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US deploys heavily armed marines to Syria

Several hundred marines have deployed into Syria with artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to push ISIL out of its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed.<p>The marines are pre-positioning howitzers to be ready to assist local Syrian forces, …

Middle East

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.<p>For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that …

Construction resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's challenge

CANNON BALL, N.D./HOUSTON (Reuters) - The company building an oil pipeline that has fueled sustained public protests said on Thursday it has started drilling under a North Dakota lake despite a last-ditch legal challenge from a Native American tribe leading the opposition.<p>Police vehicles idle on …

North Dakota

Top UK school opens new international branch in Dubai

One of the highest achieving schools in the UK, North London Collegiate, is opening a branch in Dubai.<p>The London-based all-girls school's venture comes on the back of rising demand for English international schools abroad, with expats and wealthy local families in Asia fueling the surge in new …

Seven incredible adventures you can have in a weekend

Have your weekends been a little lacklustre of late? You don't need to use up all your annual leave to have a real adventure – you'd be surprised how much you can squeeze into a couple of days.<p>From bear watching to bobsledding, these trips will do the trick. They start on a Thursday or Friday and …

Studying high-res satellite images on your lunch break can help uncover new archaeology sites

If you've ever dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, you might want to take a look at GlobalXplorer: a browser-based app that trains ordinary …

Archaeology

FDR started the Long Peace. Under Trump, it may be coming to an end.

In his first days in office, President Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to the United States’ relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the idea of America at the center …

Foreign Policy

9 Emotional Intelligence Mistakes That Make Leaders Look Really Unprofessional

91 percent of employed American adults believe that interpersonal communication issues prevent leaders from leading effectively.<p>One of the most important attributes of being a good leader is empathy--as well as the ability to understand and react correctly to your employees' emotions when they are …

Emotional Intelligence

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs

Germans are taught that their historical horrors were collective failures. Americans, on the other hand…<p>Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the …

War

4 Ways Meditation Literally Changes Your Brain

Not all of us are neuroscientists but we do know that meditation is somewhat good for the brain. How is it good for the brain though? What kind of …

Counting the votes: How electors pick the president

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's an institution as old as the nation itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many Americans. The Founding …

How augmented reality enhances the classroom — even without technology

Several years ago, I made one of those foolish Dad choices. Despite my wife’s better judgment, I let my six- and seven-year-old sons watch <i>Men in …

The 1 Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started My First Job (Written by a Millennial)

Nobody mentioned this in college.<p>In college, everybody made the "real world" seem like a distant planet.<p>Teachers stressed the importance of "professionalism." Department chairs stressed achievements and beefy resumés. Peers stressed over grades, tests, final exams, and grade point averages. …

Middle School