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December 21, 2014

The old guard claims victory in Tunisia.

  Beji Caid Essebsi, the 88-year-old leader of the secular Nidaa Tounes party, says he won Sunday’s presidential election, though incumbent Moncef Marzouki refused to concede defeat. Essebsi is seen as a return to the ancien régime, whose economic mismanagement set off the Arab Spring in 2011.
6 hours ago

“Allahu Akbar” attacks in France.

  A man shouted “God is Great” in Arabic as he ran down pedestrians in the city of Dijon, injuring 11 people. French media reported the man was”apparently imbalanced” and had spent time in a psychiatric hospital. A man shouting the same phrase was shot dead by French police on Saturday after he attacked them with a knife.
December 21, 2014

OPEC blames everyone else.

  Oil ministers from the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia (paywall) blamed “non-OPEC” oil producers—Russia and the US are the biggest—for the collapse in oil prices. “If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut,” said the Saudi oil minister; prices rose 1.2% after his comments.
December 21, 2014

The US weighs its options over North Korea.

  President Barack Obama said the hacking of Sony Pictures is not “an act of war,” but that the US may still put North Korea on its terrorism watch list. Pyongyang called for the US to take part in a joint investigation or suffer “grave consequences.” The US also called for help from China.
December 20, 2014
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December 21, 2014

Facebook angers Russian activists.

  At Moscow’s behest, the social network blocked access to a page calling for a protest march on Jan. 15 (The page is still online, but people in Russia can’t see it). Other pages quickly popped up to replace it.
4 hours ago

Nerds really are taking their revenge.

  The creator of Minecraft outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z to buy a $70 million mansion.

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