The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:03:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:03:00 -050010 things you need to know today: December 22, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. New York steps up precautions for patrols after police killings</strong><br />New York City police leaders ordered new precautions for the city's patrol force after two officers &mdash; Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40 &mdash; were shot dead in their patrol car, apparently targeted by a gunmen aiming to murder police officers. Officers in the city's 35,000-member force &mdash; the nation's largest &mdash; will work only in pairs when on foot patrol, and sentries are being posted at station houses. The killings deepened a rift between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio after weeks of protests over police...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:03:00 -0500China's leader is telling the People's Liberation Army to prepare for war<img src="" /></P><p class="Body">Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People's Liberation Army to "be ready to win a war." Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force.</p><p class="Body">These repeated calls have alarmed China's neighbors from New Delhi to Washington. The question on everyone's mind: what is all this preparation for?</p><p class="Body">Is the Chinese leadership preparing for something? Are they gearing up for a military operation, or merely the option to carry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kyle-mizokami" ><span class="byline">Kyle Mizokami</span></a>Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:01:00 -050010 things you need to know today: December 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Gunman kills two NYC cops in ambush shooting</strong><br />A lone gunman on Saturday shot and killed two New York City police officers in Brooklyn before taking his own life in an armed standoff. The shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday before heading north and vowing on social media to kill police officers. Police said Brinsley killed officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos while they sat in a parked squad car, and then fled into a nearby subway station where he shot himself. Police Commissioner William Bratton called the attack an assassination, saying...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:53:00 -050010 things you need to know today: December 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. FBI officially blames North Korea for Sony cyberattacks</strong><br />The Federal Bureau of Investigation formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattacks against Sony Pictures in a statement on Friday. North Korea had denied involvement in the attacks, which were carried out by a group calling itself "Guardians of the Peace." The group made threats against movie theaters that planned to show <em>The Interview</em>, a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, in which the actors attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Those threats ultimately prompted Sony to cancel the film's release. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p>... <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:40:00 -0500The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> Coast Guard members send up flares during training on Plum Island, Massachusetts. | (<em>REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class MyeongHi Clegg/handout</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Alan Gross embraces Tim Rieser (center), a member of Sen. Patrick Leahy's (Vt.) office, as he disembarks from a government plane with wife Judy, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Gross was released this week after five years of captivity in Cuba. | (<em>REUTERS/Jill Zuckman/Gross Family Spokesperson/Handout via Reuters</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Cyclists wearing heavy clothes ride in subzero temperatures in Lianyungang, China. | (<em>REUTERS/Stringer</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />People look at...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:26:00 -0500The week's editorial cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> **See more cartoons**</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 -0500Are the missing students protests turning into a Mexican Spring?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In Mexico City, tens of thousands marched downtown, with a few hundred smashing the windows of banks and shops. In southern Oaxaca state, protesters blockaded the entrance to an oil refinery. In Ciudad Juarez, demonstrators took over a cross-border bridge, letting cars enter from the United States toll-free. In Guerrero state, rioters burned four police cars.</p><p>This all happened earlier this month. But almost every day, citizens take to the streets somewhere in Mexico, from gatherings with a few hundred to mass marches with more than 100,000.</p><p>Mexico's biggest protests in years began two months...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Ioan GrilloFri, 19 Dec 2014 11:52:00 -050010 things you need to know today: December 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Stocks surge for a second day after soothing words from the Fed</strong><br />The Dow Jones industrial average jumped by 421 points on Thursday &mdash; its biggest one-day increase in more than three years. The gains capped Wall Street's biggest two-day advance since late 2011. The surge were triggered by reassuring comments by the Federal Reserve, which said in a statement following its latest policy meeting that although the economy was improving, policymakers would be "patient" in raising interest rates. Investors interpreted that as a signal that the central bank would not raise interest rates until next...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:59:00 -0500Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders<img src="" /></P><p>If there is anything approaching a silver lining in the horrific slaughter of 132 school children in Peshawar, it is the united outrage in Pakistan against Tehreek-e-Taliban (or the Pakistan Taliban) that perpetrated this gruesome attack. Virtually every newspaper in the country &mdash; left, right, and center &mdash; demanded that the Pakistani establishment declare a "zero tolerance" policy toward all Islamist terrorists, no ifs, ands, or buts.</p><p>Pakistan's largest English-language newspaper, <em>The News, </em>asked Pakistanis to think about what support for Islamist extremists has done to them. "Nothing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/shikha-dalmia" ><span class="byline">Shikha Dalmia</span></a>Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:09:00 -0500Why Obama was right to give Cuba a 'full bailout'<img src="" /></P><p>In 2004, then-State Sen. Barack Obama was asked about the half-century-old economic and political embargo of Cuba. He said, "I think it's time for us to end the embargo in Cuba &mdash; the Cuban embargo has failed to provide the sorts of rising standards of living and has squeezed the innocents in Cuba and utterly failed in the efforts to overthrow Castro, who has now been there since I was born, so it is time for us to acknowledge that this particular policy is available."</p><p>During the darkest days of his presidency, during the lost years of 2013 and 2014, you would probably be right to assume...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:48:00 -0500