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December 26, 2014

Year-End Roundup: Best Blogs of 2014

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Historians may look back and see 2014 as the tipping point when the world started falling apart instead of coming together.

Visionary scientists remain enthusiastic that, thanks to converging new technologies from artificial intelligence to regenerative medicine, genetic synthesis and green energy, our civilization is on the threshold of a new and harmonious singularity. Yet, all around us the signs of splintering abound in revived nationalisms, ardent religious wars and the reappearance of geopolitical blocs. Even the global connectivity of the Internet once thought to embody a world spirit is balkanizing.

Russia's Economy Headed For Even More Trouble

Putin
getty

Turkish Teen Accused Of Insulting President Freed From Custody

Turkey
ADEM ALTAN via Getty Images

The Islamic State Is Failing At Being A State

Isis Flag
Wikimedia Commons

Putin Signs New Russian Military Doctrine

Putin
Sasha Mordovets via Getty Images

Ukraine Begins To Cut Off Crimea

Crimea Train
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Palestinian Stabs 2 Border Policemen, Israeli Police Report

Amona
AFP via Getty Images

Chinese Leaders Reiterate Support For Hong Kong's Embattled Chief Executive

Cy Leung
Chris McGrath via Getty Images

Kiev And Rebels To Hold Mass Prisoner Exchange, Says Ukraine Security Service

Ukraine
SERGEI SUPINSKY via Getty Images

Another Twist In Airline Nuts Scandal

Korean Air Lines
ASSOCIATED PRESS

8 Unforgettable Symbols From The Year In Protests

Woman Kneeling Tear Gas
Scott Olson via Getty Images

African Union's Main Base In Somalia Attacked

Somalia African Union
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Russia Offers Support To North Korea Amid Sony Hack

Kim Jong Un
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hong Kong Police Arrest 12 Democracy Protesters

Hong Kong
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Is Netanyahu Finished?

Bibi
Getty

Did Anyone See 2014's Many Crises Coming?

World On Fire
Saul Gravy via Getty Images

It Doesn't Take Much To Knock North Korea Off The Web

Internet
Yagi Studio via Getty Images

ISIS Captures Jordanian Pilot After Warplane Reportedly Downed In Syria

Pilot Syria
ASSOCIATED PRESS

13-Year-Old Girl: My Father Gave Me To Boko Haram

Kano
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Putin Scraps New Year's Holidays For Ministers

Putin
Sasha Mordovets via Getty Images

Russia Accuses NATO Of Military Expansion

Putin
Sasha Mordovets via Getty Images

Israel Strikes Gaza After Palestinian Sniper Fire

Gaza Israel Border
ASSOCIATED PRESS

India Imposes Curfews After Brutal Rebel Attack

Assam
STRDEL via Getty Images

India Acid Attack Caught On CCTV

Delhi Acid
Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Environmental Crime

China Pollution
Laurie Noble via Getty Images

Tunisia Has A Democracy, If It Can Keep It

Essebsi
FETHI BELAID via Getty Images

Clashes Rock Country After Essebi Claims Victory

The Bleak Existence Of The Factory Workers Behind Your iPhone

Zhending
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

The U.N.'s Man In Syria: ISIS Is Like A Political Ebola

Islamic State Of Iraq
ASSOCIATED PRESS

This Year's International News In 46 Iconic Photos

Ukraine
Getty

Celebrating Christmas In Iraq Under The Shadow Of ISIS

Iraq
Courtesy of Matthew Willingham

HuffPost's International Editors Select The Biggest News Stories Of 2014

News Stories
Bloomberg via Getty Images, Ahn Young-joon/AP, Hin

Chinese University Bans Christmas, Calls It 'Kitsch'

China
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Use NORAD's Tracker To Follow Santa All Around The World

Santa
Michel Tcherevkoff via Getty Images

Send In The Clowns.. To The Zaatari Refugee Camp

Clowns Without Borders
AFP via Getty Images

How Some Peruvians Celebrate Christmas

Takanakuy
ASSOCIATED PRESS

50 Years Of 'The Nutcracker' Ballet, In Stunning Photos

Nutcracker 1960
AFP via Getty Images

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

Quantum Physics
agsandrew via Getty Images

These Photos Remind Us Not Everyone Is Feasting This Holiday

Nat Geo Yourshot
Christina Sussman / National Geographic Your Shot

Remembering The WWI Christmas Truce 100 Years Later

Truce
FaithCounts/YouTube

4 Crucial International Stories You May Have Completely Missed This Year

Central African Republic
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pakistani Christians Dressed As Santa Claus Protest Taliban

Santa Taliban
RIZWAN TABASSUM via Getty Images

Bethlehem Is Not The Idyllic Nativity Village It Once Was

Bethlehem
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Finding Love in Delhi's Red Light District

Hardik Gaurav Gb Road
Hardik Gaurav

LOOK: Christmas Photos And Facts

Christmas Tree
TIZIANA FABI via Getty Images

PHOTOS: Santa's Workshop Actually A Sprawling Factory Town In China

Factory
gemmalord.com
Singularity University

The 8 Most Game-Changing Innovations Of 2014

Most Memorable Magazine Covers Of 2014

Putin Advocate Cover
The Advocate

These Are The Top 10 Global Threats Going Into 2015

Isis Kim
AP

Who The Internet Says Are The Top Thinkers Of 2014

Top 100 Global
Tages Anzeiger

Using Big Data To Find Big Brains

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