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How satire came to Muslim Azerbaijan

28 February 2015 Last updated at 00:04 By Konul Khalilova Editor, BBC Azeri service In this cartoon, the magazine depicts a prison with windows and a house of Muslim women with none More than 100 years before militant Islamist gunmen murdered journalists at France's satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, another magazine very similar in style was playing an important role among the Muslim populations of both the Russian and Persian empires. Azerbaijani weekly magazine Molla Nasreddin

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Leonard Nimoy Leaves Legacy Beyond Science-Fiction

Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand. When he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction or appear as a guest at an event, Nimoy did so graciously and never charged. "That

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BREMMER: The outlook for US-Russia relations just reached a new low for the post-Cold War era

REUTERS/Sergei KarpukhinBoris Nemtsov (C) at a rally to support a vote electing the Coordinating Council of the Russian opposition movement in Moscow, October 20, 2012. See Also The killing of prominent Russian opposition figure and former deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov on a bridge across the street from the Kremlin will have a chilling effect on Russia's opposition and on already frosty relations between the US and Russia, Eurasia Group president and international affairs analyst

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Boris Nemtsov, outspoken Putin critic, shot dead in Moscow

Moscow (CNN)Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed Friday night after he was shot seven or eight times from a car on a bridge he was walking across, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said in a statement Saturday. He was deputy prime minister in the late 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin and had been one of current President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics.Putin condemned the killing of Nemtsov, Russian state broadcaster, Russia Today,

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CPAC: Jeb Bush says US needs to give undocumented immigrants path to legal …

In a gathering of conservatives in Washington D.C., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took issue with President Barack Obama's executive order that suspends deportation for three years for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. At the same time Bush, who is considering running for president in 2016, said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that it was unrealistic to expect the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to be deported. He expressed support

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Cameron defends security services after media unmask ‘Jihadi John’

Posted February 28, 2015 10:25:03 Photo: 'Jihadi John' has been named by media as Mohammed Emwazi. (Reuters: SITE Intel Group) British prime minister David Cameron has defended security services and vowed to hunt down "Jihadi John", the Islamic State (IS) group militant who has appeared on video beheading hostages and has been named as a London graduate.Former computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi has been named as the IS group militant believed to be responsible for murdering

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US homeland security nears shutdown

27 February 2015 Last updated at 23:27 It is unclear what House Speaker John Boehner, centre, and other Republican leaders will propose next US lawmakers have rejected a short-term funding bill for homeland security, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight on Friday. The House of Representatives voted 224-203 against the measure, with dozens of Republicans defying party leaders. They rejected the bill after provisions to block parts of President Barack Obama's

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Here’s how to see this dress as both white and gold and black and blue

This viral dress has divided the internet over its coloring. TumblrWhat color is this dress? People are seeing the dress in varying colors due to the different ways in which they perceive colors. As a result, some are seeing it as white and gold, while others are seeing it as blue and black. Some see it as both.  Others are struggling to see it as blue and black. A few people have told me

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