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Churches set ablaze as religious strife rages in Malaysia

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Churches set ablaze as religious strife rages in Malaysia

Since Friday, tensions between Malaysian Muslims and Christians have escalated, with attacks on nine Christan churches in retaliation for use of the word "Allah." Jamie Metzl of the Asia Society discusses rising religious tensions and how the conflict might be resolved.

Posted: January 12, 2010 15:24   Comments: 5
Nations on every continent struggle with racism

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Nations on every continent struggle with racism

Comments about President Obama by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the 2008 campaign have sparked racial debate in the U.S. and abroad. Racial discrimination is not unique to the U.S. and exists in almost every country. We take a look at racism and discrimination against people of African origin in Iraq and Peru -- and Indians in Australia.

Posted: January 12, 2010 15:08   Comments: 11
Disabled Greeks face daily challenges getting around

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Disabled Greeks face daily challenges getting around

It's been 20 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing disabled Americans protection under the law. That is not always the case in other countries. During a trip to Greece last summer, producer Megan Thompson met a young woman who showed her how challenging Athens life is in a wheelchair.

Posted: January 11, 2010 15:42   Comments: 22
U.S. seeks hearts and minds in combatting global jihad

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U.S. seeks hearts and minds in combatting global jihad

Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how mankind has engaged in violent extremism since Biblical times. Terrorism is propaganda by deed, since terrorism is theater. So, Hassan argues, al-Qaeda succeeds every time it plants fear and uncertainty in our hearts and minds.

Posted: January 11, 2010 13:40   Comments: 7
U.S. auto industry struggles to regain its global stature

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U.S. auto industry struggles to regain its global stature

More than 200,000 Prius cars were sold in Japan, three times the number from 2008. Hybrids account for 10% of auto sales in Japan, compared to 3% percent in the U.S. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. American auto sales dipped 21% to about 10.5 million. Will the United States ever regain its stature as an auto industry powerhouse?

Posted: January 8, 2010 13:37   Comments: 28
West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

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West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

Worldfocus contributing blogger Ayo Johnson writes about the importance of battling corruption in Africa. He points to certain leaders who exemplify efforts to change a practice that costs Africa over $150 billion per year.

Posted: January 7, 2010 16:01   Comments: 26
Taiwan’s last sword-maker clings to his ancient craft

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Taiwan’s last sword-maker clings to his ancient craft

Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out. But one man is trying to keep the craft going. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition on.

Posted: January 7, 2010 15:37   Comments: 2
Ethnicity still divides Bosnia, threatening its fragile peace

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Ethnicity still divides Bosnia, threatening its fragile peace

An estimated 100,000 people were killed and another 2 million displaced during Bosnia's civil war 14 years ago. Special correspondent Kira Kay and producer Jason Maloney of the Bureau for International Reporting recently traveled to central Bosnia to report on how one ethnically-partitioned school mirrors the country's struggles with identity today.

Posted: January 6, 2010 17:53   Comments: 21
Yemen enters media spotlight after terror links exposed

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Yemen enters media spotlight after terror links exposed

It was Yemen where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly trained by al-Qaeda. Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim writes how Yemen offers al-Qaeda the perfect environment to reorganize and reinvent itself, and that’s precisely why the world’s focus is now shifting to the Arabian Peninsula nation. It’s not news that Yemen has been a terrorist safe haven.

Posted: January 6, 2010 15:39   Comments: 2
China’s Great Firewall falls briefly, allowing YouTube & porn

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China’s Great Firewall falls briefly, allowing YouTube & porn

In an effort to curb exposure to unsavory web material, China has massively strengthened its Great Firewall. Internet censorship in China targets perceived threats to the government: political sites, social networks and more. But during brief periods in the past few days, internet users have been able to access forbidden sites -- even without going through a proxy.

Posted: January 5, 2010 16:11   Comments: 2
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