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Iraq refugees 'terrified to be sent back'

<b>Silopi refugee camp, Turkey -</b> After a four-day trek through the barren, sun-blasted terrain of northern Iraq, Murad Kasim Rashow shook with anger as he remembered the family members he left behind.<p>Newly arrived at a makeshift refugee camp in Silopi, a remote border town in Turkey's southeast, he …

Where did banana republics get their name?

VIOLENT, poor and politically wobbly, Honduras meets most people’s definition of a banana republic. On Sunday it will hold a closely-fought …

Enterprise Snapchat and other tools to keep data locked down

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>“What!?!” That was the general recent reaction to the news that one of the most popular apps on the market, Snapchat, was …

Let teenagers have their kicks. They are only doing what comes naturally

Austere times have made our young prematurely middle aged, robbing them of a crucial stage of development<p>British teenagers are an increasingly responsible and sober bunch. Teen pregnancies are at an all-time low, drug-fuelled dance culture is vanishing, careers are planned from a tender age, and …

Messing about in boats in India: readers' travel writing competition 2013

A boat trip in Udaipur, India, goes wrong – but luckily Edward Tew, winner of the <b>history category</b>, is neither shaken or stirred by the experience. Scroll down to see the runner-up<p><b>THE WINNER</b><p>"Octopussy," said the hotel receptionist as we mounted the last in a long line of unusually vertical …

JFK: A Look Back

Inside Flipboard / November 21, 2013<p>Fifty years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was slain by a madman’s bullet. The assassination of the popular and …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

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15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Do you know where your children go online?

Sexting, bullying and getting round security settings… young people tell Olivia Gordon what really happens on the internet<p>Thirty years ago, children were taught never to accept sweets from strangers, but the equivalent modern message, about staying safe online, doesn't seem to be getting through. …

The secrets of the world's happiest cities

What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation?<p>Check out theguardian.com/cities: a new website devoted to the future of cities all over the world<p>Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing …

How do I deal with cyber attacks?

Never open unexpected attachments, especially if they contain .pdf or .zip files, says Rick Maybury.<p><i>I have this been subjected to a vicious cyber attack and from nowhere ten or more years of saved documents have been encrypted. I have been offered a release Key in three days time provided I pay</i> …

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Samsung W2014 is world's first Snapdragon 800 flip phone, costs over $1,640

China Telecom's obsession with Samsung's luxury clamshells isn't dwindling any time soon. In fact, the two companies have just launched a new model, the SCH-W2014, at their annual "Heart Of The World" charity concert in Nanjing last night. While it shares a similar appearance with the W2013 and the …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

John F Kennedy assassination: 50 years of conspiracy in fiction and film

The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity …

11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I was a day trader for many years and it almost killed me.</i><p>I was a day trader for many …

Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to soak up …

5 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Photography

Photography books, schools, websites, and even your local camera clubs are your main source of help when it comes to improving your craft. There is a …

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No-one does weddings like Indians. Even the simplest can have several days of feasting and host hundreds of guests. But how is technology changing the celebrations? From "find my wife" TV shows and online planning services to worldwide wedding dress hunts and customised photo albums, the business surrounding Indian wedding ceremonies has remained firmly recession-proof. http://bbc.in/17u5M4f

Samsung tools aim to help its smart devices stand out

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1023000/1023563_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524744162_6fa07b3963ac5ce0128dc94930684eb4<p><b>Samsung has unveiled a raft of new software tools to help developers create apps specifically designed for its devices.</b><p>The South Korean firm is …

Report: Samsung will stick with its faux-leather finish in next version of Galaxy S phone

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>While it was rumored to be making the move to metal, a new report suggests that Samsung might stick with …

Samsung's Protection Plus trademark hints at new take on extended warranties

Samsung already has extended warranties, but you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice them -- they're not exactly well-advertised. That may soon change, as the company has quietly filed for a catchier "Samsung Protection Plus" trademark in the US. There's little to reveal what would come with …

Firefox plugin reveals how your internet browsing is being monitored

If someone screams "they're watching you!" into your face, then you're either starring in a horror movie or living in these surveillance-conscious times. Still, if it's the latter, at least now you can put a name to the faceless entities observing your every move. Mozilla has released Lightbeam, a …

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Bill Gates, Khosla put up $100M for Kior’s next plant project

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Billionaire and Microsoft (s MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates continues to step in and fund a variety of cleantech startups backed …

HTC's future plans: Wearable devices and tablets a possibility, tease execs - Pocket-lint

While some companies are notoriously mum about future plans and roadmaps, HTC doesn't have as much to lose and seems eager to tease the world about …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Released

It looks like the first Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update has been released, the update has started tolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S4 …

Android News

The Best Pizza In 10 Big Cities Around The US

In celebration of National Pizza Month, the editors at Zagat shared the best pizza joints in 10 big cities around the U.S.<p>From Atlanta to Washington, D.C., here are some epically delicious pies.

Iron Man 3: the technology behind Tony Stark's suit

When it comes to both fashion and firepower, it's fair to say that Tony Stark is Marvel Universe's ultimate suited and booted Super Hero. And with Marvel’s Iron Man 3, his weaponised wardrobe gets an upgrade that's guaranteed to blow his enemies - and audiences - away.<p>From Iron Man through to Iron …

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