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U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

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U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.

Posted: January 6, 2010 14:46   Comments: 3
U.S. military official accuses CIA of lacking key knowledge

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U.S. military official accuses CIA of lacking key knowledge

One week after the killing of 7 CIA officers in Afghanistan, an American military official has condemned U.S. intelligence failures. A new report by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, Major-General Michael Flynn, says that there is too much emphasis on collecting info about capturing insurgents. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jeff Stein.

Posted: January 6, 2010 10:48   Comments: 26
Western countries flirt with stricter flight security measures

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Western countries flirt with stricter flight security measures

After the failed Christmas Day bombing of Northwest flight 253, Europe weighs new security measures to guarantee passenger safety. Some experts argue that transit airports should implement much stricter security screening for passengers coming from developing countries with poor security. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Patrick Smith.

Posted: January 5, 2010 16:28   Comments: 52
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
Dubai’s 160-story ‘superscraper’ flies in face of debt crisis

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Dubai’s 160-story ‘superscraper’ flies in face of debt crisis

The world's tallest building opened for business Monday. Next to Dubai's business district stands the Burj Khalifa, whose 2,717 ft. spire reaches over 1,000 ft. higher than its closest competitor, Taipei 101. Read what bloggers around the world say about the $1.5 billion invested in the Burj Khalifa -- which opens at a time of deep economic and ecological uncertainty.

Posted: January 5, 2010 15:04   Comments: 1
Top 10 Worldfocus Blogwatch Features of 2009

Worldfocus Best of 2009

Top 10 Worldfocus Blogwatch Features of 2009

Worldfocus presents highlights from our Blogwatch section, as well as other web feature articles. This year saw many significant events -- ranging from great recession to the post-presidential election protests in Iran. Read our top 10 web articles from 2009, about Dubai, cartoon porn and Ogadeni militants.

Posted: December 31, 2009 14:42   Comments: 0
The Top 10 Innovative Global Solutions of the Decade

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The Top 10 Innovative Global Solutions of the Decade

The Worldfocus newsroom celebrates the end of the decade with a look at some of the smartest ideas worldwide. We produced an eclectic list of ten innovative solutions to social and political problems. View a slideshow of the winners -- from Bangladesh and Bhutan to Guyana and Rwanda.

Posted: December 30, 2009 19:20   Comments: 0
Airports around the world adjust flight security strategy

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Airports around the world adjust flight security strategy

The attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 to Detroit has led to increased security measures in U.S. airports. To find out what other countries are doing to protect passengers, Martin Savidge speaks with Vahid Motevalli, an expert on aviation security. Motevalli explains passenger profiling, technological improvements and the long-term threat of terrorism.

Posted: December 29, 2009 17:07   Comments: 4
Swiss government providing free heroin for drug addicts

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Swiss government providing free heroin for drug addicts

A year ago, Swiss voters approved a referendum to give hardcore heroin addicts free supplies of the drug. The conservative country seems to be embracing a very controversial idea, but many critics think alternative therapies such as abstinence should be tried instead. Rather than prison time, should governments provide free drugs in treatment programs?

Posted: December 29, 2009 13:43   Comments: 96
Climate change refugees flee from Bangladeshi island

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Climate change refugees flee from Bangladeshi island

Although almost all scientists agree that the world is getting warmer, not all agree exactly what the effects will be. But in Bangladesh, there is no such certainty. Step Vaessen of Al Jazeera English recently traveled to the island of Bhola in southern Bangladesh, where more than a million people have had to flee to higher ground.

Posted: December 18, 2009 10:29   Comments: 6
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