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North Korea believed to earn a fortune from forced labor overseas, U.N. says

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea's catalog of abuses against its own people within the secretive country's tightly controlled borders has been widely reported. But Kim Jong Un's regime is also believed to be pocketing huge sums from tens of thousands of its citizens who are sent abroad to toil in forced labor …

North Korea

US government asks Toyota: Why does Isil have so many of the company's vehicles?

The US treasury department has asked Toyota for help in understanding why Isil has so many of their vehicles<p>American counter-terrorism officials have asked Toyota to help them determine why such a large number of their vehicles have fallen into the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant …

Russia launches airstrikes in Syria amid U.S. concern about targets

Russian warplanes launched their first airstrikes Wednesday against opposition targets in Syria, signaling a new and uncertain turn in the long conflict there.<p>Russian officials said the attacks in support of President Bashar Assad's government targeted positions of Islamic State, the Al Qaeda …

China hits back at Hillary Clinton in women's rights row

China has hit back at US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton after she called President Xi Jinping “shameless” for hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the UN while continuing to persecute activists at home.<p>A strongly worded editorial in the fiercely nationalistic, state-run newspaper Global …

Elizabeth Warren just gave the speech that Black Lives Matter activists have been waiting for

In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for broad policing reform - including de-escalation training and body cameras for all police officers - and likened the current Black Lives Matter movement to the civil rights movement that won black Americans the right …

Endometriosis often ignored as millions of American women suffer

A little-understood disease impacts up to one in 10 reproductive-age women in the United States – an estimated 7.6 million – causing debilitating agony, painless infertility and billions in economic losses as American women are forced to drop out of the workforce and seek expensive care for the …

Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others

NEW YORK (AP) — Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he …

LGBTQI

Best Art Ever (This Week) - Preacher, Lost, Tetsujin, Game of Thrones & More

We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and …

Game of Thrones

Quotes From Socrates That Are Full Of Wisdom

If you’ve ever fallen in love, you would know how good it makes you feel. It’s an exciting and at the same time terrifying sensation. You might be …

'Muslims are fleeing in droves': ISIS suddenly has a caliphate problem

The videos seek to reinforce the image of the caliphate — the territory ISIS controls in Iraq and Syria — as an Islamic utopia and capitalize on the dangers refugees face as they flee to European countries.<p>And these videos aren't the first propaganda messages ISIS has released about the refugee …

Middle East

Russian troops 'fear secret Syria mission'

<b>A top Russian human rights body says it has been contacted by Russian soldiers who fear being sent to fight in Syria.</b><p>The presidential Human Rights Council told BBC Russian that it was seeking an explanation from the Russian military.<p>Officers reportedly told some soldiers that they would be sent to …

Middle East

40 years ago the US sent Mexico into a financial crisis — and it transformed the narcotics industry

<i>In this excerpt from A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the Mexican Drug War, coauthors Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace</i> <i>explain how the US and Mexico jointly created the Mexican Drug War.</i><p>In the mid 1970s, the United States had added to its woes of recession those of …

Mexico

Here's the real reason artificial intelligence could be a threat

Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are just a few notable people who have warned about the perilous consequences associated with developing AI systems.<p>"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking cautioned last year.<p>Musk …

Artificial Intelligence

Former CIA director under Obama: 'Someone needs to lose their job' if reports about ISIS intelligence are true

According to a report from The Daily Beast, more than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom have formally complained that reports on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front— Al Qaeda's Syria branch — have been repeatedly altered by senior intelligence officials to fit with the Obama administration's …

National Security

The 27 most 'miserable' countries in the world

It's hard to get by when you don't have a job and the cost of living keeps rising.<p>This is the maxim behind economist Arthur Okun's "Misery Index," which adds together a country's unemployment and inflation rates. The higher the number, the more "miserable" your country.<p>There has been criticism of …

South Sudan

Drowned Syrian toddler embodies heartbreak of migrant crisis

Heartbreaking images that emerged Wednesday of a drowned Syrian toddler's body on a Turkish beach went viral, shared by thousands of social media users around the world.<p>The 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were reported by Turkish media to have been among 12 refugees who drowned when their …

Human Rights

Comic Book Review: Danger Girl: Renegade #1

Young Abbey Chase travels around the world to avoid thugs and hired mercenaries who want to use her as leverage against her father. Twelve years have …

‘The Unknown Soldier’ Sheds Light on Severely Injured American Troops

<i>The Unknown Soldier</i>, suggests New York-based photographer David Jay, is not about war; instead, it’s a confrontation of the invisible consequences …

Military

Adorable Photos Showcase Loving Bond Between 3-Year-Old and Her Doberman

It's no secret that dogs are some of the best friends that we'll ever have, and three-year-old Siena and her canine pal Buddha show us just how sweet and adorable this bond can be. The two are nearly inseparable, sharing everything from naps to skateboards to bath time. Their cute antics are …

Cute

Icelanders call on government to take in more Syrian refugees

12,000 in country, which currently accepts just 50 refugees, sign open letter with many saying they would house Syrians in their own homes<p>Thousands of Icelanders have called on their government to take in more Syrian refugees – with many offering to accomodate them in their own homes and give them …

Vienna stages protest welcoming refugees

Demonstrators carry banners saying: ‘I don’t want Europe to be a mass grave’<p>About 20,000 people took to the streets of Vienna on Monday to demonstrate against ill-treatment of refugees, police said, after the bodies of 71 people were found in an abandoned truck last week.

Vienna

Packed trains reach Germany as refugee visa checks are waived

Hundreds of people – many fleeing Syrian war – travel to Munich after authorities in Austria and Hungary allow trains to leave<p>Packed trains have arrived in Austria and Germany after Hungarian police suddenly allowed migrants camped around Budapest rail stations to leave the country without visa …

Trains

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB | DAVID LAGERCRANTZ | BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB | DAVID LAGERCRANTZ | BOOK REVIEW<p><b>I have been off sick now for eight days, the longest I have ever had a flu and it</b> …

Touching Photo Goes Viral, Raises Over $150,000 for Syrian Refugee

Photography has the power to change lives, and that’s what happened in a big way over the past week for one Syrian refugee. After a photo of the man …