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2014 has been a milemarker for women, especially when it comes to politics. While Western women have taken a step forward, headlines suggest women in many Islamic countries have taken two leaps back.

In the West, Muslim activists have many women among their ranks, some of them artists, writers, reporters, educators and lawyers who want the world to know their vision of women in Islam. But women in many Middle Eastern countries have little or no rights or freedoms.

Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office by the country's Constitutional Court.

The Associated Press reports:

"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.

The first person to sail single-handedly and nonstop around the world has joined others in urging the U.S. Coast Guard to resume a search for four missing British yachtsman who disappeared aboard a 40-foot sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops amassed along the Ukrainian border to return to their permanent bases, the president's office announced in a statement on Monday.

USA Today translated that statement as saying:

President Obama arrives in Japan on tomorrow amid reports that North Korea might carry out a fourth underground nuclear test to coincide with the president’s trip.

The reports about the possible test come from the South Korean Defense Ministry, which says it has spotted several activities related to a possible nuclear test in Punggye-ri in North Korea.

Jim Walsh, an expert on North Korea and international security, discusses this with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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Did anti-Semitism play any role in the recent events in Ukraine, and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region?

China is stepping up war games in preparation for a possible conflict with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a tiny island chain in the East China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo, a senior U.S. Navy official says.

Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the remark at a conference put on by the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego last week.

French President Angry Over Report On Love Life

Jan 10, 2014

French President Francois Hollande is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.

Hollande, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right."

It says he is weighing possible action, including via the courts. He did not address the alleged affair.

Iraq Holding Off Offensive Against Al-Qaida

Jan 10, 2014

Iraqi forces are holding off on an all-out offensive to retake two cities from al-Qaida.

Analysts warn that civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists.

Iraqi military officials say they have enough troops to recapture Fallujah and Ramadi, but they are waiting for additional shipments of U.S. drones and missiles.

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