Report: Ukraine President Offers Concessions to Protestors


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Ukraine’s president has reportedly promised a government reshuffle and a pledge of amnesty that includes activists detained during mass demonstrations against his leadership.

News agencies including Interfax reported that President Viktor Yanukovych vowed at a meeting with religious leaders on Friday to hold a special meeting with Parliament next Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Associated Press reports. As a result, he said, lawmakers would approve changes to his cabinet, grant amnesty to dozens of jailed activists, and adjust other strict anti-protest legislation.

Months of mass protests against Yanukovych have paralyzed the capital city of Kiev after the president’s decision in November to opt against signing an E.U. association deal in favor of closer relations with Russia. At least two protesters were killed this week during bloody clashes with police, days after Parliament banned and criminalized much of the protesters’ activities.

[AP]

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Watch MSNBC Interrupt a Congresswoman to Break News About Justin Bieber’s Arrest


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If a news channel interrupts a member of Congress mid-sentence, one might assume that the breaking news would be of considerable urgency.

Not with Justin Bieber in trouble. MSNBC interrupted former Rep. Jane Harman, Democrat of California, as she earnestly applied her expertise to discuss the NSA so they could tell the world that the baby-faced swag demon had been arrested in Miami, Fla. It seems a cause célèbreakdown trumps analysis of our right to privacy.

“Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment, we have some breaking news out of Miami,” anchor Andrea Mitchell said without a hint of irony, casually chipping away at the dignity of news reporting with a pick axe moulded from the sharp, shattered discards of our national soul.

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Report: Pope Francis May Visit U.S. in 2015


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Pope Francis may visit the U.S. in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the National Catholic Reporter reports.

Citing two senior Vatican sources, the newspaper says the pope is eager to attend the international event, held every three years in a different city since it was launched two decades ago by Pope John Paul II. The visit could reportedly include a stop in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly that meets the same month.

The Vatican doesn’t confirm the dates of papal trips until just before they begin, but NCR’s sources claimed Pope Francis had expressed interest in a visit. News of the potential visit to the U.S. — the Pope’s first since his inauguration — comes ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27.

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Facing Increased Threats From al-Qaeda, Israel Targets Online Battlefield


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Israeli agents caught on early to the alleged plot to detonate suicide bombs at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and a Jerusalem convention center. The three Palestinians accused of planning the attacks are said to have been reeled in by the main organizer via the internet. Claiming to be an operative of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organizer allegedly approached the men on forums favored by advocates of international jihad – and watched closely by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service that on Wednesday revealed the arrests it had made beginning in December.

“This is the battlefield,” a senior security official tells TIME, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. “The battlefield is the Internet.”

In fact, the official said, staffing across Shin Bet’s “cyber brigades” devoted to scouring all things electronic for evidence of terrorist planning has…

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Macintosh is 30 and Other Fascinating News on the Web


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  1. This is 30

    “There were no tech blogs, no Facebook, no Twitter, and certainly no Mac rumor websites. There were no websites at all. So Jobs had to generate his own campaign to tell the world about the computer that he would announce on January 24, 1984, 30 years ago today.” Happy Birthday to my old friend. From Steven Levy in Wired: The Macintosh is 30, and I was there for its birth.

    + When I told her it was time to talk about converting, she thought I was talking about religion. A NextDraft Original: I Made This on a Mac.

    + Here’s a look back at Steve Jobs introducing the original Mac, along with some of the comments made by early reviewers.

    + While we’re on the topic of early computing leaders, it’s probably worth noting that Microsoft is still pulling in some pretty…

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Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds


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The site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
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Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

Sochi now boasts world-class arenas, high-speed trains and glamorous housing. Six thousand athletes from 85 countries (in addition to 1,650 Paralympians from 45 countries) are due in town, and will be outnumbered by the tens of thousands of spectators, tourists and journalists who will capture their triumph or defeat. The competition is on track to become the most expensive—and warmest-ever Winter games—in history.

(MORE: Fortress Sochi: Russia’s Security Plan Risks Killing the Olympic Spirit)

But more than half a decade of preparation hasn’t come without consequence: A $635 million highway on…

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“Congressman: ‘The Wife Is To Voluntarily Submit’ To Her Husband”


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By Rebecca Leber

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Republican lawmakers can’t seem to stop offending women, in spite of the GOP’s stated goal to attract women voters. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) explains in his recent memoir that it is the wife’s role to “voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”

The Washington Post reports that a chapter from Pearce’s new book emphasizes wives and husbands each have roles in the household, and the wife’s role is obedience. “The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else,” Pearce writes. “The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband.”

Pearce maintains enough self-awareness to admit this conceit, which he attributes to the Bible, is unpopular. “The principle is among the most controversial of all directives coming from the Bible. Critics abound, both Christian and non-Christian.” He thinks too many of his friends “dealt with the directive by ignoring it.”

Not everyone ignores it; a sitting federal judge once wrote it is the wife’s job to “subordinate herself to her husband.”

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Bear One Another’s Burdens ] Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.