Monday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Boko Haram attacks: “A series of Christmas Day church bombings rocked Nigeria on Sunday in what appeared to be a coordinated assault by a radical Islamist sect with suspected training links to Al Qaeda, raising the sect’s violent antigovernment struggle to a new and more dangerous level that the Nigerian authorities seem powerless to contain. At least 25 people were killed.”

* More violence in Iraq: “At least seven people were killed when a suicide car bomber hit Iraq’s interior ministry on Monday in the latest attack since a crisis erupted between the Shi’ite-led government and Sunni leaders a week ago.”

* Iraq’s politics in turmoil, too: “The political party loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Monday for the dissolution of Iraq’s parliament and new elections in another move that could escalate the country’s growing sectarian crisis.”

* On the Korean peninsula: “Kim Jong-un, the newly anointed leader of North Korea, met on Monday with a private delegation of prominent South Koreans, his first face-to-face encounter with any visitors from the estranged South since assuming the top spot a week ago when his father’s death was announced.”

* Russians take to the streets to protest Putin’s 12-year domination: “Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called Saturday for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun and an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, increasing pressure on the Russian leader as he tries to win back the presidency.”

* A lot of people care about SOPA: “Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company’s wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.” (thanks to V.S)

* Rupert Murdoch may not have thought this one through: “News Corp’s the Daily is averaging about 120,000 readers a week, or less than a quarter the number the company said it needs to make money, according to an advertising executive working with the iPad-only publication.” (thanks to R.P.)

* Quite a scene in the sky: “A man foaming at the mouth lunged for the airliner’s cabin door, attempting to open it as flight attendants struggled to hold him at bay. Most of the post-Thanksgiving travelers cruising at some 30,000 feet toward Kansas City that day were unaware of the potential disaster looming at the front of the plane.” (thanks to B.G.)

* Speaking of flying, some airline-safety measures appear wildly unnecessary: “The Federal Aviation Administration has its reasons for preventing passengers from reading from their Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing. But they just don’t add up.”

* And late last week, the right threw a bit of a fit when President Obama referenced his own “laziness.” As it turns out, the context makes quite a bit of difference.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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