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The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Cyprus

In an IS training camp, children told: Behead the doll

SANLIURFA, Turkey (AP) — The children each received a doll and a sword. Then they were lined up, more than 120 of them, and given their next lesson by their Islamic State group instructors: Behead the doll.<p>A 14-year-old who was among the line of abducted boys from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority …

Parenting

Journey to Pluto: 9.5 years, one amazing flyby

We are SO CLOSE!<p>After a journey of 9.5 years across 3 billion miles of space, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about to give humanity its first detailed look at Pluto and its large moon Charon.<p>At approximately 4:49 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, the spacecraft will fly within 7,800 miles of Pluto's …

Amazing

After 'El Chapo' escape, Mexico offers reward for fugitive drug lord's capture

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mexico's most notorious drug lord now has one more nefarious title: serial prison escapee.<p>Authorities are scrambling to find Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his stunning escape from a maximum-security prison west of Mexico City.<p>The leader of the Sinaloa cartel stepped into a shower Saturday …

Mexico

EU cancels summit in attempt to stop 'Grexit'

The EU has cancelled a full 28-nation summit to decide Greece's fate in the single European currency as eurozone finance ministers attempt to reach a deal with Athens in "difficult" reform-for-bailout talks.<p>European Council President Donald Tusk said on Sunday that a summit of 19 eurozone leaders …

Europe

Jared Fogle out as Subway pitchman as investigators search his home

<b>(CNN) —</b> The attorney of longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle said Wednesday that his client is doing "quite well" a day after investigators raided his Indiana home.<p>Ron Elberger told a reporter for CNN affiliate WTHR that Fogle had been able to see his family and should be able return home.<p>"It's his …

CNN

9 tourist attractions that are dying

<b>(CNN) —</b> The dilemma is sometimes likened to a double-edged sword.<p>Historical and natural sites of extraordinary beauty often draw large numbers of visitors to the countries that host them, providing a healthy tourism revenue.<p>However, those same crowds often have a detrimental effect on the places …

CNN

Fox to make same-sex marriage movie based on landmark ruling

Fox developing a film based on the life of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case that led to the recent US marriage equality ruling<p>After the 26 June ruling that same-sex marriage should be legalised in all states in the US, Fox is planning a movie based on the case that led to the …

Google Should Give U.S. Citizens More Privacy Rights, Says Consumer Watchdog

U.S. consumer rights organization, Consumer Watchdog, has lodged a complaint with the FTC that Google is being “unfair and deceptive” by not extending the sorts of individual privacy rights it now offers Europeans — under Europe’s May 2014 ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling — to its U.S. …

Uber is starting to suggest where you should ask to be picked up

Right now, if you order an Uber, you get to set where you want to be picked up on a map. That's useful, but it doesn't take safety or traffic into account, or whether there's actually room for an Uber car to wait for you.<p>Now, Uber is starting to recommend where you should ask to be picked up. Green …

Autonomous Vehicle
Public Health

Greece is set for a bleak reality check as it pushes for debt deal

Greece’s efforts to get a good part of its debts written off are set for a big reality check later Tuesday, as leaders from around the Eurozone …

Floyd Mayweather stripped of title he won in Manny Pacquiao fight

Boxer stripped of WBO welterweight world title he won in Las Vegas in May for failing to comply with rules<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization …

Amazon says 20th birthday celebration will be bigger than Black Friday

To celebrate its 20th birthday, Amazon is introducing Prime Day, a "global shopping event" that the retail giant says will offer more deals than Black Friday. The deals will become available at midnight ET on July 15th, but will only be available to Amazon Prime customers in the US, the UK, Spain, …

12 Brownies That Are Totally OK To Eat For Breakfast

Want permission to eat brownies for breakfast? You're an adult, so you can make brownies part of your morning meal in any way you please.<p>And if you want a little help, we've rounded up some smarter ways to go about it. A few of these chocolate recipes are made healthier with snuck-in oats or …

Can you solve the fiendish beehive hidato, the new sudoku? – video

Hidato is a big hit in Israel – a sudoku-like puzzle invented by computer scientist Gyora Benedek. It's usually laid out on a grid, like sudoku, but for the first time we give you ... beehive Hidato! Click here for a written version of the puzzle

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns despite referendum no vote

The controversial minister says he is standing down after pressure from Greece’s ‘assorted partners’<p>The Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has quit, despite the country’s decisive rejection of the eurozone’s terms for the country remaining in the single currency.<p>Varoufakis, who infuriated …

Honda chief: Product development needs more time for quality

TOKYO (AP) — To illustrate his vision for a turnaround at recall-slammed Honda, Takahiro Hachigo, the new chief executive, showed video footage set to a light-hearted 50s-style rock music of happy people with Honda products, like a lawn mower and the Asimo walking robot.<p>But that kind of almost …

Automotive Industry

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

It has taken nearly a decade and 3 billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific …

Spacecraft

Japan Accepts American Challenge To A Giant Robot Duel

Following the challenge laid down by American robot company MegaBots at the end of June, the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry has responded and it seems that a giant robot duel between the two companies is very much on.<p>The creator of the Kuratas mecha, Kogoro Kurata, has responded in a …

Anime

Defiant Greeks reject EU demands as Syriza readies IOU currency

Europe suffers biggest bloody nose since failed French and Dutch referenda a decade ago in Greek landslide revolt<p>Greek voters have rejected the austerity demands of Europe's creditor powers by a stunning margin, sweeping aside warnings that this could lead to the collapse of the banking system and …

Photographer Captures a Crow Riding on the Back of a Bald Eagle

Capturing animals riding other animals seems to be a new trend in wildlife photography. First there was a weasel riding a woodpecker. Next was a …

Coming to Minecraft: New Ender Dragon, dual-wielding, redstone for Pocket Edition, Windows 10 beta

LONDON — A panel of Mojang developers speaking at Minecon 2015 teased a number of new features being developed for Minecraft, though they didn’t give a specific timeline for their release.<p>Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more notable elements in the works:<p><b>Ender Dragon</b><p>The general feeling at …

Software

33 Blueberry Recipes We’re Completely Obsessed With

Breakfast

10 Secrets for Successful Selling on eBay

We all have too much "stuff" in our wardrobe, closets and lives. Sometimes we want to throw it all away. But you can have fun and recoup a few dollars if you use eBay's platform to sell online.<p>If you have an email and Paypal accounts, you're already half way done. The registration and setting up of …

Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe's common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy.<p>Results showed about 61 …

Europe