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You can learn to be creative, if you’re willing to embarrass yourself

In 1666, one of the most influential scientists in history was strolling through a garden when he was struck with a flash of creative brilliance that would change the world.<p>While standing under the shade of an apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton saw an apple fall to the ground. “Why should that apple …

Creativity

Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speech: what can the experts teach him?

The Labour leader isn’t just preaching to the converted, he needs to connect with the nation. Former speechwriters to David Cameron and Tony Blair explain how it’s done – and why a well-placed Les Dawson gag can make all the difference<p>It takes a special kind of orator to change the direction of a …

Public Speaking

6 Curious Hacks to Accomplish More By Doing Less

Yesterday I've crossed two borders, closed three ongoing projects with my clients, sealed the deal with a new prospect and was home by dinner to share a cooked together meal with my significant other.<p>I work around 25 hours per week, get a healthy eight-hour sleep, take unscheduled day offs and …

US spies complain Isil reports 'rewritten to show Syria campaign is working'

More than 50 Central Command intelligence analysts formally complain that reports on the strength of Islamic State and al-Qaeda were altered inappropriately<p>The Pentagon has launched a formal investigation after more than 50 intelligence analysts working for the US military’s Central Command …

Al Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Declares War on ISIS 'Caliph' Al-Baghdadi

Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a …

A heavy price paid for botched terrorist raid by Philippines and U.S.

Before dawn on Jan. 25, a Philippine National Police commando team crept toward a thatched hut in the marshy jungles of Mindanao. They were hunting Marwan, an elusive bomb maker with a $5-million U.S. bounty on his head.<p>But they weren't hunting alone.<p>Five or six U.S. counter-terrorism advisors …

Terrorism

The US Marines tested all-male squads against mixed-gender ones, and the results were pretty bleak

In 2013, the US military lifted its ban on women serving in combat. Shortly after, the Marine Corps began what it calls an “unprecedented research effort” to understand the impact of gender integration on its combat forces. That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat …

Military

5 Apps That Are Better Than A Personal Trainer

<i>By: Joe Oliveto</i><p><i>Credit: iStock</i><p>Tech geekery and fitness have historically gone together like socks and sandals: they just don't.<p>But conventional wisdom no longer applies now that we've all got devices in our pockets. If the apps below are any indication, this geekery can help us get in the best shape …

Russian military build-up in Syria ‘unprecedented,’ officials say

U.S. officials are expressing growing concern about Russia's military build-up in Assad-controlled Syria, calling it "unprecedented" -- with one telling Fox News it compares in scope to Vladimir Putin's incursion into Crimea.<p>"It's beginning to look like Crimyria," the official told Fox News.<p>Two …

Middle East

Twenty Indians killed in Yemen as more foreign troops reported arriving | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi-led alliance killed at least 20 Indian nationals in air strikes on fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port on Tuesday, fishermen said, and more foreign troops were reported to be arriving to intensify the campaign against Houthi forces.<p>The Houthi-run state news agency Saba also …

Middle East

The British must formally – and swiftly – recognise Palestine as a sovereign state

On his last visit to Israel in March 2014, David Cameron spoke in only the most positive terms as he addressed the Israeli parliament, outlining his vision of a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.<p>Binyamin Netanyahu's UK visit denounced<p>Read more<p>“Imagine what this land would be like if a …

Israel

Why does the left care more about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism?

Why do leftists care more about Muslims than they do about Jews? If that sounds confrontational, consider this: this week, the Met Police released the latest hate-crime figures for London. They show that offences against Jews have risen by 93% over the past year, while offences against Muslims have …

Religion

Russia Says Its Military Experts Are Operating In Syria

The confirmation follows weeks of speculation that Moscow was increasing its presence in the country.<p>A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said the experts were helping Syria with Russian arms deliveries aimed at combating terrorism.<p>The confirmation follows weeks of …

Russia

14 Years After 9/11, the War on Terror Is Accomplishing Everything bin Laden Hoped It Would

Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that?<p>Fourteen years of wars, …

Wake Up America: the Real Threat Beside Iran's Nuclear Deal Is Saudi Arabia's Wahabism Ideology

If lawmakers returning to Washington this week are doing their homework, they'll realize Iran's nuclear deal isn't the only threat to international security at home and abroad. Our radical Islamic ally, Saudi Arabia, is also part of the problem, both in the Middle East and beyond.<p>It's rare that I …

The 7 Keys To Incredible Life Success

There was a time in my life, the majority of my youth, when I was a slacker whose primary skill was to find new ways to avoid anything worthwhile. I …

Pakistan among world's top executioners after terror attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) — For years, Pakistan did not put prisoners to death. Then a Taliban attack butchered 150 people, most of them children, and the …

Pakistan

How UK government decided to kill Reyaad Khan

The British drone strike that killed a number of Isis fighters, including two British citizens, has raised questions, including how David Cameron’s government arrived at its decision to kill its target, the British jihadi Reyaad Khan. We take a look at some of those questions.<p>How was the decision …

National Security

National Geographic put a GPS tracker inside a fake ivory tusk — here’s where it went

In the September 2015 issue of National Geographic, journalist Bryan Christy's story, "Tracking Ivory," began with a brilliant idea: Design artificial elephant tusks, complete with GPS devices, and monitor where they travel.<p>With help from experts, the tusks became a reality and journeyed across …

Khamenei Calls U.S. the ‘Great Satan,’ Says Israel Won’t Exist in 25 Years

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the U.S. the “Great Satan” and threatened the future existence of Israel in a series of sharply-worded tweets Wednesday morning, just hours before Congress was set to open debate on Iran deal resolutions.<p>Iranian nation did expel this Great Satan; …

South Asia

Is it legal for Australia to bomb Syria? Five facts you need to know

The Abbott government has confirmed Australia will join US-led airstrikes in Syria. But are there any domestic or international legal ramifications for extending our role in the Middle East conflict?<p>The Abbott government confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to extend airstrikes into Syria against …

Middle East

5 Motivational Videos To Help You Succeed In Life

I am not as successful as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but I am very proud of what I have achieved in the last couple of months.<p>In the last six months I …

Self-control saps memory resources

New research shows that exercising willpower impairs memory function by draining shared brain mechanisms and structures<p>In an infamous set of experiments performed in the 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel sat pre-school kids at a table, one by one, and placed a sweet treat – a small marshmallow, a …

The Brain

A peace agreement just ended one of the worst conflicts on Earth — but there's a huge catch

On August 26, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir finally signed a peace agreement that will formally end nearly two years of civil war in the world's youngest nation, which gained its independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011.<p>Kiir, under the threat of possible international sanctions and a …

US servicemen hailed as heroes for stopping French train gunman

Barack Obama joins praise for heroes of French train attack, who prevented a far worse tragedy<p>President Barack Obama has hailed the courage of two members of the US forces who tackled a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.<p>But for their intervention, the White House said, …

The 70s Porno Makeover for Pro-ISIS Warlord

The fiery Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir was arrested at Beirut’s airport, looking more Ron Jeremy than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.<p>Everyone has their own version of …

Middle East

Secret files reveal techniques of Cold War Soviet spies

In what sounds like the plot of a spy novel, a Soviet agent who gave away Britain and America's atomic secrets told MI5 interrogators how he was trained in espionage techniques<p>Cold War espionage secrets have been disclosed in newly-declassified MI5 files which reveal how Soviet spies obtained key …