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Swedish university ordered to refund American student’s tuition fees over ‘almost worthless’ degree

A university in Sweden has been ordered to refund tuition fees to an American student after she spent two years studying a course deemed “almost …

10 Trendy Tart Recipes To Bake In An Instant

1<p>This one is simple... classic... undeniably amazing! Rich, plain chocolate, honey and crisp pastry. To die for right?<p>1<p>This one is simple... …

Dessert

German Girl Admits to Lying About Migrant Rape Claim

A 13-year-old girl has confessed to concocting claims that she was kidnapped and raped by migrants after her allegations triggered outrage and a …

North Africa

6 national security questions we should be asking our presidential candidates

How many nuclear weapons does America actually need? And why are we still fighting a fruitless War on Terror?<p>To judge by the early returns, the presidential race of 2016 is shaping up as the most disheartening in recent memory. Other than as a form of low entertainment, the speeches, debates, …

EU opens debate on China trade status; U.S. neutral | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will consult industry and its trade partners in response to Beijing’s demand that trade barriers against it be relaxed, opening a politically charged debate on Wednesday that will shape future ties with China.<p>European Commission First Vice-President …

European Parliament

Here's Why Saudi Arabia Is Fighting So Hard for Power

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was …

Middle East

This map shows the brewing proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Throughout the wider Middle East, numerous countries are being wracked by unrest and civil conflict. And, in a majority of the conflicts, the ongoing crises can be seen as an expansion of a proxy war between two of the region's main powers.<p>On the one hand, Shiite Iran has been expanding its …

Dow has worst four-day start to a year on record

The global market freakout of 2016 just got worse.<p>The latest scare came on Thursday as China's stock market crashed 7% overnight and crude oil plummeted to the lowest level in more than 12 years.<p>The Dow dropped 392 points on Thursday. The S&P 500 fell 2.4%, while the Nasdaq tumbled 3%.<p>The wave of …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Here's what it's like to stay in one of Egypt's most luxurious resorts

With another location in Cairo, the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is one of two Egyptians properties belonging to the luxury hotel brand.<p>As expected of a Four Seasons, this 136-room resort has all the hallmarks of a five-pearl hotel: upscale dining options, elegant guest rooms, lovely …

North Korea’s Scary New Nuke Missiles Could Threaten the West Coast

South Korea could help the U.S. military block the KN-08, but will it?<p>In the wake of disturbing news about North Korean missiles, President Obama …

Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz strike an 'attack on the Geneva Conventions'

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama has personally apologized. But he didn't go far enough, according to Doctors Without Borders, the aid group whose hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was hit by a deadly U.S. airstrike.<p>The charity group -- which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF, and …

Syrian rebels face a new reality amid Russian air campaign

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed rebel group Tajammu Alezzah has been fighting the Syrian military outside the city of Hama for months, but a new player …

Donald Trump's plan for ISIS and Syria doesn't make a whole lot of sense

But experts have said the logistics of such a plan are full of holes.<p>In a "60 Minutes" interview last Sunday, Trump told CBS correspondent Scott Pelley that he would end the war against the terror group ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) by first letting ISIS take out Syrian President Bashar …

A complete guide to the Bihar elections

<i>This post first appeared on Carnegieendowment.org.</i><p>Over the course of four weeks in October and November 2015, voters in the Indian state of Bihar will elect their next state government. In India, which has a staggered calendar of state and national elections, another poll is always right around the …

India

CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.<p>Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several …

Pope Francis

In Dadri, a daughter asks: ‘If it is not beef, will they bring back my dead father?’

I have lost my father. I cannot lose my brother. Please do everything possible to keep him alive.<p>Written by | Dadri |<p>On Monday night, after an …

Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.<p>Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step …

Nearly a third of migrants in Germany claiming to be Syrians aren’t from Syria

BERLIN — German officials said Friday that nearly a third of all asylum seekers arriving in Germany and claiming to be Syrian in fact come from other nations, even as Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière called on European nations to take radical new steps to curb the region’s refugee crisis.<p>So far …

Doomsday seed vault opens for the first time due to Syrian war

Nestled into a frigid mountain just 800 miles south of the North Pole, a metallic building called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds almost 1 …

Man Jailed For Unpaid Traffic Ticket Suffers 'Excruciating' Death In Cell: Lawsuit

"It’s unconscionable that they let this human being suffer like this.”<p>video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player<p>The family of David Stojcevski, a 32-year-old man from Roseville, Michigan, who died in the Macomb County Jail last June after being arrested for failing to pay a $772 …

Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress.<p>Francis also called for a fairer world …

Christianity

A filmmaker who was charged $1,500 for using the 'Happy Birthday' song just won a landmark lawsuit — now she wants others to be repaid

Since 1988, Warner/Chappell Music has held the copyright to the beloved song and reportedly collected $2 million per year in royalties. It's been charging for every use, whether it's in a movie or TV show or a musician singing it to an audience member.<p>But all of that is about to change.<p>According to …

10 ways Pope Francis challenges us

<b>(CNN) —</b> Why does Pope Francis stir respect, even love, in the hearts of millions, including non-Catholics? Like other Christians, I look to Francis for spiritual leadership. Here are 10 reasons why so many of us admire this pontiff, and why his examples set a moral challenge for us on many …

Everything to Know About Volkswagen's Outgoing CEO

Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn announced Wednesday that he’s leaving the company, just days after the company confessed that 11 million of its …

Self-confidence

Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn resigns over emissions scandal

Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned three days after a scandal erupted over the German carmaker's cheating of emissions tests …

Dalai Lama says that any female successor would have to be 'attractive'

Tibetan spiritual leader courts sexism row by saying that an ugly woman couldn't do the job<p>TO his millions of fans in the West, he is the living, breathing embodiment of humanity and compassion.<p>But if stepping into the Dalai Lama's shoes was not a tough enough act already, he has now laid down an …

Egypt 'violated international law' through mass home demolitions along Sinai border with Gaza

The large-scale destruction of more than 3,200 buildings in Rafah as part of countering the threat of smuggling tunnels was probably disproportionate, says Human Rights Watch<p>The Egyptian army may have broken international law by forcibly evicting more than 3,000 families as part of its campaign …

Barbara Boxer: Carly Fiorina doomed by record, 'mean-spiritedness'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The woman who fended off Carly Fiorina to retain her Senate seat in 2010 says when America learns more about Fiorina's business record and "mean" spirit, she will no longer be riding high in the polls.<p>As Fiorina soars in recent surveys for the Republican presidential nomination …