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April 23 2014

From FP Passport Wed Apr 23 2014, 21:00:00

Tattooed pop star Justin Bieber is a Canadian, but you'd be forgiven for assuming that he's a millennial version of the stereotypical "ugly American."

In Brazil, he raised eyebrows by allegedly visiting a brothel and leaving with two prostitutes in tow. In Australia, he riled a local mayor by vandalizing a hotel with some less than inspired graffiti.

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From FP Passport Wed Apr 23 2014, 20:10:03

Donald Tusk is no Barack Obama. Earlier this week, the Polish prime minister posted a mysterious link to a YouTube video on his Twitter account. That clip featured a snippet of none other than Tusk singing The Beatles' 1968 hit "Hey Jude."

As far as singing goes, Tusk doesn't even hold a candle to his American counterpart, who famously pulled off a decent rendition of Al Green. Tusk is off-pitch and bursts out laughing toward the end, making for an embarrassing, if somewhat endearing performance:

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From FP Passport Wed Apr 23 2014, 13:53:12

President Barack Obama kicked off his four-nation Asian tour with a stop in the Tokyo underground alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom the president visited the legendary sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, which was made famous by the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Not much is known about the menu on offer, which runs at $300 for a tasting course prepared by the chef, Jiro Ono. And Obama wasn't giving away any secrets as he left the restaurant, only telling reporters, "That's some good sushi right there."

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From FP Passport Wed Apr 23 2014, 09:32:24

Russia Threatens Military Response in Ukraine

Top news: On the heels of Ukraine's decision to resume military operations in the country's east, Russia applied further pressure on the government in Kiev, threatening that if Russian interests are attacked then Moscow would have no choice but to respond.

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April 22 2014

From FP Passport Tue Apr 22 2014, 08:58:51

Biden Warns Russia Against Further Provocation

Top News: Vice President Joe Biden urged Russia to refrain from further "provocative behavior" during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Biden pushed Moscow to cease its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine.

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From FP Passport Tue Apr 22 2014, 08:06:54

Over the past three days, more than 50 suspected members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been killed in a spate of mysterious attacks in Yemen. But what really happened? That very much depends on the news story you read.

The Guardian attributed the attacks to "several air strikes -- presumed to be carried out chiefly by U.S. drones." The Associated Press and Reuters both cited a statement from Yemen's Ministry of Defense announcing the attack before noting that the United States has been known to use drone strikes in the area targeted this weekend, but both stopped short of saying the attacks were carried out by drones. These and other news stories leave room for the possibility that the attacks were carried out by the Yemeni Air Force -- which is strange, given that Yemen has no ...

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April 21 2014

From FP Passport Mon Apr 21 2014, 18:51:07

The Mount Everest avalanche that killed 13 mountain guides Friday may have an upside for the Sherpas who make their living guiding foreign trekkers up the world's tallest peak: A better safety net. Following the tragedy, the Sherpas are threatening a total boycott -- unless the government provides better insurance compensation and more emergency aid for guides.

Friday's avalanche hit a group of 50 climbers -- mostly Nepalese Sherpas -- as they were preparing camps along one route, in advance of the climbing season. It's the worst accident on Everest since 1996, when eight climbers disappeared into a storm. According to data compiled by Himalayan Database, a group that tracks mountaneering in the region, 87 Sherpas died on Everest between 1924 and 2013. Add the 13 fatalities from over the ...

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From FP Passport Mon Apr 21 2014, 18:32:18

The Russian daily Izvestia would like you to believe that the first direct confrontation between American and Russian forces could come in the form of clashes between the two countries' combat dolphins swimming in the Black Sea.

According to the paper, the U.S. Navy plans to deploy 20 combat dolphins and 10 sea lions in the Black Sea, where they are to conduct exercises and test new gear. The detailed article even quotes a Navy official telling the paper that the dolphins will be testing a new form of armor developed at the University of Hawaii.

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From FP Passport Mon Apr 21 2014, 09:26:09

Violence Tests Truce in Ukraine

Ukraine: Gunfire at a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian militants killed at least three people near the town of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. The bloodshed underscored the fragility of the agreement reached on Thursday by the European Union, Russia, the United States, and Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have so far refused to lay down arms or vacate government buildings they've seized.

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From FP Passport Mon Apr 21 2014, 09:18:35

Violence Tests Truce in Ukraine

Ukraine: Gunfire at a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian militants killed at least three people near the town of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. The bloodshed underscored the fragility of the agreement reached on Thursday by the European Union, Russia, the United States, and Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have so far refused to lay down arms or vacate government buildings they've seized.

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