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The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

Many South African women who came of age under an apartheid government are still active in the fight for their rights. But no longer is the main issue race. Now, women and girls across the country are in a fierce struggle against gender inequality.

“South Africa is such a complicated place, with such a brutal history — and race, class, and gender are all intertwined in there — but people are really feeling like gender is the next big issue here,” says The World’s Jeb Sharp.   

“Oh my god, I can’t believe it. I’ve been waiting for this for so long.”

That was Marcela Catenas's reaction to news that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, announced Thursday night, might give her family a chance to step out of the shadows.

I met Mancera, originally from Mexico, at her small home in Richmond, California, along with her Argentinian husband, Gabriel. Squeezed between them on the couch sat Nicole, their 5-year-old daughter.

Mobeen Azhar

Across Pakistan, an increasingly radical brand of Islamic school or madrassa is gaining influence, spreading a purist form of Islam. And many of their students are going on to become imams and preachers across the country.

The BBC’s Mobeen Azhar spent time visiting one of the most famous and influential of these madrassas, the Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad. Students at the madrassa study for eight years in facilities where one of the libraries is named after Osama bin Laden. Male students who graduate are then qualified to preach at mosques across Pakistan.

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The United States' 54 million Hispanics can't agree on everything. And when it comes to President Barack Obama's immigration plan, they don't.

"There really was a move to address the issue of compromise in much greater force than really has been acknowledged," says Clara del Villar, a first-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic who took issue with the president's blaming of Republicans for the impasse on immigration in Congress and the need for his executive order. 

Executive actions can be contentious all over the world

Nov 21, 2014
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President Barack Obama invoked his executive authority on Thursday to shield as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Some people are hailing Obama's actions as the biggest changes to immigration policy in decades, but some Republicans on Capitol Hill are calling the moves impeachment-worthy.

House Speaker John Boehner called the president "Emperor Obama" on Thursday, while other conservatives called the executive action undemocratic. That may be by American standards, but how about in other countries?

The deadline for negotiations between Iran and the West has been set for Monday, but the TV series "Homeland" is way ahead of reality. (Yes, this post contains spoilers.)

The show saw Iran and the West strike a nuclear deal at the end of its third season. So how does a Hollywood writer use real world politics and events to shape characters and story lines?

Alexander Cary, one of the writers and producers of "Homeland," says the show's writing staff saw relations between Iran and the West as a real-world political drama that provide great tension for TV serios.

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It was a cold, drizzly night in Kiev’s Maidan Square. Opposition politicians had called their supporters out onto the streets to protest. It was almost a total failure.

No one could have foreseen, but it was actually the beginning of the Ukrainian revolution — one year ago, November 21, 2013.

At issue was President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to freeze an agreement to forge a closer relationship with the European Union. At stake was the entire future of Ukraine — or at least that’s what some political activists believed.

Local police in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan, now report the Taliban have taken control of the city's organized crime.

“The Taliban have come in and effectively ‘top-sliced’ a lot of the gangs,” explains the BBC's Mobeen Azhar. “In the past, you might have gangs that dealt with kidnap, extortion or phone theft, and the Taliban have come in and said, 'You will continue with your work, but you will work for us.'"

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The anthem for an election rally in downtown Tunis is a mash-up of a rap about democracy, an old Arabic standard and Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin 'Bout a Revolution."

“This is happening after the revolution — young people becoming hysterical,” says Radhouane Addala, a young Tunisian journalist. “It’s like Michael Jackson who’s on stage!”

Maybe a slightly older version, though: Presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi, the "Michael Jackson" of Tunisian politics, turns 88 next week.

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President Barack Obama was in Washington on Thursday night, but he became the star of the Latin Grammy Awards being held at the same time in Las Vegas.

The awards show was delayed by 17 minutes so President Barack Obama’s announcement on immigration could be carried live with Spanish translation on Univision, and his decision to defer deportations and grant work authorization to five million undocumented immigrants was celebrated during the rest of the evening.

Sylvia Gonzales hugs a friend after President Obama's immigration announcement
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Immigrant workers and families gathered at locations across Washington state last night to hear President Obama’s immigration announcement. KUOW’s Liz Jones was at one of those watch parties in Seattle’s Central District, and filed this report.

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Around a hundred parents, children and workers packed into a meeting room at Casa Latina. It’s a day labor center in Seattle. The evening started upbeat.

[Sound of chanting: "Si se puede!"]

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France has been shocked by the suggestion that two of the killers identified in the latest beheading video from ISIS are French.

“People are very disturbed by it for obvious reasons,” says Christopher Dickey, the Paris-based foreign editor of The Daily Beast, "but also because these are not Muslim immigrants or the descendants of Muslim immigrants: These are people who have converted to Islam.”

This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

Experts say there are at least three tests to give a Christmas tree before it gets strapped it to a car and dragged home so it doesn’t go “Charlie Brown” before Christmas Day.

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