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The US airdrops weapons to Syrian Kurds in Kobani.

  A statement from the US military said the delivery of “weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies”—the first in a month—were from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, and that Turkish authorities had been notified of the drop beforehand. The Turkish government is reluctant to support arming Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town as it views them as a terrorist group.  
7 hours ago

Shinzo Abe loses two key ministers to scandal.

  Two recently-appointed female members of Japan’s cabinet, trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi and justice minister Midori Matsushima, resigned over allegations of misused funds (paywall). The resignations come as Abe’s approval rating has slipped to 48.1%: for most of last year he enjoyed an approval rate around 60%, much higher than his predecessors.
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Russia is at war with McDonald’s.

  Almost half of the 450 McDonald’s restaurants in Russia have been hit with either finance or hygiene probes, according to a statement from the company. Four outlets were first targeted in August, apparently in a tit-for-tat move over Ukraine.
5 hours ago

Joko Widodo was sworn in as Indonesia’s president.

  The 53-year-old is the country’s first leader not to come from Indonesia’s military or political elite. Two-thirds of the country’s parliament is still controlled by an opposition coalition.  
7 hours ago

IBM can’t even give its chip business away.

  Big Blue has agreed to pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take its money-losing chip manufacturing unit off its hands, sources told Bloomberg. IBM will receive $200 million in assets to defray the cost slightly, and will receive crucial processors from GlobalFoundries under a new 10-year agreement.  
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Adjusted for inflation, most US families are no wealthier than they were in 1986.

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