salon.com. “This is absolutely terrifying: People in Kazakhstan are falling asleep for days — and nobody knows why” - "He couldn't sit, he couldn't stand. I tried to put him on his feet, but he was falling". Hundreds of residents of Kalachi, a small town near a former Soviet Union uranium mine in Kazakhstan, have been suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness that causes them to fall asleep for two to six days and wake up with significant memory loss. While the eerie sickness was first reported in 2010, cases have been emerging in droves since March 2013. Other symptoms include feeling dizzy, being unable to stand up and extreme fatigue. The Russian Times reports that eight children fell asleep within an hour during the first week of school, and several months later, 60 people were hit with the disease on the same day.
bbc.com.“Why I am ashamed to be a man in Afghanistan” - BBC Afghan's Karim Haidari says that the lynching of a woman who was falsely accused of burning the Koran reflects the ugly and misogynistic nature of parts of Afghan society. It has been four nights that I have been struggling to get any sleep. What keeps me awake is the noise of an angry mob and the images of the bloodied and burned body of a woman, beaten to death.
“Vladimir Putin's formative German years” - Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. It is 5 December 1989 in Dresden, a few weeks after the Berlin Wall has fallen. East German communism is dying on its feet, people power seems irresistible.
cnn.com. “Germanwings flight co-pilot: Investigators search homes, take items”- German investigators searched two homes Friday linked to the Germanwings co-pilot accused of intentionally setting a plane on a fatal descent in the French Alps. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, headed from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, left 150 people dead.