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“Which is the world's most generous nation?”, “Why Ukraine is in turmoil”, “Animal DNA and Mars kits: Christmas gifts of the future?”, “Malala Yousafzai gets EU's Sakharov human rights prize”,“Americans see declining U.S. prestige”

December 16 2013, 21:28

globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com. Which is the world's most generous nation? - Keeping with Nelson Mandela's generosity of spirit, we thought we'd bring you good news about the world's capacity to give. The Charities Aid Foundation in London published its annual world giving index last week, and it turns out that the world was more generous in 2012 than it was in the previous year.

Why Ukraine is in turmoil - Take a look at the extraordinary images from Ukraine in the video. Protesters in Kiev knocking down a giant statue of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians cheering them on as they hack the fallen statue with hammers. The incident last Sunday was one of the most symbolic moments of the protests underway in Ukraine.

“Animal DNA and Mars kits: Christmas gifts of the future?” - All I want for Christmas is a triple-nipple baby bottle, some extinct goat DNA, and a Mars survival kit. Is that really too much to ask?

Americans see declining U.S. prestige - The debate over America’s alleged decline was one of the subtexts of policy debates during last year’s U.S. presidential election, and it remains a recurring theme in the partisan punditry of foreign policy scholars today. But at a time when the Obama administration has been focusing on domestic challenges like the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that many foreign policy experts have turned bearish on the United States. And the American public appears to agree – U.S. global power and prestige are in decline.

bbc.com. “Malala Yousafzai gets EU's Sakharov human rights prize” - Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has received the EU's Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.

yahoo.com. “NKorea explodes myth of unchallenged Kim dynasty” - North Korea's propaganda machine has long kept alive the myth of a serene, all-powerful ruling dynasty that enjoyed universal love and support at home. In a single stroke last week, that came crashing down. 

news.yahoo.com. “South Sudan president says coup has been repulsed” - South Sudan's president on Monday ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the capital after soldiers loyal to the former deputy attempted to seize power by force, leading to clashes between military factions that highlight the growing instability of the world's youngest nation.

reuters. “Russia has stationed Iskander missiles in western region: reports” - Russia has deployed Iskander missiles with a range of hundreds of kilometers in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, the newspaper Izvestia reported on Monday.

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