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The 100 hottest restaurants in the US right now

To craft the list, OpenTable combed through more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified diners. Over 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were considered.<p>To make the cut, restaurants needed to have both high overall ratings and a strong rating in the …

North Korea readying another nuclear bomb for test – Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un has said North Korea will soon detonate another nuclear warhead and test launch ballistic missiles capable of carrying them, according to the official KCNA news agency.<p>North Korean submarine missing and presumed sunk, say reports<p>Read more<p>Kim made the comments as he supervised a …

North Korea

Poroshenko Offers Swap For Savchenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is ready to secure the release of celebrated Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko through a prisoner …

The Russian military is looking for a few good dolphins

Defense ministry wants to buy five dolphins with perfect teeth to carry out unspecified tasks<p>The Russian military is looking for five dolphins to help out with operations in Crimea. As the AFP news agency reports, the Russian defense ministry announced its search in a procurement document published …

Did Turkish Secret Service Kill a Powerful Russian Spy Chief?

The death of the powerful GRU (Russian military intelligence service) commander Igor Sergun is back in the news courtesy of The Jerusalem Post citing …

Nadiya Savchenko Gives Russia the Finger

On Wednesday, after Nadiya Savchenko blamed the Russian court for her own death, she climbed up on the wooden bench inside the cage in which she is being kept and showed her middle finger to the judicial bench. It was remarkable that she was able to do this, considering that she had had nothing to …

Founder of Russia Today died from 'blunt force injuries to the head'

A longtime aide to Vladimir Putin and founder of the state-run <i>Russia Today</i> channel, who was found dead in Washington in November, died as a result of …

Russia just broke into a business that American billionaires currently dominate

Space tourism is a growing business opportunity made possible by the advent of reusable rocket technology, which has only begun to take off in the last year.<p>In the lead are the privately owned American space companies Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, but Russia's private space company KosmoKurs …

Space Travel

Journalists and human rights workers attacked in Russia's North Caucasus region

Russian and foreign journalists and human rights workers have been attacked in southern Russia. They were beaten and their minibus set on fire with …

UN envoy: Syria cease-fire is holding despite some fighting

GENEVA (AP) — A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week's planned resumption of Geneva peace talks.<p>Staffan de Mistura spoke as he convened a group …

What the five most addictive substances on the planet do to your brain

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view different researchers, …

Online video suggests Syria motive in Moscow child murder

MOSCOW (AP) — A nanny accused of decapitating a 4-year-old girl and brandishing her head outside a Moscow subway station said during an apparent …

UN report: Syrian government actions amount to 'extermination'

Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of extermination of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators has said.<p>The UN commission of inquiry called on the security council to impose sanctions against …

Middle East

Mass Deaths In Syrian Jails Amount To Crime Of 'Extermination': U.N.

Tens of thousands of detainees are held by the government at any one time, and thousands more have "disappeared," the report said.<p>GENEVA (Reuters) - Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, …

Nato may deploy thousands of troops in Europe to ward off Russia

US, British and German troops may be deployed in Baltics, eastern and southern Europe in 'back to the future' deterrence<p>British troops could be deployed along Russia’s border with eastern Europe, under Nato plans to deter an incursion by Moscow.<p>Defence ministers meeting in Brussels today will …

Russian military deployed near Ukraine for huge exercises

<b>Russia is holding combat readiness exercises involving 8,500 troops, with dozens of ships and aircraft, in a southern region near areas of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels.</b><p>The snap drill in the Rostov region was ordered by President Vladimir Putin.<p>The southern military district includes …

Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for massive military drills amid continuing tensions with the West.<p>Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that some airborne units and military transport aviation were put on combat alert early Monday marking the launch of the …

America and Turkey begin Ground Invasion of Syria. How Will Russia Respond?

Amidst an almost total western media blackout, Turkey and the US have initiated a military invasion in Syrian territory. On Wednesday evening, the …

For six weeks every winter, the 300,000 people of Murmansk in the north-west of Russia must live without daylight. All photographs: Olga Kravets/Salt Images

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6 little-known facts about one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of World War II

The Battle of the Bulge was a Hail Mary pass by a führer who was quickly running out of options. Hitler desperately needed a decisive victory on either his Western or Eastern fronts. Remembering his series of victories after sneaking through the Ardennes forest in 1940, he went for a repeat in 1944.<p>…

The Bible Doesn't Say Anything

The Bible says...<p>This is a powerful statement. We've all heard it before, from a pulpit or politician, friend or foe. These three words conjure an absolutist stance and the highest authority, but the fact is, the Bible doesn't say anything.<p>Here's an experiment. Go find a Bible. Place it on the …

Norwegian police are warning their citizens against Russian intelligence 'honey traps'

The head of Norway's Police Security Service's (PST) counter-intelligence unit, Arne Christian Haugstøyl, has warned that Russia is using "honey traps" — a time-honored intelligence method of luring a target into doing something incriminating for the purposes of future blackmail — as a way to plumb …

Science says lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits

<i>In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.</i><p><i>But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.</i><p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the …

Russian fears of Syria becoming a 'new Afghanistan' | Syrian crisis

<b>Moscow, Russia -</b> Alexander Sokolov proudly showed black-and-white pictures of himself snapped more than 30 years ago at a Soviet military base outside Kabul, the Afghan capital, where he served as a communications officer.<p>Sokolov said he thinks the USSR left Afghanistan undefeated after the …

AP FACT CHECK: The Republican debaters and the facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson pitched a tax plan with numbers that didn't add up. Donald Trump boasted that he's paying his own way in the campaign, but he isn't. Chris Christie accused the government of stealing Social Security money that it has actually borrowed — and has been paying back with …

If elected, Bernie Sanders wouldn’t be America’s first socialist president

Following the first Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13, YouGov published a new poll which surveyed Americans of three political persuasions (Democratic, Republican, and independent) on whether they favored capitalism over socialism, or vice versa.<p>The results:<p>Following its publication, some …