to play,” Crosby said. “We’re getting used to that. It has to become a habit. It’s not

Article source: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2016/01/23/Penguins-find-an-identity-at-last/stories/201601230063

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Steve Kerr to return to Warriors bench Friday against Pacers

Steve Kerr had butterflies Friday night for his long-awaited season debut coaching the defending NBA champions.

Sure, Golden State’s second-year coach knocked down a half-court shot in Cleveland earlier this week that pointed to him returning to full strength.

He came back to the Warriors’ bench Friday night following a long leave of absence dating to the first week of training camp in October as he recovered from complications following two back surgeries.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time … I really missed the routine,” Kerr said. “It feels like the first game of the season, which it is for me. Fortunately our team’s in a pretty good groove and hopefully we can keep going. “

When introduced just before tipoff against the Pacers, an emotional Kerr waved and said “Thank you” to a rousing ovation.

The defending champion Warriors made the announcement Friday morning that Kerr would coach Golden State against Indiana at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors will try to win their 38th straight regular-season home game to tie the 1985-86 Celtics for third place on the all-time list for such unbeaten streaks. The Warriors went 39-4 in Kerr’s absence. They are 19-0 at home this season and haven’t lost at Oracle since a 113-111 overtime defeat to Chicago last Jan. 27.

“It’s been rough. I’ve gotten a lot better. I

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/golden-state-warriors-steve-kerr-return-bench-coach-back-surgery-indiana-pacers-012216

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Yoenis Cespedes reaches three-year, $75 million deal with Mets

Yoenis Cespedes is staying in New York.

Cespedes, 30, agreed to a deal with the Mets on Friday night, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden and media reports, a move that takes the last big bat off the free-agent market.

The deal, pending a physical, is for three years and $75 million, including $27.5 million in the first year, after which he can opt out.

A right-handed-hitting outfielder from Cuba, Cespedes is coming off a career year, which started with the Detroit Tigers before he was traded to the Mets just minutes before the trade deadline. He set career highs in a number of power categories, including home runs (35), RBIs (105) and OPS (.870). His power was on full display with New York, for whom he hit 17 home runs in 57 games, including nine in a

Article source: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14629430/yoenis-cespedes-agrees-deal-new-york-mets

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Nigeria calls on Muslim world to condemn ISIS

“Of course we must contain them militarily, that’s absolutely important because they are a military force. But I think more important, and going forward, is ideological. We have to deal with the ideological issues and (Nigeria’s) President Buhari has simply called on Muslim leaders all over the world to speak out against the Islamic State and fundamentally attack that evil ideology,” Yemi Osinbajo told CNBC on Friday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Nigeria’s population is split fairly evenly between Christians and Muslims, although the Islamic populace is seen becoming proportionately larger over time.

The country faces a major struggle against Islamist terrorists, with the Boko Haram group claiming allegiance to ISIS and operating mainly in Nigeria. In the first nine months of 2015, Boko Haram killed 3,500 civilians across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, according to Amnesty International.

Canada school shooting: four confirmed dead as lockdown is lifted

The number of dead in a school shooting in northern Canada was revised down to four from five, the Canadian police said late Friday, but gave no new details on either the victims or the one male in custody.

In a media briefing, Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that chaos in the immediate wake of the shooting at La Loche community school made some of the early information unreliable.

Levy also said that a number of people were injured in the daytime shooting on Friday in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a community about 600km from Saskatoon.

“In incidents such as this there is a lot of information going back-and-forth very quickly,” Levy said.

She did not confirm the number of injured or the extent of their injuries or any further information about the casualties or the suspect, saying the police force wanted to “ensure the integrity of the investigation”.

Acting mayor Kevin Janvier told the Associated Press that his 23-year-old daughter, a teacher, was among those killed by the shooter.

“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” Janvier is quoted as saying. “I’m just so sad.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from Davos earlier, said: “We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and

Article source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/22/la-loche-canada-school-shooting-lockdown-saskatchewan

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Second Chance Star Rob Kazinsky on His Days as a ‘Fat’ World of Warcraft Pro: ‘I Was Deliriously Happy’

No matter how well-suited actor Rob Kazinsky might seem to the world of TV and film by way of his breakout role on a British soap opera East Enders – with his handsome looks, fit physique, etc. – the actor, 32, is more at home in the world of traditional geek culture – playing video games and collecting Star Trek memorabilia.

His proudest video game-related achievement? That he was paid to play popular online computer game World of Warcraft professionally.

“I still play,” the Second Chance star tells PEOPLE. “I played it professionally for a long time. It was my job 18 hours a day to play that game at one point.”

Was that the most odd job he’s had?

“No, but it was the happiest, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “All I did was sit down in my underwear, order food in and play computer games for 18 hours and get fat and I was deliriously happy while doing it.”

With regard to his love of Star Trek, he says he keeps that passion mostly to himself, along with the memorabilia he’s collected over the years.

“I don’t have anything that’s worth keeping in a display case but some of the stuff you put on for fun,” he says with a laugh. “[But] going outside in my full Star Trek

Article source: http://www.people.com/article/second-chance-rob-kazinsky-used-play-world-warcraft-professionally

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Somalia hotel attack: Terrorists kill at least 20 people in Mogadishu

“Thursday night in Mogadishu is like Friday night in other countries,” Aato said. “It’s very busy. People have their weddings; they go out to eat with their families.”

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its mouthpiece radio station, reporting that its fighters armed with AK-47 rifles and wearing suicide vests had invaded the hotel.

Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant organization, has carried out similar attacks targeting civilian areas in the past.

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