Ravi Somaiya

Stories by Ravi Somaiya

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    North Korean Soccer Team Punished for World Cup Failure

    In June, the North Korean soccer team dropped out of the World Cup without a point after conceding 12 goals in three games. Since the players returned home, they have been publicly shamed, according to reports. The manager has been forced to become a construction worker, and there are fears for his safety.
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    Taliban Says It Will Target Names Exposed by WikiLeaks

    The U.S. military has already accused WikiLeaks of having "the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family" on its hands after leaking 92,000 classified documents. The Taliban has now confirmed it is poring through the documents, and intends to hunt down and punish any suspected spies named.
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    Four Journalists Kidnapped in Mexican Drug Violence

    Earlier this week it emerged that prison officials in northern Mexico had allegedly let drug-gang assassins out repeatedly—and supplied them with weapons and trucks—to massacre 35 people. Now journalists covering the story have been kidnapped.
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    Shirley Sherrod Says She Will Sue Andrew Breitbart

    Shirley Sherrod, the US Department of Agriculture worker who was ousted after Andrew Breitbart released a video selectively edited to make it appear as if she had made racist remarks, has announced that she will sue the conservative blogger.
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    Judge Blocks Ariz. Immigration Provisions

    For now, at least, the state's police will not be forced to check immigration status while enforcing other laws, and immigrants will not be required to carry their papers.
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    Inside America's Tiger-Breeding Farms

    Almost all of America’s 7,000 tigers are born and raised here. Reports from tiger farms suggest that animals are often kept in small pens, people die when safety is lax, and the cats are hideously inbred to produce valuable white cubs.
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    The Trouble With Tigers

    There are 3,000 tigers left in the wild. But there are more than 7,000 in America. Most are not in established zoos -- they're kept as pets, or mascots, even enforcers for drug dealers. NEWSWEEK looks at America's obsession with one of the world's deadliest predators.
  • Lawyer in Iran Stoning Case Is Now Targeted by Authorities

    Earlier this month, Iranian human-rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei helped draw the world's attention to his client, a woman who faced imminent stoning for adultery. Now, according to human-rights activists, he is in hiding himself for fear of retribution.
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    Wyclef Jean May Run for Haitian Presidency

    Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean, born outside Port-au-Prince, is not ruling out a run for president in the country's Nov. 28 election, according to a statement his family gave to the media.
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    Mexican Prisoners 'Let Out' to Kill as Cartel Assassins

    Staffers at a Mexican prison are accused of releasing inmates and giving them high-powered assault rifles and official vehicles so they can work as hit squads for drug cartels, and massacre rivals and civilians.
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    Sharron Angle Perfects Dodging Reporters

    It's not a bird. It's not a plane. That worried-looking blur reporters keep seeing in Nevada is Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Her new signature move is to (almost) literally sprint away from the press.
  • A Military Record Made for Washington?

    Wags are suggesting that the patchy military record of Alvin Greene, the unexpected Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina, implies he could be a perfect fit in D.C. He was, reports the AP, "usually capable of handling mundane tasks with supervision."
  • More Twists in the Lockerbie Bomber Saga

    The Libyan jailed for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people, finds himself at the center of continuing international intrigue.
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    The Slow March Toward Gay Marriage Rights

    Argentina recognized the legitimacy of gay marriage this week. Last week a judge in Boston struck down legislation that prevents such equal rights in the U.S. A look at the statistics shows a seemingly inexorable move toward recognizing same-sex marriage.
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    The Strange Tale of the Iranian Defector

    On Monday an Iranian nuclear scientist arrived by taxi at a Washington embassy and demanded to be returned to Iran. His tale is the latest in a recent spate of fascinating spy stories.
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    The Road to Deepwater Horizon

    Company insiders, past and present, say the Deepwater Horizon disaster was not a mystery. They describe a risk-taking culture spanning decades where profits come before safety, and whistle-blowers are intimidated, pressured out, or fired. And though Hayward had promised to make the company safer when he became CEO in 2007, the pressure to cut costs has only intensified under his leadership as the oil company struggled to please shareholders.
  • Hundreds of Suspected Mafiosi Arrested in Italy, U.S.

    In the largest operation of its kind in 15 years, police officials have arrested more than 300 suspected mafia figures in Italy and the U.S. after bugging a dry cleaner owned by a suspected gangster.
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    Who Is Al-Shabab?

    Al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group from Somalia, claimed responsibility for a spate of bombings Sunday across the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that killed scores of people. But who is this group? And does it have influence in the U.S.?
  • The Tale of the Barefoot Bandit

    After two years on the run, 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, the alleged "barefoot bandit," who reportedly stole a plane and fled to the Bahamas, was caught in typically cinematic fashion.
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    Is Al Qaeda Now Just a Brand?

    Three men arrested on terror charges in Norway today, after a year long investigation, were described as having "links to people abroad who can be linked to Al Qaeda." Indeed, the Bin Laden brand is still often attached to Islamic terrorists and wannabes. But what, in a new era for Islamic terror, does it mean?
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    British Scientists Cleared of 'Climategate'

    A third inquiry into the "climategate" e-mails—documents from a climate-research center that skeptics claimed proved global warming was a hoax—has cleared the scientists of any wrongdoing. But what exactly was the scandal?
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    Iranian Woman Faces Stoning for Adultery

    Human-rights campaigners say that a 43-year-old mother of two who says she confessed to adultery under duress will be buried up to her breasts and stoned to death as soon as this weekend.
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    Obama Needs His Own Dick Cheney

    The Obama administration has consistently disguised victory as defeat—because it is as terrible at politics as it is effective at policy. Maybe the president needs some steel in his cabinet.
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    The New Revolutionaries

    It's not just the 4th of July holiday that's raising memories of revolution. The idea of active anti-government resistance, once the province of the fringe or a mere historical parable, is now a common component of the national discourse.