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5 Leadership Lessons Learned From The Military And What They Mean For You

Leaders—true leaders—aren’t average people. The average person doesn’t choose to swim upstream while others swiftly float downstream, or zig when others choose to zag. But having the courage, character and confidence to enter into the abysmal unknown and create value—personally and …

Leadership

Why Portugal should be more than a sidenote on your itinerary for Spain

While Spain often finds a place on Americans' itineraries, its neighbor Portugal can end up relegated to a stopover — if it's included at …

European Travel

New Florida High-Speed Train Line Tries to Get Travelers Out of Cars

A new train line, aimed at bringing high-speed rail to the Sunshine State, is under development in Florida.<p>Brightline, which is set to begin …

Brussels in lockdown after terror threat level is raised to maximum

Shops close, football is cancelled and people are urged to stay home as army patrols streets in face of ‘serious and imminent threat’ of Paris-style attack<p>Brussels has been blanketed with security after the Belgian government raised alert levels on terrorist threats to the maximum, warning of the …

The Eiffel Tower Stands Strong: Pictures

Europe

Beneath the Surface in Florida

Florida

China's limited options exposed by Islamic State killing

BEIJING (Reuters) - The killing of a Chinese citizen by Islamic State has shone the spotlight on China’s paucity of options when its people are kidnapped abroad, despite its growing military prowess and international profile.<p>Members of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit rescue hostages from a bus which …

Humble Versus Egocentric Leaders: When Lacking Self-Awareness Helps

Self-awareness has two important components.<p>The first is possessing an accurate view of your own skills and abilities, along with your shortcomings and weaknesses.<br>• The second is understanding how colleagues perceive your behavior. It enables you to know how you impact them and what you contribute to …

Self-awareness

Singapore megachurch leaders sentenced to jail for pop music fraud

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The co-founder of a Singapore church and five other leaders were sentenced to jail terms of up to eight years on Friday, for fraudulently diverting millions of dollars to support his wife's pop singing career.<p>The mix of faith and fraud has fascinated tightly-regulated …

Why the FDA doesn't want you to say 'GMO'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants Americans to stop talking about "GMOs."<p>It's not that the agency wants people to pretend that the nation's food supply is unadulterated by modern science. It's that regulators want the public to understand exactly what it means to say that a product is …

Can you be too clean?

We take long showers, change clothes every day and wash our hands regularly. Is this doing us more harm than good?<p>What’s your routine? Do you shower every morning, or skip a few days? Do you change the bedsheets weekly, or only when they get smelly? How about your towels: New ones – like clockwork …

Immune System

What are the global repercussions of Syria’s collapse? | Vladimir Frolov, Frederic C Hof, Michael Herzog, Hossein Derakhshan, Gencer Özkan, Pierre Haski

Vladimir Frolov, Frederic C Hof, Michael Herzog, Hossein Derakhshan, Gencer Özcan, Pierre Haski

New Zealand votes in first round to select national flag

New Zealanders have begun voting in the first of two referendums to pick a national flag. The South Pacific country may also keep its current banner, …

China: 28 'terrorists' killed in western Xinjiang province

China has announced the deaths of 28 people during a police crackdown in Xinjiang, home to many Muslim Uighurs. In September, the group allegedly …

The Week in Pictures: Sept. 17 - 24

Eid al-Adha

Haj death toll rises to 769, Iran denounces 'crime'

DUBAI (Reuters) - The death toll in a crush at the annual haj pilgrimage outside Mecca rose to 769, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, as arch-rival Iran said Saudi officials should be tried in an international court for what it called a crime.<p>The worst disaster to befall the Islamic event in a quarter …

10 of the world's most beautiful new nature reserves

<b>(CNN) —</b> Read the news on any given day and you may think that our planet is on a one-way trip to the dumpster.<p>Earth is warming, populations are rising, flora and fauna are disappearing.<p>But there are glimmers of hope if you know where to look for them.<p>In recent years, an increasing number of …

Mind-bending mashups: Artist creates bizarre Combophotos, in pictures - Telegraph

EU ministers begin drive to deliver bailout as Greece gives bitter consent

Helena Smith and Emma Graham-Harrison in Athens, Ben Quinn, Heather Stewart, Graeme Wearden, Warren Murray and agencies

Afghan spy agency says third Islamic State commander killed in drone strike

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan intelligence agency on Thursday said a third top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country’s East this week.<p>Shahidullah Shahid, a former member of the Pakistani Taliban who defected to the Islamic State and was operating in …

Poorer than Greece: the EU countries that reject a new Athens bailout

In Latvia and Lithuania, pensioners and other poor people wonder why they are being asked to pay to bail out their far richer Greek counterparts<p>Half a continent away from Athens, Milda is unimpressed. Watching reports of the Greek predicament on the news, the Latvian pensioner has little sympathy …

Afghan protesters denounce quashing of death sentences for Farkhunda killers

Solidarity party members, female activists and others protest outside shrine in Kabul where Farkhunda Malikzada was murdered by mob<p>Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce a court ruling last week that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a …

The Internet is officially too big

The Internet has (sort of) run out of space.<p>The regional organization tasked with assigning IP addresses in North America, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), is now wait-listing all applicants because it has almost exhausted its supply of IP addresses under the current protocol.<p>IP …

North America

China says tourists attacked in Turkey during anti-China protests

BEIJING/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - China has warned its citizens traveling in Turkey to be careful of anti-Beijing protests, saying some Chinese tourists have recently been “attacked and disturbed”.<p>Demonstrators set fire to a Chinese flag during a protest against China near the Chinese Consulate in …

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides.<p>Under an article in the new terrorism law presented to the president for his final approval, …

US-led air strikes hit Isis stronghold of Raqqa

US-led coalition aircraft have conducted a series of air strikes targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, in one of the largest such operations in the country to date.<p>At least 16 air strikes were reported late on …

Fears about terror attacks shadow Fourth of July celebrations

Taiwan stands up to China with World War II military parade

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an old but often …

Iran and world powers reach tentative agreement on sanctions relief

World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats said on Saturday.<p>The annex hammered out by experts, one of …

Honduras protesters stage biggest march yet to demand president resign

Estimated 60,000 Hondurans gather in capital Tegucigalpa for a sixth week, calling for Juan Orlando Hernández to step down over corruption claims<p>Tens of thousands Hondurans poured onto the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa on Friday to demand the resignation of the president, Juan Orlando …