Russia Pulls Out of US Funded Student Exchange Program

ABC News | Oct 1, 2014

Amid political tensions with the West, Russia is pulling out of a popular high school exchange program funded by the U.S. government, according to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

Lebanese Prime Minister Talks Peace, Security, Diplomacy

Al-Monitor | Oct 1, 2014

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced that he asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for “Iran’s help in holding presidential elections because a vacant presidency weakens the country.” He clarified that Rouhani stressed his country’s keenness on maintaining Lebanese national unity. 

Porous Nation: Modi Should Leverage Madison Square Speech to Harness NRI Power for India’s Transformation

The Times of India | Oct 1, 2014

The interesting thing about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden — lapped up by his NRI audience — was that it rendered the boundaries of nationalism porous, so that the resources and talent of NRIs, the vast majority of whom left India for economic reasons, can be leveraged for India’s economic transformation.

USAID is Leaving Ecuador

Global Post | Oct 1, 2014

Under pressure from Ecuador’s left-wing government, the United States Agency for International Development is shutting down its operations in the South American nation after 53 years.

UK Funds New Ebola Triage Clinics in Sierra Leone

BBC News | Sep 30, 2014

Pilot triage clinics are being funded to help tackle the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, UK officials have said.  The idea of the clinics is to test whether people with a fever have Ebola or a less serious bout of malaria.

China’s New Identity Crisis

Time | Sep 30, 2014

On the surface, the turmoil in Hong Kong is caused by Beijing’s decision regarding general elections. In reality, the deep sources of the conflict are not so different from the recent large-scale outbreaks of social tensions in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan.

Hamas Drops Back to Nearly Even With Fatah in Poll of Palestinians

Slate | Sep 30, 2014

After surging during a 50-day war with Israel, Hamas' popularity among Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank has fallen back and is now nearly even with support for the more moderate Fatah party, a new poll shows. 

Meet Share America, the U.S. State Department’s Upworthy Clone

Washington Post | Sep 30, 2014

What Share America is serving up is bite-sized nuggets of video, photos and text, all optimized to be as shareable as possible on the Web. The goal is to feed content aligned with stated American values -- "democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the role of civil society," reads the site -- in the ever-hungry maw of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks.

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