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4 hours ago

A throwback to Cold War espionage.

  The FBI has arrested a man it accuses of being a Russian spy. Evgeny Buryakov (known as “Zhenya”) worked at a Russian bank in New York, according to the complaint. Officials say he and two other men were trying to transmit information to Moscow on potential US sanctions, among other things.
7 hours ago

ISIL has been driven out of Kobani.

  The four-month firefight in which a US-led coalition carried out intensive air strikes on Islamic State forces has finally ended, according to activists, and Syrian Kurds have taken control of the town near Turkey’s border with Syria. The battle has killed 1,600 people, displaced 100 times more, and destroyed half of Kobani.
8 hours ago

Barbie’s boss is out.

  Bryan Stockton is no longer the head of Mattel after the toy company saw profit this past holiday season plummet 59%. The news of Stockton’s resignation sent the company’s shares down a few percentage points in early trading. Christopher Sinclair—a member of Mattel’s board—will be interim CEO until a replacement is found.
January 26, 2015

Hosni Mubarak’s sons are released from prison.

  Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of the deposed Egyptian president, were arrested in April 2011, along with their 86-year-old father, who is still detained in a military hospital. Their release, pending retrial along with their father on embezzlement charges, follows clashes between protesters and police over the weekend that left 16 dead.
7 hours ago
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January 26, 2015

Turkey is threatening to ban Facebook.

  A court has ruled that the social network must ban pages that insult the prophet Mohammad, adding that if Facebook fails to do so, the service could be banned. So far, it appears Facebook has complied (paywall). Last year, Turkey banned Twitter and YouTube after leaked government conversations.
January 26, 2015

Strange bedfellows in Greece’s new government.

  The far-left Syriza party, which won yesterday’s general election in a landslide, said it would partner with the right-wing Independent Greeks to form a majority coalition. The parties have almost nothing in common beyond their shared animosity for EU-imposed austerity measures.
7 hours ago

You can’t name your child Nutella.

  A French court has ruled that parents who named their baby, born in September, after the trademarked name of a hazelnut-chocolate spread were not acting in their child’s best interest. The name “can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts,” the judge said, changing the baby’s name to Ella.

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