On October 12, 2012, the world received a rude reminder that Pakistan still struggles with Islamic terrorists. The ruthless shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai made international headlines. Yousafzai, a young education-rights’ activist, was captured on her school bus by Islamic extremists and then shot in both the head and neck at point-blank range. Miraculously, Yousafzai survived, emerging as an international system for courage and freedom.
For the latter half of January, the volatile border between Armenian and Azerbaijan has begun to heat up as both countries have entered a tit-for-tat mentality. Each side blames each other for incursions into the other’s territory, which the other denies. In the most recent turn of events, Baku accuses Armenian spies of attempted espionage and snipers of killing an Azerbaijani soldier. Armenia has levied similar claims of attempted Azerbaijani covert cross-border operations.