Amid a host of global crises, next week's Africa Summit, a White House effort to encourage business initiatives in Africa and foster security cooperation with the continent, has not garnered much hype in the leadup. But the ebola outbreak in West Africa changed that on Friday, when President Barack Obama discussed it in a wide-ranging press conference after two Americans contracted the disease.
Viewed from afar, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has a surrealist, absurdist air to it. Weapons and fighters -- colloquially known as "little green men" -- appear seemingly from nowhere and yet from a known source: Russia. Government buildings are occupied. Strange, official stamps are issued. The fighters battling the administration in Kiev make reference to obscure geographical concepts that were thought to have died with the Russian empire. They release rap videos.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is what in Internet-parlance is called a troll. He provokes opponents for no particular reason and pushes outlandish ideas for what seems like mostly his own amusement. Among other things, he’d like to colonize the moon.
In 2012, Matthew and Grace Huang left Los Angeles with their three young children for Qatar, where Matthew, an engineer, would oversee an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup. But what had been an exciting journey abroad turned to tragedy the following year when the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, fell ill and died. And that's when the Huangs' story went from heart-wrenching to bizarre.
Three weeks into fighting between Israel and Hamas, the two sides are releasing dueling Go Pro-style videos of their respective commando raids. On Tuesday, Hamas uploaded a video of its fighters mounting a deadly raid on an Israeli military installation from a tunnel complex. One day later, Israel released a video of Special Forces soldiers raiding a Gaza house.