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When you think of war scares back in the Cold War, most people think about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But a newly declassified document reveals just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan.

In Brussels, Belgium, a kitty is under siege

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Brussels, Belgium, has been on lockdown the past few days.

During the lockdown, Belgian police have asked locals to refrain from tweeting about any police activity. No tweeting, fine. But what about meowing?

In response to the police request, the world got a taste of the Belgian sense of humor as Belgians flooded twitter with mocking photos of cats.

In South Africa, it's called the Black Tax

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Sarah Birnbaum

Africans have felt a duty to care for extended family forever, but the way the new generation is dealing with this pressure is changing.

Diana Matumba grew up in Limpopo, one of the poorest regions in South Africa. 

There are no paved roads.  It’s a struggle to find a place to make a phone call. 

“Don’t even try finding it on GPS!” Matumba says.

She describes her village as remote, quaint and though she’s loathe to use the term, a little “backwards by advancement standards.” She says most people live in tiny houses.

April Rocha

ISIS spells it out plain and clear in the February issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq. 

It calls for the elimination of the "gray zone," that intellectual space inhabited by Muslims who don't side with religious extremists. You're with us or against us, the jihadis argue. 

Most Muslims around the world are unimpressed. 

"My entire life is gray," says Moroccan American author Laila Lalami. "My friends are from all kinds of different religions, or no religion at all. And so all of our lives in a sense are grey."

Photo by&nbsp;Ammar Abdullah / Reuters.&nbsp;

This Thanksgiving, Paul Katcher wanted to reflect not only on what he’s grateful for, but also for all the choices he doesn’t have to make, the kind of bleak decisions faced by Syrian civilians caught in the middle of the country’s brutal civil war.

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Belgium has had a reputation for many things. Chocolate. Beer. French fries with mayonaisse.

But a hotbed for jihadist activity? 

Two of the terrorists involved in the November 13 Paris attacks were identified as French citizens from the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. That district has also been linked to two other major Islamic teror attacks: The rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices and a plot against a train from Paris to Belgium.

What is it about Belgium? How did it get on this particular map?

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One of the men who blew themselves up near the soccer stadium in Paris on Nov. 13 had a passport near his body.

French and Greek officials later said that the bomber's fingerprints matched those of a man who had arrived on European shores on October 3. He had gone to Turkey, Greece and later on to France.

But the passport turned out to be fake.

His was one of thousands of fake Syrian passports in circulation today. Syrian passports have become valuable with the rise in the number of refugees and the war in Syria.

Daniel Estrin

A day after the Paris attacks, Steve Puget decided to help find people searching for their loved ones who had gone missing.

He opened a Facebook page he called Recherche Paris, or “Search Paris.” His first post went like this: “If you’re looking for someone who was in Paris last night, send a description and the place where that person was.”

When he woke up the next morning, the page had about 400 likes, and people started writing messages asking for help finding their loved ones.

Jeb Sharp

Molenbeek is just a quick subway ride away from downtown Brussels. And it’s a community struggling to come to terms with the terrorists in its midst.

Sara Corsius is a concert organizer here. She's reeling from news of the attacks in Paris a week ago but also fiercely protective of her community where some of the perpetrators grew up and lived and worked.

She's also real about the dangers ahead.

"The first reaction is everyone understand we can't react in fear," she said. "The second reaction is be very afraid."

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One thing to notice about the terrorist incident in Bamako on Friday was the speed with which Malian security forces responded. As soon as word got out that active shooters were in the upscale Radisson Blu hotel, security forces got moving.

Very quickly, they went on the attack, clearing the hotel floor by floor. There were casualties, but dozens of hostages were freed. French and US special forces, on training missions in Mali, were able to assist.