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This clip is like a time machine to a distant era known only as "the '90s," in which big ties were cool, the "@" symbol was referred to as "that a with the little ring around it," and the Internet was a—well, what was it, exactly? Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric try to figure it out here, in a clip which just surfaced from NBC (and which may have cost someone their job.) They do manage to get a few details of the Internet right, but they miss the part about it being an omnipresent nightmare flooded with cat GIFs and mindless political debates ... Discuss

 

Very scary, very sad news out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which has been taken over by pro-Russian militants. Reports are saying that Jews are being forced to register with their government, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated." The information was printed on leaflets and distributed to the city's synagogue, all bearing the name of Denis Pushilin, who's styling himself as the chairman of Donetsk's interim (maybe) government. The leaflet said the registration was necessitated by leaders in the local Jewish community who supported Stepan Bandera, who fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II. "We don't know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it's serious that it exists," Olga Reznikova, a 32-year-old Jewish resident of Donetsk, told USA Today. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941" ... Discuss

 

This week, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram abducted more than 100 girls from schools in Nigeria, though according to some reports, many are now free. The details are still unclear as to how they were freed—some had escaped following their kidnapping, and the military was involved in a rescue attempt—and at least one person has been arrested. Some reports say that as many as eight of the girls are still missing. Boko Haram—whose name means "western education is sin” regularly carry out attacks on students and Christians. Earlier this year, more than 120,000 young students were sent home after frequent attacks on schools. The group has also been blamed for a recent bus station bombing in the capital of Nigeria that killed dozens ... Discuss