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After Skyfall: which way now for the Bond movie?

This may be a heretical thought, but we at the Guardian have always found James Bond films a tiny bit boring. Even the successful, "exciting" ones, like Skyfall or Casino Royale. We may be in the minority though: Skyfall, the 23rd in the hoary old series, became by far its most lucrative. In fact, …

Not All Passports Are Created Equal, As This Map Will Tell You

A passport from the United States allows its citizens free access to well over 100 other countries.<p>But not all travelers have such an overwhelming spread of choices: Residents of Iraq, for example, can access only 31 countries with their passports. Venturing away from Afghanistan? Your options …

Fertility problems linked to children's mental health issues, research claims

Danish doctors who studied 2.4 million kids say they have higher risk of conditions such as autism if mum had trouble conceiving<p>Children born to parents with fertility problems are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders than those with healthier mothers and fathers, research suggests.<p>Doctors …

Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary | CNN Travel

Why The Next Four Days Could Be Huge For The Future Of America

Earlier in the week we'll be getting construction data, housing data, auto sales data, and manufacturing numbers, all of which will give us a fresh lens through which to see the economy.<p>Now the first week of every month is always packed with data, so in a sense it's a normal week. The fact that the …

U.S. Economy

Israel is spurning Europe and sending its natural gas bonanza to Egypt

British natural gas company BG has signed a preliminarily deal to export $30 billion in Israeli natural gas to Egypt. The agreement deepens Israel’s business ties with its neighbors while confounding attempts to use the gas to loosen Russia’s hold over Europe.<p>In papers filed yesterday with the Tel …

Oil & Gas Industry

Clive Palmer says his carbon tax repeal amendment will help industry too

Clive Palmer says the amendment he is demanding in return for his party’s Senate votes to repeal the carbon tax will include price reductions for large industrial power users that have direct contracts with generators, as well as for households.<p>He also suggested it could apply to businesses that …

By The End Of Today, We're Going To Know Something Very Important About The US Economy

As we've been pointing out, this is a huge week for the economy, as it's jam-packed with data that will tell us whether the economy is taking off or not.<p>The highlight of the week will come Thursday, when the June, Non-Farm Payrolls report will come out.<p>But we should learn something interesting …

J.P. Morgan says now is a great time to invest in emerging markets

China’s Iraq Oil Problem

The new Iraqi embassy in central Beijing makes the rest of the nearby foreign outposts look rather dull by comparison. The building’s façade is a …

Devon Energy selling some US assets for $2.3B

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and gas exploration company Devon Energy Corp. is selling some U.S. oil and gas properties to Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 …

Oil futures ease, with Brent around $113 a barrel

Crude-oil futures were lower in Asian trading hours Monday, extending a weekly loss as oil markets appeared less concerned about a disruption to …

Johnny Manziel 'absolutely' expects to win Browns starting job

Johnny Manziel said he 'absolutely' expects to start Week 1 for the Browns.<p>Basically everything surrounding Johnny Manziel's offseason involved his …

Football (U.S.)

China begins enforcement of golf course ban

A golf course ban was enacted in 2004 in China which you probably didn't know because it was largely ignored. No more, says the Chinese</b> …

Golf

iPhone 6 Mockups of Low Quality, Antenna Breaks Not in Final Design

We've seen a steady stream of mockup devices that claim to represent the form factor of the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. While these mockups provide a fairly accurate look at Apple's upcoming iPhone hardware, they may not be completely accurate, claims <i>Nikkei</i> (via <i>GforGames</i>).<p>Though they …

Facebook offers explanation for controversial News Feed psychology experiment

"Our goal was never to upset anyone."<p>Facebook caused a stir over the weekend with the revelation that it had been altering the content of some users' News Feeds in an attempt to study the psychology behind what causes people to post emotional material. Now Adam Kramer, Facebook data scientist and …

Isis declares its captive territories an 'Islamic Caliphate'

Jihadist group Isis demands all Muslims declare obedience to its leader as it lays claim to the mantle of the great Muslim empires of the past<p>Fresh from their victories over the Iraqi army and on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan, the jihadist group Isis has declared its captive …

Boko Haram kill Christian worshippers and burn churches in latest Nigeria attack

Suspected Islamist militants launch simultaneous attacks on villages close to town from which more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April, killing at least 30<p>Suspected Boko Haram militants have mounted two deadly attacks just a few miles from the Nigerian village where they abducted more than …

More Than 500 Firefighters Battle Blaze in Arizona Forest

More than 500 firefighters were battling a wildfire in eastern Arizona that had swelled to 5,000 acres in three days and was still at 0 percent containment on Sunday. Three neighborhoods near the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest were under mandatory evacuation orders, according to a release by the …

Forests

ISIS declares restoration of Caliphate, changes name - TIME

The extremist Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Sunday declared a new caliphate — or an Islamic state to …

Bourbon Street shooting leaves 7 hurt

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police are working to identify two gunmen who shot into a Bourbon Street crowd early Sunday morning, injuring nine people.<p>Police say all of the victims were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire, and some of those victims were tourists visiting New Orleans.<p>Police say …

Nets give Jason Kidd permission to talk to Bucks

Jason Kidd 's days in Brooklyn may be nearing a shocking end.<p>In an out-of-nowhere development, the Nets coach who led Brooklyn to a 44-38 record and a second round playoff loss to the Miami Heat in his first season has been granted permission to speak with the Milwaukee Bucks after losing an …

Bosh tells Heat he opts out

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James went first. Dwyane Wade followed a few days later. And now Chris Bosh has made it a clean sweep.<p>The Big 3, for now anyway, …