Weekly News Round-Up 1/26/15-1/30/15: Restraint, Resolve, Retaliation

Greetings from the other side of a blizzard. Much of the northeastern US was battered this weekend (or less than battered, we hear you were prepared though NYC) and Boston is still recovering from its mountain of snow. Meanwhile confusion has erupted regarding a hostage exchange between everyone’s least-favorite terrorist “state”, Jordan, and Japan; Californians might want to start vaccinating their children; Greece has held what will likely be an historic election; and Hezbollah and Israel are alternating between punching one another and showing a remarkable amount of restraint. Additionally the world marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with the oft-repeated “Never again” vow that seems to be falling on deaf ears in much of Europe.

Jennifer Rice and Mike Femia battle wind-driven snow as they make their way to their jobs at a pharmaceutical lab, as seen through a window, on Jan 27, 2015, in downtown Portland, Maine.  Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday piling up more than 2 feet of snow.
Jennifer Rice and Mike Femia battle wind-driven snow as they make their way to their jobs at a pharmaceutical lab, as seen through a window, on Jan 27, 2015, in downtown Portland, Maine.
Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday piling up more than 2 feet of snow.
Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., on Jan. 28, the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand.
Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., on Jan. 28, the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand.
Housing rights defenders shout from a window as they arrive to the appeals court in Phnom Penh, on Jan. 26. Ten housing rights defenders and a Buddhist monk, all jailed after peaceful protests in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh in November last year, heard their appeal verdict after authorities accused them last year of obstructing public traffic and insulting public officials.
Housing rights defenders shout from a window as they arrive to the appeals court in Phnom Penh, on Jan. 26. Ten housing rights defenders and a Buddhist monk, all jailed after peaceful protests in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh in November last year, heard their appeal verdict after authorities accused them last year of obstructing public traffic and insulting public officials.
A Kurdish man stands in a destroyed building in the center of the Syrian city of Kobani, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Jan. 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.
A Kurdish man stands in a destroyed building in the center of the Syrian city of Kobani, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Jan. 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.
A glow produced by a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom is seen along the seashore in Hong Kong on Jan. 22. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University.
A glow produced by a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom is seen along the seashore in Hong Kong on Jan. 22. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University.
A flock of colored pigeons fly during a pigeon-breeding competition in the southern Spanish village of Bollullos de la Mitacion, on Jan. 27.
A flock of colored pigeons fly during a pigeon-breeding competition in the southern Spanish village of Bollullos de la Mitacion, on Jan. 27.
Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah at the Al-Oud cemetery in Riyadh on Jan. 23 following his death in the early hours of the morning. Foreign leaders gathered in the Saudi capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah at the Al-Oud cemetery in Riyadh on Jan. 23 following his death in the early hours of the morning. Foreign leaders gathered in the Saudi capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world’s top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
Swans swim over a lake as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Russia on Jan. 26. About 600 swans annually migrate to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend their winter feeding on yagers which helps them to survive severe cold.
Swans swim over a lake as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Russia on Jan. 26. About 600 swans annually migrate to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend their winter feeding on yagers which helps them to survive severe cold.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Northern Nigeria is in chaos.
  • A minister from the CAR has been kidnapped by gunmen.
  • Kenya’s Maasai people have been protesting corruption, with deadly results.
  • A South Sudanese militia is releasing thousands of child soldiers as part of a deal made recently.
  • A city council in South Africa has voted to name a street after the country’s last white ruler.
  • An al-Shabab intelligence chief has quit his job.

Americas:

Oceania:

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