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Cold war 2.0: how Russia and the west reheated a historic struggle

Gen Sir Richard Shirreff remembers the moment he realised Nato was facing a new and more dangerous Russia. It was 19 March 2014, the day after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.<p>Shirreff, then deputy supreme allied commander Europe, was at Nato’s military HQ in Mons, Belgium, when an American …

Geopolitics

These Solar Panels Pull Clean Drinking Water Straight From The Air

With pilot programs in Ecuador, Jordan, Mexico, and the U.S., the technology could provide a reliable, clean water to many people who don’t have it today.<p>When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn’t flow from city pipes–there are no city pipes. Instead, a …

Clean Energy

Bag-Down Benny and Hush-Hush Hannah join LTA graciousness campaign

SINGAPORE - Two new cartoon commuters have hopped on the thoughtful bandwagon to encourage passengers to make public transport more pleasant.<p>Bag-Down …

Benny

The US Navy just commissioned the largest destroyer ever, a 'technological marvel', the USS Zumwalt

U.S. Navy<p>The largest destroyer ever built for the US Navy, the USS Zumwalt, was commissioned on Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland.<p>The 600-foot guided missile destroyer was named after legendary naval officer Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt. His daughters, Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta …

Redskins star asks why NFL can sell beer but players can’t have fun

Josh Norman made it clear during the offseason that he was no blind follower of NFL leadership, telling ESPN the Magazine that Commissioner Roger Goodell was “horrible … straight horrible,” that the league’s crackdown on big hits showed the softening of society, that Goodell is “a dog in a suit” …

TV shows

Disability rights group sues Uber over wheelchair access

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago disability rights group sued Uber Thursday over wheelchair accessibility, arguing that the mobile ride-hailing company's …

Transportation

Trump and the Truth: Climate-Change Denial

<i>This essay is part of a series The New Yorker will be running through the election titled “</i><i>Trump and the Truth</i><i>.”</i><p>Over the past four years, Donald Trump has, at different times, declared global warming a “canard,” “nonexistent,” a “make-believe problem,” a “big scam,” and “a very, very expensive form …

Kyrgios fined $16,500 for behavior at Shanghai Masters

SHANGHAI (AP) — Nick Kyrgios will have to pay $16,500 in fines for his bizarre actions at the Shanghai Masters.<p>The Australian tennis player received …

Tennis

Do Singapore landlords have a problem with race?

<b>by Ryan Ong</b><p>SINGAPORE hasn’t seen serious race-based conflicts since the 1960s, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally gone. Somewhere out there, an idiot …

Super cool!

Sundrop Farms, a tomato production facility that is the first agricultural system of its kind in the world, celebrated its grand opening in Port …

On climate change, the difference between Trump and Clinton is really quite simple

Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing humanity for, oh, the next 10,000 years, but we’ve barely heard about it in this presidential campaign. So let’s quickly recap the difference between Trump and Clinton on global warming. Because it’s really quite simple — and stark.<p><b>Clinton:</b> …

Google and Facebook are destined to wage a decade-long war for the future

Back in April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his grand ten-year roadmap, showing the company's trajectory from now through 2026.<p>Here's that slide again, in case you missed it:<p>It points the way to Facebook's ideal future: A world where everybody's connected to the internet, where we talk to …

Storm wipes out Florida sand crucial for protection, tourism

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When Christa Savva returned to the Sandy Shoes Beach Resort a day after Hurricane Matthew brushed by Melbourne Beach, …

U.S. Army

Washington voters to decide on nation's first carbon tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington lawmakers have tried and failed in recent years to make polluters pay for their carbon emissions to fight climate change. …

Climate

Fracking is the fossil-fuel dinosaur of yesteryear: reject the bankers and go for green energy and people’s finance

Two events this week show a world in a tug-of-war. First, the Government overturned Lancashire County Council’s rejection of a fracking site, paving …

These are the 10 Killer Weapons Russia and America Would Use in a War

Between the never ending conflict in Ukraine, the crisis in Syria and now allegations that Russia has engaged in cyber hacking against America, …

Military

Evidence suggests holding kids back in school is a waste of time and money

On October 6, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a new bill mandating that third-graders who fall a grade-level behind in reading be held back in school.<p>Michigan is the 17th to state pass such legislation. But those policies run counter to 40 years of research arguing against the use of …

Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic State, but they have not been given a direct role in the coming attack to free Iraq’s second city …

Middle East

There’s a massive global teacher shortage

According to estimates from Unesco's Institute for Statistics (UIS), published to coincide with World Teachers' Day on 5 October, the international community needs to recruit 24.4 million primary school teachers, and 44.4 million secondary school teachers, in order to achieve the ambition of …

Education

Russia strongly warns US against striking Syrian army

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Thursday strongly warned the United States against striking the Syrian army, noting that its air defense weapons in Syria stand ready to fend off any attack.<p>The statement underlined high tensions between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of a …

U.S. Army Chief Threatens War With Russia

U.S. Army Chief Threatens War With Russia <br>"We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before"<p>Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned …

China should make Singapore pay over South China Sea dispute, says PLA adviser

HONG KONG - Beijing should impose sanctions and retaliate against Singapore to make the Republic “pay the price for seriously damaging China’s …

China

We arrived at our Airbnb booking in Singapore only to find it was illegal

<b>Earlier this year we booked a two-night stay in Singapore through Airbnb. All communications with the owner were via the Airbnb website. However, on arrival large posters in the lift made it clear that Airbnb short lets were illegal in this building.</b><p><b>We eventually agreed with the owner that we would</b> …

Hospitality

Colombia, FARC sign historic peace deal ending long conflict

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and its largest rebel movement signed a historic peace accord Monday in an emotional ceremony that …

South America

Jive and boogie to raise funds for charity

This Saturday, please don't stop the music. For 10 hours, starting at 10am, hundreds of revellers will pour out onto the open space next to Marina …

Dance

Kerry admits diplomacy at impasse as Syrian truce collapses

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States and Russia ended any pretenses Thursday of their cease-fire for Syria remaining in force after days of increased …

Middle East

'Sickening' airstrike on UN aid trucks in Syria may be the last straw in US-Russia relations

A week into a cease-fire in Syria brokered by Russia and the US, Russian-made warplanes hit a UN aid convoy traveling to the besieged town of Aleppo to provide relief to Syrians at the scene of some of the most intense fighting in the country's five-year civil war.<p>At least 18 of 31 trucks in a UN …

Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war — on Twitter

Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging a proxy war for dominance of the Middle East and the broader Muslim world that is playing out on battlefields from Yemen to Syria.<p>This past week, though, the hottest front in the Saudi-Iran cold war wasn’t in some war-torn country in the Middle East. It was on …

10 new wars that could be unleashed as a result of the one against ISIS

The borders of the Islamic State's "caliphate" are shrinking fast. The group’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria are collapsing one by one. The U.S.-led war has reached a point where questions are being raised about what comes next.<p>So far, the answer seems likely to be: more war.<p>That’s partly because …

Middle East