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    NATO sending troops east

    Nato will send troops to 6 Eastern European countries in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

    SEATTLEPI.COM

    2015 Gates annual letter

    Bill and Melinda Gates discuss the continued struggle against global poverty in their annual letter. 

    BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

    In Africa, mosquito nets are being used for fishing, not fighting malaria

    Scientists worry the permethrin-coated nets could wipe out fish species and contaminate drinking water across the continent.

    NEW YORK TIMES

    Netanyahu coming to Congress next month

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to give a speech to congress on the nuclear talks with Iran

    CNN

    David Horsey: The Saudis' oil price game

    "The Saudis have concluded it is worth living with lower prices in the service of a long-term goal. That goal is to undercut U.S. and Canadian oil producers. They would love to see North Dakota return to being an empty prairie."

    LOS ANGELES TIMES

    Will France strike back?

    A hint of France's expected response to the Charlie Hebdo slaughter came in remarks by President Francois Hollande.

    CNN

    US loosens embargo on Cuba, making trade and travel easier

    Friday Obama will officially loosen the decades-old embargo against Cuba, after confirmation that Cuba has released the 53 political prisoners it promised to. 

    SEATTLE TIMES

    As world watches Paris, Nigeria suffers its own attacks

    Despite Widespread solidarity for the Victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, little has been said about the recent slaughter of 2,000 people in Nigeria by extremist group Boko Haram. 

    SEATTLE TIMES

    Obama administration feels fallout from skipping the Paris rally

    Stephen Collinson writes, "French President Francois Hollande and French diplomats in Washington moved quickly to offer Obama cover for the [Paris rally] embarrassment." 

     

     

    CNN

    France on high alert

    France was on its highest alert level Monday as people went back to work and children returned to schools following the Islamist terror attacks that killed 17 people.

    CNN
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