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Atheists don’t need faith, any more than we need religion

Religion is on the decline in the UK, but any attempt to suggest that non-believers simply have a different kind of faith is misplaced. Our values are rooted in everyday joys<p>Religion is on the decline, with nearly half of us in England and Wales – and more than half in Scotland – saying we have no …

Religion

What China will have to do to join the Trans-Pacific trade club

Twelve countries have reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, arguably the world biggest-ever free trade deal. It marks a watershed pact that could open up trade between the United States, its allies, and many Asian countries. But one Asian country is conspicuously missing: China. That …

China

Falling In Love Is Easy. Choosing To Stay In Love Is The Hard Part

<i>By Emily Lingenfelser</i><p>Falling in love isn't a choice; it's an irrational chain of events that simply cannot be stopped. It can happen slowly, over time, or quickly in a matter of moments. One glance. One touch. One eight-hour phone conversation. And it's all over.<p>Falling in love is the easy part -- …

Relationships

5 Shortcuts To Bonding Deeply With a Romantic Partner

How do you get to crazy love — or get crazy love back when it’s gone away?<p>Forget the silly relationship books, let’s look at the real science and get …

Relationships

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

Reactions from fear to fury follow the Iran nuclear deal

The international deal with Iran to slow that country's nuclear development and speed the end of sanctions triggered powerful reactions across the region ranging from hope and joy to fear and despair.<p><b>Israel</b><p>Israel was the most outspoken critic. Its security cabinet unanimously condemned the …

Bunker-busting bomb on standby as Iran nuclear talks near end

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Gathered around conference tables in Vienna, diplomats are working feverishly to hammer out the terms of a long-elusive nuclear deal with Iran.<p>The official deadline for an agreement is Tuesday, but the parties have all but declared that talks will not be concluded by the stroke …

South Asia

Are Iran’s Sunni neighbours about to race for The Bomb?

<b>The holy month of Ramadan could never be described as a time of feverish activity in the Gulf states that sit between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.</b><p>It is brutally hot even after the fasting daylight hours give way to the feasting hours of the humid evening.<p>The sound of Koran readings in the …

South Asia

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Says Britain Will Stick With The European Convention on Human Rights

Pulling out of the European Convention on Human Rights is "not on the table", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said amid a reported Cabinet …

Radiation Therapy
Sanctions

Tajik officer's defection to Isis highlights US support for repressive regime

Gulmurod Khalimov underwent extensive military training in America during government crackdown on opposition in Tajikistan. Eurasianet.org reports<p>The senior Tajik police commander who defected to Islamic State (Isis) was trained in America on five separate occasions, a US State Department official …

War