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A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council recently recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:08

The two women were arrested as they tried to cross the border from UAE, where they had legally obtained driver's licenses. The two also are said to have been active online against the ban.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 09:26

The most recent crackdown on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's critics is proof for many that Turkey is veering toward authoritarianism.

Women pass by a group of the Ukrainian government soldiers in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday. Peace talks to resolve the conflict have inexplicably been called off.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 09:24

The talks that began on Wednesday were expected to be continued today in Minsk. Belarus, which is hosting the dialogue, declined to comment on the reason.

The Rev. Al Sharpton (left) and Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, speak to reporters after they met with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal on Dec. 18.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:03

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

Attendees walking past the Sony PlayStation booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2012. The PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox consoles were experiencing a possible hack on their online sites.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 07:51

A group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a possible denial-of-service attack against the tech companies' online game sites.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 07:13

Doctors told the High Court the 18-week fetus' prospects of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb. The decision won't be appealed.

The documentary film, "Every Last Child," chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they're welcome in homes to share information, while men are not.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 06:03

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.

Start by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of shallots and saute. Add 4 cups of spinach. Cook on high heat until wilted.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:33

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:36

The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:35

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.

Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:34

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

Marijuana infused lollipops are displayed at a dispensary in Denver in 2013. Aspen recently launched a marijuana education campaign to teach visitors how to use the drug safely.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:33

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.

The app-based car service Uber has had a big year for business — and controversy
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:31

In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.

Marine Le Pen, (center) leader of France's far-right National Front party, waves to the audience in November in Lyon. She has visited Russia on several occasions and a Russian bank recently lent her party $11 million.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:31

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 00:59

Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September after crossing from Indonesia into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.

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