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Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

“It’s not the country I imagined for you”: A letter of apology to my grandson

<b>(Christian Delbert via Shutterstock)</b><p>The war on terror, an apathetic electorate and state-sanctioned torture — this is the America I’m leaving behind<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>April 25, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Dear Grandson,<p>Consider my address book -- and yes, the simple …

Political Science

Joss Whedon criticises Jurassic World clip for '70s-era' sexism

The writer and director of The Avengers has spoken out over a clip from the dinosaur sequel for its portrayal of women<p>Joss Whedon has suggested the forthcoming science fiction sequel Jurassic World risks advancing “70s-era sexist” stereotypes after viewing an extended clip in which stars Chris …

Mirror's Edge 2 & Mass Effect 4 to release by April 2016 - Pachter

Mass Effect 4 and Mirror's Edge 2 will both release before the end of March 2016, industry analyst Michael Pachter has predicted.<p>In a new report …

European foreign ministers back Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid

The foreign ministers of Germany and France appear to have come close to breaking with diplomatic convention by publicly backing Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency.<p>Laurent Fabius of France and Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany offered unusual praise for Clinton, who on Sunday revealed she …

White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

<b>(Blend Images via Shutterstock/kati1313 via iStock/Salon)</b><p>The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race<p>Dr. Robin DiAngelo<p>April 10, 2015 6:16pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Good Men Project.<p>I am white. I have spent years …

Here's Your First Look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the Upcoming Suicide Squad

It wasn’t long after director David Ayer shared a cast photo on Wednesday from a read-through of the upcoming <i>Suicide Squad</i> on Twitter that fans began …

DC Comics

Obama and Castro arrive in Panama as historic ministers' talks raise hopes of deal

Highest-level meeting in more than 50 years between both countries' foreign ministers comes ahead of Summit of the Americas in Panama<p>Barack Obama and Raul Castro arrived in Panama late on Thursday ahead of a historic meeting between the leaders at the Summit of the Americas expected to accelerate …

Cool Arctic squirrels may hold key to Alzheimer’s cure

The processes in their brains during hibernation are exciting scientists<p>This month, Arctic ground squirrels emerge in Alaska after eight months’ hibernation. It hasn’t been easy: during hibernation, their body temperature can drop as low as -2.9C, a record for mammals, and stay there for two to …

Women put sex, sensuality and gender politics on screen in Berlin

A date night at the movies in Berlin this Valentine’s Day promises an alternative perspective on love. As the city’s film festival reaches its climax next weekend, the desires of the female audience will have come into sharp focus. And it is erotica, rather than traditional romance, that is taking …

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry

The Pirates of the Caribbean star and Heard, his co-star in 2011’s The Rum Diary, have tied the knot in Los Angeles ahead of a larger ceremony in the Bahamas this weekend<p>The actor Johnny Depp has married his fiancée, Amber Heard, in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles, it has been reported. The …

Taylor Swift is going to war with fans on Etsy

The online marketplace allows users to sell their handcrafted goods — a kind of boutique eBay. It is popular with fan communities like Swift's, and numerous T-shirts, pictures, candles and other items on the site are emblazoned with the singer's image and lyrics.<p>But Swift has had enough, and she is …

John Kerry’s landmark initiative: Why the State Department’s new LGBT post is a big deal

<b>John Kerry (AP/Susan Walsh)</b><p>For the first time ever, the U.S. will have an envoy devoted to LGBT issues. The move comes at a pivotal moment<p>Luke Brinker<p>February 6, 2015 4:50pm (UTC)<p>Later this month, the U.S. State Department will appoint a gay career diplomat to serve as the country's first-ever …

LGBTQI

Wingnuts’ latest meltdown: Conservatives go nuts over Obama’s remarks on Christianity and Islam

<b>Erick Erickson (Credit: Fox News) (Fox News)</b><p>Obama reminds fellow Christians that their religion has been far from perfect. Cue conservative freak-out<p>Luke Brinker<p>February 6, 2015 3:56pm (UTC)<p>Speaking before the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama denounced those "who hijack …

Religion

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …

U.S. and Cuba set to start work on opening diplomatic relations

Acrimonious neighbors for 50 years, Cuba and the United States this week are expected to take the first concrete steps toward opening diplomatic relations and an entirely new relationship in trade, traffic and tourism.<p>The most senior American official to meet with Cuban officials in a generation is …

Star Wars: George Lucas ideas for films abandoned by Disney

As rumours emerge of the first female stormtrooper, Lucas says he devised plot treatments for a seventh Star Wars movie, but none were used in JJ Abrams reboot<p>Star Wars creator George Lucas has admitted his ideas for a new trilogy of films were ignored by studio Disney after he sold all rights to …

Star Wars

Cutting The Hobbit down to size: no dwarf-elf flirting, no albino orcs

One anonymous editor has whittled down Peter Jackson’s nine-hour, three-part unexpurgated journey down to a single four-hour chunk – with the odd casualty<p>• The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - review<br>• More from Week in geek<p>Never underestimate the fury of amateur film-makers outraged that …

Dan Budnik’s best photograph: Martin Luther King after his I Have a Dream speech

This was taken on 28 August 1963, right after Martin Luther King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. I was a member of Magnum, but I wasn’t there for anyone. I just went along hoping to take a great picture. There was a feeling in the air, a sense we would …

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

George Lucas says Disney 'didn't want to do' his version of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

More than two years after he sold his empire (and his rebels!) to Disney, George Lucas is enjoying his retirement from making <i>Star Wars</i> movies—not to …

George Lucas

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

<b>(Tod Klassy/Shutterstock)</b><p>Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>Rebecca Solnit<p>December 27, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one …

NASA Planning Human Mission to Mars With Orion Test Flight

"Unscrewed" flight test on December 4.<p>In the ongoing effort to explore this solar system's Red Planet, NASA will launch its first flight test of …

Endless Legend Review

A cartographer's dream<p>Endless Legend is lush. Simply put, it’s one of the best-looking turn-based strategy games I’ve ever seen. The graphical style …

The truth about science vs. religion: 4 reasons why intelligent design falls flat

<b>Neil deGrasse Tyson (AP/Richard Shotwell/CURAphotography via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The devil’s in the details<p>Greta Christina<p>August 4, 2014 4:53pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><i>Of course I believe in evolution. And I believe in God, too. I believe that evolution is how God created</i> …

Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls Robin Williams the 'Father I Always Dreamed of Having'

Robin Williams was not only a costar to Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS comedy <i>The Crazy Ones</i> – he was the dad she “always dreamed of having.”<p>In a …

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery