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Saudi Arabia 'wants no more German weapons': report

A Saudi official has told "Der Spiegel' magazine that good relations with Berlin come before arms deals. This comes as Chancellor Merkel, on a visit …

Essential reading: nine experts on the books that inspired them

From film to philosophy, from music to history and economics, masters of their crafts pick the five books they could not live without<p>Philosophy: Alain de Botton<br>‘Seneca should be the author of the hour’<p>Author Alain de Botton is known for applying philosophical concepts to everyday life; his books …

Literature

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2016

The world’s richest man is studying up on tennis and electrical grids this year.<p>Bill Gates, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft, has kept up his reading and book reviewing. Today he released an annotated list of his favorite books from 2016. They include David Foster Wallace’s essays on …

Bill Gates

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Urban Planning

Microsoft Researchers Predict What's Coming in AI for the Next Decade

Seventeen Microsoft researchers—all of whom happen to be women this year—have made their calls for what will be hot in the burgeoning realm of …

How ISIS Returned to Syria

After nearly a decade of sponsoring jihad in next-door Iraq, Assad lost a third of his country to the same proxies.<p><i>This is the final chapter in a</i> …

Middle East

Here are the books longlisted for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Looking for a book suggestion? PEN America's got you covered.<p>Starting this week PEN America is kicking off its literary award season by announcing …

Books

Egyptian lawmaker's call for virginity tests draws fire

CAIRO (AP) — A women's rights group has filed a legal complaint against an Egyptian lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission, the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported Sunday.<p>It quoted Maya Morsi, head of the state-sanctioned National Council for Women, …

China’s Disappearing People Problem: The Story of Wang Quanzhang

On July 9, 2015, Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) joined the ranks of China's disappeared people, and has been held incommunicado to this day. While many of these individuals are activists or journalists, Wang is a Beijing lawyer who has taken on sensitive cases involving human rights and the Falun …

The 11 Biggest Time Wasters to Avoid in Building a Startup

These experienced entrepreneurs share the biggest time-wasting blunders they've ever made -- so you can avoid them.<p>You have about 100 billion things to do in order to build a successful startup. The last thing you have time for is wasting time. So I talked to some seasoned entrepreneurs who all …

I left Silicon Valley to start up in India. Here are my lessons learned the hard way

I had a cushy job in the US for over a decade. I was working in the Silicon Valley, helping startups as well as Fortune 500 companies roll out …

Investment in adolescence will pay dividends

Do most of us really know the meaning of the term adolescence? If yes, do they realise the significance of this phase in a person’s life? Even if …

Teens

India’s Chabahar test

Project illustrates India’s opportunity. Delay points to deep-rooted internal constraints<p>Written by |<p>A rare trilateral engagement with the president …

India